Monthly Archives: April 2009

Magnus as Dashboard Decor

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N79.

Tues. 04.21.09 – My lunch was *not* agreeing with me, so I stopped at Bay Liquor to get a 6-pack of Diet Coke (oh, lovely bubbly nectar of the post-modernist goddesses), when I got back in the car Magnus was perched on the passenger side dashboard and was not moving. He did not get off until we parked at home, luckily we were only 2 blocks away, that little sandy rascal.

Washed Up Carnation and Seaweed Bulb at Low Tide

Carnation and Seaweed Bulb at Low Tide
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N79.

Tues. April 21, 2009 – Carnations are interesting flowers, in that depending on place and culture, they can be seen as cheap, throw away flowers of the industrial flower age or as a flower of celebration and history, or as flowers of ritual, time and place.
In California for most of my lifetime, they are the cheapest flowers that one can buy in a mixed bunch at the supermarket or on a busy street corner. To purchase carnations says that the buyer did not think, as well as the grocery store carnations smell bad in a clean sort of industrial way.
According to various sources online, carnations have a grand and long line as a meaningful and majestic flower through history. And last year, when I was in the south of India, they were everywhere and beautiful. Bright red and yellow carnations floating in big bowls of water, being strewn in the streets of Chennai by a funeral procession, or in the streets of Panaji as a shrine, used as the flowers in garlands for wedding and laced along gates & buildings, temples, and trees.
Given the context and color and look of the carnations in India, they did not convey cheap and industrial, but were lovely, sacred, and vibrant.
When I saw this typically modern American red & white carnation washed up in the intertidal zone of the beach today, instead of thinking of my not so great American carnation associations, I thought of the loveliness of the flower in India and its role in ritual.
I wondered who tossed it in the Pacific Ocean and for what life occasion. Then, with the diurnal ritual known as the tides, the Pacific brought it to the beach. And I photographed it.

A Photo Shoot with a Cheeky Bird and Tammy!

April 18, 2009 - Magnolia and Tammy Callis
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N95.

Sat 04.18.09 – Ever since Tammy saw Mary Tsao’s fabulous photo of her pregnancy that I favorited on Flickr, Tammy asked if we could do a photo shoot with her and Magnolia (aka Bird) before the new baby arrives. Given that Tammy is now in the last 2-3 weeks of her pregnancy, I have asked her every couple of days the last two weeks if she would like to do the photo shoot today?
It has never been the right time, until late this afternoon when Tammy and Bird showed up at my door all dressed up to go to a play. It was not quite yet the ‘golden hour’ but in the shade between the apartment buildings the color and lighting was just right for my Nikon FM3a. We took half a roll of Agfa slide film at that Jason Schupp had given me last year with Bird performing admirably and taking good photo art direction.
When I pulled out my Nokia N95 to get a few digital stills, Bird started to act up. Whether it was being so good for the previous 10 minutes or whether it was the appearance of my tried and tested Nokia camera phone, but Bird started to goof off. The above photo was the best of the photos from my Nokia, the best in a good cheeky way. Go Bird Go!


Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N79.

Fri. 04.17.09 – This afternoon, I met up with my mom to go to lunch and to see the Roger Kuntz painting exhibition, Roger Kuntz: The Shadow Between Representation and Abstraction, at the Laguna Art Museum. We had a delightful outdoor garden patio lunch across PCH from the Museum at the Madison Cafe and Gardens before we headed over to the Museum to see the Roger Kuntz show.
Both my mom and I truly enjoyed Kuntz’ Freeway series of paintings from the early 1960s as they had strong light and shadow all the while hovering between Abstract Expressionistic Color Field paintings and Pop Art. We also loved the marvelously impish “surrealistic pop” Blimp series from the early 1970s, I particularly liked the “Lunar Approach” and “Goodyear Hits Target”.
My mom liked Kuntz works so much that she bought the exhibition monograph the Museum bookstore. As a small aside, my Grandma Grace studied painting under Roger Kuntz in the early 1960s, so after we went to the museum, my mom left to directly go over to my Grandma’s to show her the Kuntz book.