personal-snapshots

snapshots #6

biking around iwami, october 2016

i’d completely forgotten about writing these snapshots until today, it hit me: the memory of the two days we spent biking around iwami in october, 2016. it was my second time in iwami; the first we’d visited in august and rented bikes for one day to avoid dying from heat. this time we got bikes for two days, which meant we had more time to wander aimlessly around and across town, all the way in the direction of the ooiwa station.

maybe it sounds weird, but those electric bikes are one of my favourite things about iwami. that sense of freedom, rushing down the quiet streets and pathways along the coast… everything from biking up a lush hill to doing u-turns at the parking lot of a konbini feels like you’re running on endless energy, and absolutely nothing can stop you. we ran into waving and laughing school kids on the side of narrow roads, stopping to stare at the fields; then back to the pier and all the way to the bulwark, where tons of concrete tidal wave stoppers stood between us and the ocean.

those were windy days, not hot and humid like those in august; but in some ways it was better, because we had the freedom to go anywhere, anytime. at night the wind would pick up and beat against the floorboards, but that rush of speed and laughter during the day… it’s something i still felt vividly, as i was biking in very different small town, today.

maybe one day i’ll buy an electric bike. it won’t be called rin-chan like the one in iwami, but hey. some moments are better lived in a certain time and place.

One of my all time favorite snapshots: a personal photo of Burgess and Orson Welles at a rehearsal for The Campbell Playhouse production of The Chicken Wagon Family on CBS Radio. January 20, 1939. Orson and Burgess have a long and very interesting history together. Let me share how it all started: 

They first met during this rehearsal for a CBS Radio production in 1939 and later that year Orson approached Burgess to star opposite of him in a play he wrote titled Five Kings. At the time Burgess was under contract to star in another play written by his close friends Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weil and therefore was very reluctant to accept Orson’s proposition. So in typical Orson Welles fashion he dogged Burgess in the most outrageous ways. One example of this is how he sent a five-man band from Harlem to serenade and follow Burgess around until he accepted. 

In the end, Burgess gave in and accepted the role. He said the concept of the play was inspired and brilliant but that very little went right in the production. For years he relieved it in his nightmares, and ultimately had to leave. Orson was incredibly disappointed, but they remained “distant friends”. Blowing off Kurt and Max was a sad memory for Burgess - yet he always said that if he had to do it all over again he would probably repeat himself and added: “such is my nature - cycles of rebellion and regret.”

The only fan page solely dedicated to Burgess Meredith // Lovingly ran by his grandniece in attempt to keep his legacy alive.

During the six years of his professional career, thousands of photos were taken of Kurt Cobain both in concert and offstage - but he hated the bulk of them. This photograph, taken at Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe in the fall of 1992, was one of the few personal snapshot Kurt liked enough to keep in his own scrapbook.

Here’s something a little personal. This is a snapshot of a moment from one of the harder weeks in my life. I wanted to capture the warmth that is possible to feel even when you’re drowning in sorrow, and happiness and stability feel unattainable. My friends and my faith get me through those times. These are the things that last and I am so very grateful for them.