becky venteicher

becky venteicher

I've been enamored with Becky's work for years - the layers, mystery and occasionally humor; there's a duality of reverence and wit and I was interested to learn more about her day to day and process which made me want to head off into the night with a tripod. Her playful interaction rooted in curiosity and inquiry into creating pictures other than those that figure her children, we wound up and down the hills and valleys she calls home. 

Becky's Work
https://www.beckyventeicher.com/
https://www.beckyventeicher.com/

 

Beauty in the Layers | Becky Venteicher

anna christine larson

anna christine larson

A conversation that was illuminating in all it's beautiful authenticity, Anna leads us through her garden of creativity and talks about how she actualizes the life of her dreams as a photographer and mother of three. I appreciated her comments around gardening as a metaphor for creating: the miracle of planting seeds and growing them into a harvest we cook and eat - it's a lot of work and exhausting and one we're ready to break from in the winter, but each spring, there's an avid eagerness to plant again.  

Anna's work:
http://anna-christine.com/
http://anna-christine.com/blog

Anna's Cookbook
Plants on the Table

A few pictures we discussed:
Potatoes
Garlic in the sink
Radishes
Triplets

Anna Christine Larson | Poppie

Anna Christine Larson | Poppie

michelle rusk

michelle rusk

As we've personally been a part of Michelle's path to where she is now with her lifestyle brand Chelle Summer, this conversation is a little personal and we cover a wide span from her earliest memories of creating to where she's at now. Her daily discipline that includes running, walking her dogs, house tasks and writing BEFORE she gets into the real business of her day, the pockets of time she allocates for sewing, estate sales, cooking, entertaining and spending time with her husband - it's frankly (and personally) overwhelming how much ground she covers in the most natural of ways. Michelle attributes much of her discipline to lessons learned in running and her deep love of writing and creating. Her ability to find stories in the most unusual places and her message to keep at it and follow where it takes you.

Michelle's Website
http://www.chellesummer.com/

michael ash smith

michael ash smith

One long lucid dream is what this conversation felt like. Michael takes us on a long walk and leads us down his poetic path of balance, film and small moments. Of daring to create to silence the noise and living a mantra of being here to do something unique; to create something unique; of looking at creating like an empty space to do whatever he wants; to trusting in the unknown. It's one big beautiful conversation that personally left me with a need to explore and experiment. 

Michael's work:
http://www.michaelashsmith.com/
http://ashimagery.com/

kristianne koch riddle

kristianne koch riddle

Adventure. If there was one word that surfaced over and again it was that. And no wonder. I don't think we've ever had a chat where we talked about sailing to Catalina Island or French Polynesia let alone living on a sailboat and how that can snap you into the present. Our talk with Kristianne was like talking on waves of creativity spanning her roots and outlook and inspirations. 

Few references worth noting - the altarpiece she cited is the Braque Family Triptych; the book Dove, painter Bill Viola and Wabi-sabi aesthetic

Kristianne's Work
http://www.kristiannekochriddle.com/
http://kristiannekoch.com/

lili love

lili love

This show with Lili Love is exactly like it sounds - one filled to the brim with a playful goodness that draws a smile from deep inside.

As a good part of her foundation is photography that was one tightly bound with her youngest son - a boy who was happiest roaming the woods lost in discovery, we talked through the intimacy and longing in the pictures  and the turn it took when her boy became  ill. Lili bravely opens up about the stark shift from collaborator to caretaker, and the reconciliation of needing to let go of photography. It's a story closely intertwined with the rebuilding of her home which was demolished due to a mold infestation, and in the process, allowing creativity to flourish in other areas of life.

As a being of comfort and loveliness, Lili's playfulness and childhood whimsy surfaces repeatedly: creativity is the tread which connects all the pieces of her life together. The space she creates for her family, her nostalgic collections of objects, teacups and  eclectic prints and posters, her varied endeavors of baking, knitting, stitching and crafting. Her very being and all she brings forth always reminds me of how I felt playing as a child. 

Lili has recently collaborated with a photographer in the States on a Feathered Project  which brought her unique vision to light in a new way - one that tells a story of hope and longing, of childhood and nostalgia, of all the loveliness that is Lili. 

Lili's work
http://lililovephotography.com/
Her project collaboration: Feathered

maryanne gobble

maryanne gobble

Maryanne Gobble

A creative wanderer with an explorers heart and a deeply ingrained love for the world around us, Maryanne's story is one of place, space and discovery. What began as photographing the breathtaking beauty of the land that surrounded her in Oregon morphed into a solid series of self portraits within the grand landscape. Our conversation began with this beautiful series - it's beginning and evolution - before turning to a topic of change: how moving and environmental transitions affect the creative process. Maryanne also shared deeply and openly about a series with her husband Josh and the therapy it provides.

Maryanne's work
http://www.maryannegobblephotography.com/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaryanneGobble

tytia habing

tytia habing

He Didn't Make It | Tytia Habing

He Didn't Make It | Tytia Habing

Quiet, studied, deep and fiercely committed to creating the finest in each picture, this would be Tytia. Her reverence of nature is pure and refined, and reflects a lifelong relationship. Tytia's story is epic yet reserved. Her roots in horticulture and landscape architecture paired with her love of photography are readily evident in the photographs she creates. There's a pureness and intuitive sense of design. 

Our conversation spans her growing years to her life in the Cayman Islands; her role as mother, daughter and artist, her thoughts on riding those times when things aren't making sense, and the backstory of various series. 

Tytia's portfolio: http://www.tytiahabing.com/

Amanda O'Donoughue

Amanda O'Donoughue

Richard's first words after listening to our interview were "passionate audacity" ... I'd add to that, authentic bravery. In this deeply personal conversation, we ride the tides of love and the poignancy of devastation. Amanda is an artist based in Tallahassee, Florida; a native of the state in every way, she bares her soul and boldly guides us through the ebb and flow of her life. I've watched her grow and transform. I've been a witness to the projects the Universe rightly placed in her hands. I've been fortunate to have met her a few times in real life both in my area and as a guest in her home. I've squeezed the little and big men in her life and was immersed in the jewels and gems she surrounds herself in. I experienced the light she lives for and stand alongside her on the path we've chosen. 

To see all of her work including her powerful series of post partum depression, follow the links below. 

http://www.amandaodonoughuephotography.com/

http://www.partum.me/

About

A portrait photographer living in Tallahassee, FL, Amanda primarily photographs mothers and their children. The mother and child bond is something that is so complex yet so easily translated into photographs as something real, emotional and intimate. 

Amanda spends her days raising two young sons, exploring the abundant natural resources that North and Central Florida has to offer. When heads, hearts and hands are experiencing nature together, we are at our happiest. 

Nothing accumulates in my life but nature, love & photographs.

Claudia Parashiv

Claudia Parashiv

Artist installation of "Hula" 

Artist installation of "Hula" 

Our very first podcast spanned a range of topics: day-to-day rituals and the value of moving those items for "you" to the beginning of your day; a new way of looking at collaboration, knowing your limits, embracing areas of shame and embarrassment and turning those into strengths. Claudia discusses her beginnings in high end residential architecture and her transition into community art that ultimately led her back to where she began on her terms. 

https://claudiaparaschiv.com/
https://salempublicspaceproject.com/

The book Claudia referenced is Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino:
One night I was, as usual, observing the sky with my telescope. I noticed that a sign was hanging from a galaxy a hundred million light-years away. On it was written: I SAW YOU. I made a quick calculation: the galaxy's light had taken a hundred million years to reach me, and since they saw up there what was taking place here a hundred million years later, the moment when they had seen me must date back two hundred million years."