Monday, December 28, 2009

Dorothea Lange was a natural photographer in the truest sense because she lived, in her words, "a visual life." She could look at something: a line of laundry flapping in the wind, a pair of old, wrinkled, work-worn hands, a bread-line, a crowd of people in a bus station, and find it beautiful. Her eye was a camera lens and her camera--as she put it--an "appendage of the body." During her last illness, as a friend sat near her bed, she suddenly said to him "I've just photographed you." Lange had engaged in this camera-less sort of photography for decades, from the time she was a young girl, and it served as both the foundation of her art education and her first apprenticeship.
Bored and disillusioned with school, she would often cut class and go walking through her neighborhood, the lower-east side of New York. She would make herself as unobtrusive as possible, and look at things and people.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Only interesting thing bout it

Jane (i.e. ME) went to see the new documentary, "UNTIL THE LIGHT COMES". Film about the controversial black metal scene in Norway/Sweden. The film was very poorly done (imagine a freshman video project in a community college that had no editing equipment). I almost walked out 2 thirds into it due to my boredom, but stuck it thru to learn "sumthin". I did. The "movement" aint really some Performance Art thing, it's simply a pack of losers who want to rebel against everything around them (i imagine the weather instigates their mood-swings).
The "suicides", "murders" and "churchburnings" are episodes of upping the ante to competitive bands who wanna steal their throne of "I'm the creepiest one of all" trophy.
The most interesting thing, for me, and what made my $11 worth the drag was observing the correctional system in Norway. Very pristine. Like a Howard Johnson hotel. Unreal. The cell is equiped with computer, printers, books, curtains, NOTHING like the U.S. correctional system. The boy who killed a rival bandmember recieved the maximum sentence allowed in the country, 21 years! I could not believe it. Here we are, in the supposedly MOST civilized country in the world, and we pass out the lethal injection and multiple life sentences like blue light specials at Kmart. I truly believe that the individuals who endure the 21 year sentences in that country have a possiblity for true and sincere rehabilitation due to the humanity taught to them while experiencing punishment. Punishment = Social Physical Freedom. When interviewed, the convicted boy stated that he views his sentence like being inside of a monastery. He is focused on reading and "thinking" about the effects of his behaviour upon others and himself. This point alone, this observation I had into the life of a human being's experience, made this crap movie worth my time.

p.s. I am SO glad I am not a teenager anymore. Especially a bored one, dressed in black tights, in Norway. God Save the Queen.

p.s.s. I have just learned doing some online research that the murderer was released and is on parole! unbelievable.

click on this link below for his story and update...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brittany Murphy RIP.

She MADE "Girl Interrupted" worthwhile. I will miss her and her incredible work.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

tore this outta an old magazine !

click on the paper above and make it BIG, then read the paper, and then ask yourself, "ummmm, do i REALLY wanna be a social worker" ..."ummmmm, do i have ANY tylenol left in da house?"

Friday, December 18, 2009

Carol Browner.

But why joey? (i.e. ME). why a BLOG on this lady???
ummmm, because i love hearing her public speaking abilities.
and leadership qualities.
THATS WHY ! now shut up and read ! -

Carol Martha Browner (born December 16, 1955) is an American lawyer, environmentalist, and businesswoman, who is Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama Administration. Browner previously served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration.

Browner grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law. After working for the Florida House of Representatives, she was employed by Citizen Action in Washington, D.C. She became a legislative assistant for Senators Lawton Chiles and Al Gore. Browner then headed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection from 1991 to 1993.

She was the longest-serving administrator in the history of the EPA, staying through both terms of the Clinton presidency. Following that, she became a founding member of the Albright Group and Albright Capital Management during the 2000s. She also served on a number of boards of directors and committees dealing with environmental issues. She assumed her new post in the Obama administration in January 2009.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Documentation for assessment purposes.
This, too, is one of the tasks of the activist.
To record in Sketches, in Photographs, and on Film.

And to write, yes, to write, believing that what is engraved with a pen cannot be uprooted with a bulldozer (like an olive tree in the Palestine).

-Dorothy L. Hodgson

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My lovely new book:)

True to being the troublemaker that i am.

p.s. i got this from a SMITH COLLEGE professor who wrote it so don't blame me for my transgressions. Blame Tiger Woods.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Emily Dickinson: The Poet in Her Bedroom

The film documentary was average.
The Q and A was great (because i blabbed and incited a semi-riot about her possible mental health secrets).
The Amherst Theatre ruled.
Mount Holyoke College is the best of the 5 sisters.

p.s. I was told via a txt message today that i am doing the "Mentrual Ivy" thing. Whateva. These sister schools make me wish i was a "Mean Girl"!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people – Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

To The Lighthouse.

I do not think anything could have inspired me more than the writing of Virginia Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE. It is so strange listening to the art of the written word. It reminds me so much of the making of films in the editing room- strips of "moments" hanging besides the editor, calling to be used and praised.
In moments of terrible strife, it is art. It is this kind of work. it is the inspiration to MAKE this kind of thing, that is the true power others can not take away from you. They can try, and YES they will. But their sheer envy will betray them. And it is your confidence that will enjoy everlasting victory. I'm sorry if it sounds sad, but it is true.

Large parts of Woolf's novel do not concern themselves with the objects of vision, but rather investigate the means of perception, attempting to understand people in the act of looking. In order to be able to understand thought, Woolf's diaries reveal, the author would spend considerable time listening to herself think, observing how and which words and emotions arose in her own mind in response to what she saw.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Old Toys, New Toys.

Well, the Board Camera was my "TOY" of choice for many years, and many successful films. They afforded me (not just cheap-wise$$$$) so much to work with. The pinhole lens allowed for incredible Fisheye compositions. The black and white visual married with 9 volt battery static problems afforded me natural errors and "grain" type textures. I instantly fell in love with how easily i could carry them around and use. For sound, i synched up Hearing Aids. and got EXTREMELY sensitive recordings (thumping footsteps, actors breathing or weezing, outdoor ambient sounds while dialogue captured clearly).
All that said, NICE PEOPLE was my final goodbye to this aesthetic. I am now interested in the SLR Digital Cameras and what i may do with them. I need something new to play with, to re-vitalize my desire to make different types of films and tell different types of stories.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

1969 at PS1 MoMA

Just got back from PS1 MoMA's exhibition of "1969".
Blew me away, WORTH the drive out there.
You walk in seeing and THINKING "black & white" SOCIAL REVOLUTION.
crazy. crazy. crazy. A MUST see. SO well curated. Films, Newspaper articles. Photography.
Rich, thick, mudd deep into that point in time. and point in ART...

click on this link for more...

p.s. i got a great Jennifer Reeves DVD film also for her last work "Light Work Mood Disorder" at their bookstore ! Wahoo!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Last nite i treated myself to an amazing show in Brooklyn. Zoe Keating and Imogen Heap. I was so inspired by Zoe. Her passion for her instrument (cello).

Here r 3 video clips i took from the show.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009