Experimenting with a worn out children’s book from 1976 about an old turtle named Edgemont who rediscovers the wonders and vitality of life when he ventures from his worn out home after years of isolation, I was inspired by Edgemont’s transformation to alter the life and purpose of the worn out book by strategically tearing pages to reveal a new chapter of the story in abstracted layered dimension. The resulting compositions resemble a sort of map or geological cross section of sorts with each layer/page supporting the next in perfect harmony of color, line and texture. After photographing the resulting abstracted topographic landscapes, I decided to present them as a vinyl album mockup, as I plan to eventually pair with a collage and layering of sound samples as Soundscapes to continue the story.
I returned last week from my second trip to Phoenix, AZ this month. The first time was to stand next to my dear friend, Angela as she united in spirit and law with her husband, George. That was a beautiful and wonderful traditional Greek wedding with a flare of modernity, but I am sickened to say, I don’t have any of my own photos from any of it.
The second trip was to attend the annual University & College Designers Association conference. It was an amazing trip. Not only did I get to spend some more quality time with my newly wed friends, but I learned a lot of useful things during the conference, met awesome people who do what I do, and even had some extra time to lounge by a couple of the 8 pools at the conference designated resort. Needless to say, the trip as a whole proved to be a very well rounded experience, leaving me inspired and rejuvenated, just as I had hoped.
When I find more time, I’ll write in greater detail about some of the things I took away from the conference and the trip as a whole. In the meantime, I’ll let the photos do the talking.