Almost Annual Equinox


This old house is oriented on the cardinal points – the word oriented derives from “facing east” – so around the equinox, the sun shines straight through the house at dawn. It’s especially dramatic in Spring, when the trees are still bare.

I love these remnants of old analog time. A more primal rhythm than the digital clocks that measure out our days, one that doesn’t run on batteries.

Speaking of analog, this is that old borrowed camera. It belongs to an artist friend, the one who painted the large canvas over the sideboard in the living room, of the field on fire. Doug’s wife, Giselle, actually. Usually it’s sitting on a shelf in her studio, next to bees nests, bird bones, fox skulls, and painter’s palettes covered in wax.

She has a new show up this month in Charlottesville, that we really, really like. Each piece is a pastiche of map details and gold flake land masses floating in pale blue seas, all covered in wax encaustic.

detail of “Mapping the Seas” by Giselle Gautreau

Here are some more photos from that camera, taken around the equinox. Including some from Terri’s studio with works in progress.

2 Replies to “Almost Annual Equinox”

  1. Very cool stuff. Liked pic inside house. Great word study starting from Latin oriri, to rise. Or from were the sun rises. How about origin, begining. Or that land far to the east, the Orient. I used to have a Yashika MAT 124G (double lense reflex). From highschool through my days in the Air force I had access to a dark room with enlarger. I loved black and white medium format. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the archeology of language, treasures hidden in plain site. Every word, every letter even.

    Those old mid-century cameras still work amazingly well. Easy to see why they were replaced, as they are neither cheap nor easy to use; but my grandfather’s 70 year old mechanical camera still works as well today as it did new. Not true of my digital cameras less than half as old. Even my later film cameras, enhanced by electronics, no longer work. Batteries gone bad and not replaceable, or decayed inside the camera, destroying the circuits.

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