Wednesday, May 13, 2015

girls standing on lawns

i came across this enchanting book at the library the other day and fell completely in love. i was overcome with a sense of nostalgia, feminism, purpose, and life.

i've always loved photography and photographs, and as a person also into family history i really enjoy sifting through old photos from my parents and grandparents. i can't help but stare at the images and wonder what was happening, what were these people thinking, experiencing, feeling.

girls standing on lawns is a collaboration between illustrator maira kalman, author daniel handler, and the museum of modern art. (this is the first in a series of collaborations!) the book is filled with photographs of girls standing on lawns that are straight from MoMA's collection. with each photo is text by handler, with paintings by kalman interspersed. in 2012 i heard kalman and handler give a penny stamps talk in ann arbor, and it was a amazing. so as i read books they collaborated on i really get a sense of the two of them working together.

this is such a beautiful book in every way and i'm happy to have crossed paths with it.
one morning
we found some photographs.
one morning 
these girls stood on lawns.
we looked at the pictures,
and we got to work. 

there's no use standing around.
you should so something.
perhaps she stood there
so that she could stand still.
stand for something, 
stand for something!
otherwise what do
you stand for, 
why are you even standing?

* photos, illos, and quoted text are from the book

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