Friday, August 18, 2006
Plants Do Amazing Things
First off, I would like to thank the wonderful Sparacino Ristorante 6966 W. North, Chicago, (773) 836-2089 for this shot. It's a beautiful place to eat and the food is amazing. Go there. Eat something. Do not skip dessert -- especially the molten chocolate lava cake.
When my friend Angela worked at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort, Gary Bussey checked in one night. He asked for two rooms, one for him and one for his spirit (it was the anniversary of his motorcycle accident) and the rooms were to have tons and tons of plants in them so that he could breathe. Angela checked him in and he said, Speak up. You have one of those creepy museum voices and then started whispering like a maniac in imitation. Angela has a gorgeous voice, one that therapists and phone sex operators everywhere would kill for, but the whole incident made me laugh. Gary Bussey checked his room, said they were not enough plants and he couldn't breathe, did they understand the gravity of the situation?
I'm not much for plants to breathe or otherwise. Growing up in the seventies, one knows that you have to talk to plants as well as feed and water them to make them grow. Cut flowers, that's something I have energy for! I once saw a flower that smelled like rotting meat. The outside was beautiful, more beautiful than any flower I'd ever seen. The smell made you step back. I always thought of plants as static, but not anymore. One had amazed me. Maybe Gary was onto something.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse." Diane Arbus
Michelle's Magic Mojito
2 shots of lemon rum
2 shots of tonic
1 dash of organic sugarcane
Serve over crushed ice.
Benedictions and Maledictions
In answer to Bonnie's question about what makes a great photograph -- Being a modern girl through and through, photography is my favorite visual art form. I dabble in it myself (I'm not very good), but I admire photographers. My friend Keith is an excellent one! And my favorite photographer of all time is Diane Arbus. She took pictures of nudist colonies, dwarfs, people in horrible and strange settings. As for what makes a photograph great, there are two things. First, I love the beautiful fashion photography -- the gorgeous images in magazines, the pictures of people that make you want to go out and buy clothes now! But more importantly, I love the picture that isn't necessarily flattering -- the picture that reveals something private and unexpected about the subject, that breaks open the eye. If anybody has ideas about this, please feel free to post on the comment board.