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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nurture & Nature

Me in 2007 & 1987 --I still like horses, but I no longer like the idea of riding ©Nina Buesing (top image managed by Getty)

As I get older the more I understand that people remain a product of their childhood. Whether it was a good or bad or just an average childhood. Artists perhaps are more conscious of their childhood and I know that for me my creativity is based in my experience. Last year I travelled to the Arctic circle in search of capturing a visual that had formed when I was not even 10. While in Sweden I took some images that I was pleased with, but I did not really get what I was after.
Unexpectedly I was able to capture what I was searching for on the last day of my visit home recently. I am glad I travelled to Northern Sweden, but I did not need to. All I was looking for was right where I grew up.

While in Hamburg, we took a walk with my parents and passed by my father' s old office. My dad asked me if I remembered the office. And my dad smiled as I recalled coming to the office with him on Saturdays, the contents of the office fridge, walking up the stairs and buying honey candy at the market in front of the office. I must have been about six, but the memories are vivid, as if they happend yesterday.

Last night we had a nice vegge meal at Angelika's Kitchen with Aza who was home for a lecture. Aza's film Momma's Man recently aired on PBS, and if you go to www.thirteen.org you can watch Momma's Family the Momma's Man's featurette (by Aza & Darius Marder).
This documentary is a behind the scenes look at the making of Momma's Man. My favorite part of the featurette is a scene in which Aza acts the part of Mikey and Diaz the part of Mikey's wife, and Mijah, Aza's dog, stands in for the part of Mikey's child. Meant in jest, the scene however encapsulates so much of our generation and reiterates the message of the movie. Delayed adulthood, nostalgia for our childhood and if you had a full childhood like Aza and I, immense gratitude and a deep understanding of continuity.

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