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    “Then I decided that this disorder and this dilemma, revealed by my desire to write on Photography, corresponded to a discomfort I had always suffered from: the uneasiness of being a subject torn between two languages, one expressive, the other critical; and at the heart of this critical language, between several discourses, those of sociology, of semiology, and of psychoanalysis — but that , by ultimate dissatisfaction with all of them, I was bearing witness to the only sure thing that was in me (however naïve it might be): a desperate resistance to any reductive system.” — Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

  • Photography

    This is a beauty of dissonance…

    This is a beauty of dissonance, this resonance, of stony strand — from “The Lonely Land” by A.J.M. Smith   If you know me at all, whether in person or online, then you probably know that my heart lies with rocky coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean (evidence: here, here, here, here, and here). I’ve also talked before about how when I was living in Halifax I would often drive out to Peggy’s Cove in the off season in search of new ways to look at what is a pretty iconic tourist destination. These two very different images come from one such trip on a very windy April day. It was cold, the sky…

  • Recommendations,  Required Reading

    Wednesday Words

    Renamed. Reworked. Same basic premise as the “Required Readings” I was doing before. I recently wrote a review of Sue Sinclair’s Heaven’s Thieves, and I still find myself thinking about it almost daily. Vacation The shoddy balconies, sliding glass panels, reflected swirl of leaves.   Why does everything that appears in glass look like a face?   The mirror-trees stand half in this world and half somewhere else, a place not necessarily better than this one   but faraway and therefore enviable.   — from Heaven’s Thieves (Brick Books, 2017)

  • Reading Watching Listening,  Recommendations,  RWL

    Reading Watching Listening

    Reading… Wine. All the Time. by Marissa A. Ross. The book has blurbs from both Mindy Kaling and Leandra Medine, so OBVIOUSLY I was going to get it. And it’s great. I’m now swirling and smelling and sipping and taking tasting notes. I’ve learned A LOT. Plus Ross is hilarious and I kind of want to be her best friend. Watching… Fleabag. WHY DIDN’T I WATCH THIS SOONER!? Phoebe Waller-Bridge is brilliant. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It made me sob. Really sob. The pacing is so spot on. The comedic rhythm is just off kilter in a way that works so well. Breaking the fourth wall has never worked so…

  • Photography

    The Ocean Calls

    The ocean calls to me all year long. Honestly. I grew up landlocked, so I’m not sure where the deep-seated desire to be near the ocean came from, but it is definitely there. I miss proximity to the ocean on a daily basis and get a substantial thrill each time I get near a large body of water. These are two photos of what will hopefully be a four photo series. Top: “The Ocean Calls (Summer)” taken on the boardwalk at West Point Lighthouse on PEI Bottom: “The Ocean Calls (Spring)” taken at Peggy’s Cove, NS Both available as prints and more in the shop now.