Posted on October 27, 2014
Originally posted on Journeyofaphotograph:
tick – tock – tick – tock
step – step – step
I loved the idea of this project from the beginning, over a year ago now. It set a seed, inspired me to look towards from a difficult time, into the future, a place I hoped to reach, to where I am now, posting this.
Sometimes you don’t know why you do, you don’t even know if you can, you just know you have to. You press faith into faith, and hope the meaning will come clear. You keep laying each mark, and trying to build. Through a series of connections, you begin to make up a whole. This project itself is this type of journey, gaining more resonance and a sense of itself as it moves on. Each bone in the spine is essential.
This small composition forms part of what I hope to be a…
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Posted on June 25, 2014
It seems there are close relationships between music and art. Music is taking my main priority at the moment as I’m recording some new things, writing some others. When I’m in a listening state of mind, I find myself suddenly much more aware of all the sounds around me – I took a walk on the beach today and heard the sucking of water in the sand, the rhythmic crunch of my feet on the stones. I peered into a cave, heard first the drip-drip-drip of water inside it, and then an odd soft hoot of a bird nesting in the cliff face, somewhere just above me. My favourite sound by the sea is the clicking and ringing of metal against what I imagine must be boat masts – I used to cycle past a group of boats on my way into college in Brighton, when my ears were full of music too, and always loved that sound in the wind.
So I’m feeling like my visual side is slightly toned down, while my ears are awaking..it’s a little close to madness, being so awake to sound at times, and you need a break!
So I did some sketching. Somehow though I found that music coming out in my fingers as I drew these flowers..so I think my eyes and ears are working together..can you hear my tune?!
(If you’re on a laptop you might have to tip your screen a little to see this one!)
Posted on June 20, 2014
Posted on February 23, 2014
Sleep just didn’t want to happen in this wild and windy night tonight, so I distracted myself and made this collage.
Layer upon layer of golden fossilised fish..
(this is taken from a scan of a Mene rhombeus, which, according to Bristol University (take a look at their brilliant cabinet of curiosities), is a beautifully-preserved fossil fish from the famous Monte Bolca (or Pesciara) site, in Verona, Italy, from some 50 million years ago!)
Posted on January 30, 2014
I’m working on some new collages at the moment. There are so many decisions to make – how much to include, what works with what, how everything you add creates an extra layer of meaning – does that layer add interest or distraction? Too many choices!
Then sometimes I come back to the original, paired right down, and I like it with no alteration. This is the base that I am working with, an image from a few years ago. After exploring the thousands of possibilities, I’ve ended up now quite enjoying its space. I often come back this way, a confusion of noise, settled down to a few quiet lines.
I’ll post up the layered versions next time, would be good to hear what you think!
Posted on August 28, 2013
Posted on August 25, 2013
is in a thousand things
it is where you are
now, soft asleep
where we lay
years ago, moons ago
when we woke up
at the same time in the morning
facing each others eyes.
Before all this
and still now
it groans in the wind of the hills
and in the aching of lovers lost
and it is in the mourning
and in the living
it is down that street
where the cat fought the fox
it is in your legs
on the line
it is in
the growing of things
from warm soil
from seed, that grows seeds
that fly away
It rests abroad, in other hearts, too,
It is in trees, green and orange
it is in leaves, new and fallen
and yes, it is in the wind
on the grasses
stroking the lines from my face
I have always been
more at home
in the small moments
only in one place
© C. Rennie 2013
Posted on August 11, 2013
Posted on August 10, 2013
Posted on July 28, 2013
Posted on April 6, 2013
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been engaging in some really exciting collaborative work, both visual and musical. I’ll share the musical soon, but today and tomorrow I’d like to share with you work that I have been undertaking alongside the fantastic visual artist, Elena Caravela. Both of us exchanged work, for the other to add to and manipulate, creating something new.
Part 1: Adolescence and Thorn.
I was so excited when a few of Elena’s Bird-Children figures flew from her hands to mine this week, having followed their progression on her blog for several months.
This piece combines Elena’s wonderful watercolour figure and birds from her Adolescence work, with photographic work from my Threads series. On viewing the bird’s inquisitive beaks, these thorns came immediately to mind. There is a huge sense of both vulnerability and defiant strength that sings out from the figure, which I have tried to engage with in this piece. Here we have caught her at a defining moment, in which anything may turn..
It was a great learning experience for me to work in this way, and I really enjoyed the whole process! Travel over to Elena’s blog to see the work that she has undertaken in this project, and her fantastic originals..you will not be disappointed.
© C.E. Rennie/Elena Caravela, 2013