art, photography

the spy who stayed out in the cold

“hey, would you like to be part of a wes anderson-inspired photoshoot?” i texted the gogglette a few weeks ago.

“um, YES.” she replied. i’m glad i have friends like that.

i didn’t have much concrete inspiration at that point other than my knowledge of anderson’s the fantastic mr. fox, moonrise kingdom, the grand budapest hotel, and the fact that i was wearing pumpkin-coloured corduroy pants that were about two inches too short.

during the next week or two i conducted fact-finding missions, leafed through the wes anderson collection, contacted other potential participants, had other potential participants volunteer, wished i looked as good in bright yellow as natalie portman does in hotel chevalier, shivered through the first of november’s cold blasts, and watched my participants dwindle in the face of kansas (okay, technically missouri) weather. a possibility of seven inches of snow, by some accounts, was predicted for the day scheduled for the shoot. but the gogglette was game, despite threats of impending doom … er, snow.

“what are your thoughts about photos today?” she texted me. as in, “what’s your inspiration?” good question. “because i’ve convinced myself i’m a dead-faced ingrid [insert something i’ve forgotten that had to do with eastern europe] … but i could convince myself otherwise.” aha! eastern europe. that sounded promising, because, at that point, i didn’t really have any sort of coherent vision, since the cast situation had been in flux. i scurried around the house picking up anything that looked remotely eastern european (and a few things i just thought were interesting), shoved them in the case i keep my stationery in, and sped away in my black rabbit to meet the gogglette at the nelson-atkins museum of art in kansas city.

in the end, much of our/(my) inspiration came from the grand budapest hotel, lenin’s tomb, agatha christie’s destination unknown, the shop around the corner, the spy who came in from the cold, and soviet propaganda.

the following photos illustrate the story of ingrid … but what precisely that story is remains for you to discover. is it a heist? is it a swap of top-secret documents? what do all those rendezvous with russian literature mean … and why does she slip behind the iron curtain? innocence abroad and the gogglette bring you … the spy who stayed out in the cold.

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family, photography

blackwatch hallowe’en

what do you dress your dog up as for hallowe’en?
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well, if he’s a wee woolly scotsbeast, you dress him in a proper kilt.
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and then, though you’re not at all scottish yourself, as far as bloodlines go … you make sure you have a dress to match his kilt so people will know you belong together.
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after all, you’re both curious …
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have sometimes unmanageable hair …
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but like to look stylish, all the same.
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there’s just nothing quite like a good dog.
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or a good friend.
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or robbie lewis, my dear fuzzy, fiesty little scallywag of a scottie.
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happy hallowe’en, from our house to yours!
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photos by blaine freidline.

 

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photography, quotes

say grace

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“you say grace before meals. all right. but i say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before i open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before i dip the pen in the ink.”
— g.k. chesterton

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Christianity, ministry

amelia’s (and robbie’s) ice bucket challenge

so by now you’ve heard of the als ice bucket challenge, which raises awareness, support and money for people who have lou gehrig’s disease. also now there’s the “rice bucket” challenge, where you dump a bucket of rice over your head and it supports feeding the hungry in the phillippines (which is pretty cool).

i was challenged to do the version with ice water, but with a twist — to raise awareness of and donate to the voice of the martyrs. VOM is an organization that provides aid, medical care and support to men, women and children around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in God.

persecution happens every day in a variety of places or circumstances often not considered “newsworthy,” but it’s especially bad in iraq and syria right now. thousands of people are being forced to flee their homes — both Christians and non-Christians — and even children are being beheaded.

children. how is that okay to turn a blind eye to?

please http://www.persecution.org to learn more about how you can support those who are being persecuted.

while most of us, as individuals, can’t go over there and help directly, we can bring what’s going on to public attention and help pave the way for those who are able to go into the fray and serve and protect those who are vulnerable and in danger. i know dumping water on my head is kind of a silly thing to do in the grand scheme of things, but if it helps raise awareness, compassion and support for those in need, then pour the water on!

(thanks to robbie, who did not completely squirm out of my arms while i talked, and who got wet with me.)

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“flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” — henry ward beecher

this spring our hollyhocks finally bloomed, and though their stalks are now crispy brown from the summer heat, the cheerful sunflowers have begun to grace us with their faces.

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the view from today: sunflower summer

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blake’s pickle

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a new taste

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