SMB #16 SomerVision

The Fluff Girls (Thru the Keyhole Burlesque) at the "What the Fluff?" Festival - September 2012

The Fluff Girls (Thru the Keyhole Burlesque) at the “What the Fluff?” Festival – September 2012

I just attended a presentation by Mayor Curtatone to the Boston Society of Architects Urban Planning Group about the future of Somerville. As a resident who wants to eventually own a home in Somerville, I was extremely interested in what he had to say. The whole time he was talking, as I watched the photos and plans flash across the screen, I experienced what I imagined the Grinch felt when his heart grew three sizes larger.

Jay and I have lived in Somerville for seven years, and I’ve watched this city blossom around me. I’ve also heard stories from its past, before the red line came in and changed Davis Square. The phrase “bloody mess” was once used to describe the area near where I live. It’s hard to picture that now. There is so much here I love, such vibrancy, and I want so desperately to be able to own a home in Somerville. It makes me anxious to think it might never happen.

Either way, while I’m here, I’m going to make the most of it. Below is an incomplete list containing a few of my favorite things about Somerville, some which will be touched upon in more detail as the year progresses. In no particular order:

  1. HONK! Festival
  2. What the Fluff? Festival
  3. ArtBox
  4. Arts at the Armory
  5. The Somerville Theatre
  6. Slutcracker
  7. Artisans Asylum
  8. ArtBeat
  9. SomerStreets
  10. Monster Mashup
  11. Somerville Arts Council
  12. Union Square
  13. Ignite Festival
  14. Somerville Open Studios
  15. PorchFest
  16. The Illuminations Tour
  17. The Museum of the Modern Renaissance
  18. Local is for Lovers
  19. The Community Garden
  20. The Farmers’ Market and Winter Farmers’ Market
  21. Boston Shaker
  22. Taza Chocolate
  23. Diesel Cafe and Bloc 11
  24. Somerville Public Library
  25. Brooklyn Boulders
  26. Kitchen Inc.
  27. Cuisine en Locale
  28. So Many of the Restaurants and Bars
  29. Q’s Nuts
  30. The Davis Flea
  31. Union Square Donuts
  32. Dave’s Fresh Pasta
  33. Booze Époque

 

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SMB #15 Dinosaur / Robot Tug of War

I came across this mural one day, when Jay and I took the Ashmont-Mattapan line out to see the Baker Chocolate Buildings (mostly it was an excuse to ride in the old trolley). I don’t understand it at all, but it is wonderful.

Taken October 2011

Taken October 2011

 

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SMB #14 Slip on It

I wish there were more hours in the day, and that I could have all the time I need to sort out my thoughts and share them eloquently with you. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), sometimes I have to focus my energy elsewhere. Today is one of those days, so instead I share with you one of the best pieces of graffiti I’ve come across. I took this photo in November 2011 in Harvard Square.

Come over here and slip on it, if you dare

Come over here and slip on it, if you dare

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SMB #13 Mise en place!!!

My favorite graffiti of 2013 was found on the Northern Avenue Bridge in April.

I love Boston. Even the graffiti is nerdy.

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SMB #12 Email Interview

I don’t always understand the graffiti or sticker art I come across. This one, taken in Boston, stumps me but at the same time makes me smile.

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SMB #11 – Why I do what I do

I don’t pretend to be an amazing photographer. There’s some great shots in my collection, some taken by skill and a good eye, others by dumb luck. A few are downright crappy, but they feature something interesting. Friends have asked me why I don’t lock my photos down and sell them. This photo below is one of the reasons:

Spongebob Squarepants in the sand, Tybee Island October 2013

Spongebob Squarepants in the sand, Tybee Island October 2013

I took this photo during our honeymoon, when we stopped briefly in Tybee Island, Georgia. Someone had drawn Spongebob Squarepants in the sand, so we took photos of it from the pier. When we decided to go check out the boardwalk, we learned it was closed down so they could film a movie…the Spongebob Squarepants sequel. There wasn’t really much to see, a bunch of people rollerblading, jogging, walking or biking down the boardwalk over and over. It was actually kind of cold that day so I felt bad for the extras. I don’t know if any big names showed up, because we got bored and decided to go back to the beach.

Anyway, I posted this photo and a couple others of the sand art to my Flickr page, and last week the person who drew him in the sand found my photo and commented. He or she had been there that day with their kids and had drawn it in the sand because of the movie. The message I received was:

“My 7 year old son just said “We are FAMOUS!” after seeing our sand art online.”

It made my day to see that my photo was now shared with its rightful owners. The reason I don’t make money from my photography is because I want my images to be distributed, not copied and sold for profit but shared with the world. Maybe I can show an artist that his or her contribution to the world is appreciated, or give people a new view of something they’ve seen before, or hopefully take a photo that makes someone with low self esteem see the beauty in themselves that others see. I’d like to inspire anyone who feels trapped in a place he or she doesn’t want to be, whether because of money, age, or circumstance, a chance to see a better, more welcoming world, full of the unique experiences that lie ahead as long as they don’t give up looking for it.

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SMB #10 – Hilary Scott at Honkfest

I’m going to end this thread with one more Hilary Scott-related post. There was a third time I encountered his art in Somerville, and it was at the 2012 Honkfest. I think he may be the fellow in the background holding the Autonomous Submarine Machine.

I'm not sure who's holding the Aquatic Flightless Avian Supplementary Pinion, but I think the guy behind him is Hilary Scott

I’m not sure who’s holding the Aquatic Flightless Avian Supplementary Pinion, but I think the guy behind him is Hilary Scott

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