Monthly Archives: May 2010

pontoon bridge, karakalpakstan

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I’ve now archived (and keyworded) 1670 photos. My bum hurts from sitting. I’ve barely begun. I remembered and located an excel file full of info about my shoots in 1999-2000, so I have detailed dates. I love that, though it’s more info to key in. I took this photo ten years ago Thursday (May 6). This pontoon bridge leads up to (what remains of the) Aral Sea, from Urgench, in Uzbekistan. That’s where we were headed. The light there is always this harsh and flat. Oh, what a land.

2010:grandma’s dress:nyc

Another break from Lithuania, and the archiving. I rarely shoot selfies but it’s been a big weekend. I wore my grandmother’s dress for the first time Friday night. My sister gave it to me in 2006 from Grandma’s closet (her pink bedroom with homemade dolls and her urn with the elephant Grandpa glued on top are featured in “grandpa’s house”) when they were clearing the house. The closet was still full, though she died seven years earlier in 1999. The dress isn’t quite her style, so we aren’t sure the story behind it. Judging from the hems, it’s clearly homemade, probably by her or one of her five sisters (there were nine kids in all). Not sure why I waited so long to wear it. It’s amazing.

Oran Warren and Euphemia Francis. May, 1991.