I hope you will join me today in welcoming Sara to the blog in an official capacity.
Regular readers will know that Sara is my partner—an amazing and accomplished person (of course, I’m not biased)—an architect by training, international aid worker by profession. She has worked in the fields of poverty housing and disaster response for more than 20 years—most of that time in developing countries, employed by a major international NGO whose name you would likely recognize. She directed the organization’s rebuilding project following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and most recently directed the same NGO’s response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
At the moment she is completing a short term project for the same group—one she’s been able to finish from home.
But being home for an extended period of time leaves Sara a little bored. Thus, she is taking on a creative project we will share via my blog—namely she’s attempting to take a photo a day for the next year—to keep a journal of photos that will image our lives for the coming 12 months.
As an architect, Sara has a good eye, I think. She does not, however, have a decent camera. She is currently taking photos with an aim and shoot device that was once mine—a minimally pixel-ed hand-me-down, at that. So we hope you will appreciate the ideas these photos share—not to mention, my Sara’s heart, and the spirit with which we offer them.
The first photo in the series was taken on January 1, 2012, and is called “Slow start to a new year.” Sara shot me, having gone back to bed on Sunday, sandwiched by my two white dogs (both of whom snore, by the way).
In this image Sara is playing the vertical lines created by the head board against the horizontal stripes of the bed spread. It reminds me of the Laurie Anderson song in which she asks, “Is time long, or is it wide.”
“Slow start to a new year,” indeed—me, remaining horizontal on what might be considered a very vertical day. The photo was also shot near noon—the sun at its highest point in the sky on one of the shortest days of the year.
In many ways, this is the story of our experience right now. We don’t know what’s next—only know that Sara’s work will most likely take us back overseas in the not-too-distant future. We are in a sort of suspended animation—our lives generally very vertical with activity, but now stopped short, flat—as we wait, listen, dream.
So, is time long or is it wide? You tell us. Did you get a slow start to this new year?
(Note: If you would like to read more about Sara, you might appreciate a guest post I did about her at Jacquelin Cangro’s blog. Click here to read.)