I couldn’t quite find the right words for this post. Anything that needs saying from me is said through the photographs. So I asked my dear friend Emerald to share some words about her grandma Lois.
Some may not comprehend the beauty of capturing a funeral in photos. To some, moments kindred to death may assume too morbid, too dark, too much to want to share. I beg to differ, having Alicia there that day is a gift we cherish, not only for her support as a dear friend, but also to help my family remember the celebration of my grandma’s life in such a memorable fashion. The pictures are naturally exquisite, as my grandma was. The surreality sinks in; the fact that she is gone, because I spent last year living with my grandparents. I feel her with me all of the time. Among a million things she had a gentle yet contagious laugh, a roaring sense of humor shared only with those in earshot, worries that would attract your care, and a heart full of faith that only knew to give. If I am blessed to grow to resemble anyone, I pray it be Lois Gilleran. They just don’t make ’em like that anymore. I will remember our love forever and am grateful for sharing the journey of my favorite angel.
“Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, then no matter. Go right on doing what you love.”-Lois Hurst
These photos are far from perfect. In fact these images are a very imperfect result of the way I’ve been seeing lately. They are real and a reminder that I am constantly growing and traveling in the right direction. They are a reminder that I exist in a place full of dancing and doing what I love.
Sometimes you just need a simple idea, two friends, a roll of film and a motel to get yourself out and shooting.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t think it was possible to miss the memo that yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I hope everyone showed themselves some love aside from all the flowers, chocolates, and mushy gushy Hallmark cards that were traded. You all are beautiful.
I’m in a very transitioning state in my life right now. My free spirited soul has told me it is ready for the next step. Good thing it happens to be 2013. A new year means a new adventure right?
My dear friend Emerald happens to be experiencing an adventure of her own as well. She just recently packed her bags and moved from her hometown of Helena, MT to one of my favorite places, Oak Harbor, WA ( You can see my adventure to Oak Harbor here.)
These photos were taken at her grandparent’s house this past summer where she was living in the upstairs apartment. In fact it’s the same house her grandmother Lois grew up in, so it has a very special place in her heart.
Congratulations Emerald on your new adventure. I can’t wait to come visit.
Some afternoons should be spent coloring and doing nothing else.
Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Walk out like someone
suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you have died.
Your old life was a frantic running
The speechless full moon
comes out now.
Meet Wyatt. He is an incredible photographer doing a 365 project that makes me wish I didn’t have commitment issues.
You know those people who enter into your life unexpectedly and you have a connection with them from the very beginning. Sarah is one of those people.
“Sometimes when I sit and sing to the night and no one else, I can hear the sidewalks laughing to themselves.”
– Hot Damn Scandal