I am locked in the searles tower of south london, in the castle without elephants this weekend….I think my body is actually conforming to the shape of the brown leather chair and my eyes are turning into lifeless glowing cubes from staring at my computer for way more hours than the recommended daily dosage….I have chosen the livingless room of my apartment to be my prison. The blue room is filled with random neglected belongings from the ghosts of christmas past: games (with titles: mid-life crisis, pass-out and dingbats), an easter basket peculiarly hung on the wall, broken bed-frames and books (with titles: viagra, grub on a grant, posh nosh and manhunting.)
The reason for my self-inflicted incarceration is that I have two months worth of interviews that I recorded this summer, that I have to transcribe and try and assemble into some coherent order by wednesday, the day I told my designer that I would be finished with the copy for my book (my book?) I have decided to see what it is like to work with a designer, because this is the time to experiment….I have always done my own graphics in the past, but I realize that there are people who make professions out of designing, so I wanted to see what someone else could do with my pile of creative mess.
And in my designer search, I found Yumi Kohsaka. She graduated from LCC last year and has done some good work for previous LCC’ers, so I decided to give her a call. I liked her immediately, and the layouts she has come up with so far, and the fact that she comes to our meetings with a calender and tells me we are running out of time so I need to get my rear in gear…..which brings me back to the searles tower of London…….but in my wallowing tonight, I heard a delightful noise….laughing and crunching and more laughing and more crunching…..
….as 6 toddlers discovered fall in the gigantic pile of leaves in front of my house. Unfortunately, I felt a bit like a stalker so I didn’t get a better photo than this….but the photo is good enough to make me smile and anything is helpful this weekend……as the editing continues.
About the author paige green
Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.
Give me Louisiana
My Brain On War… (And FREE Photo Shoot for those who match my donation to relief efforts in Ukraine)
When the World Feels Upside Down… Together We Can (plus: bonus photo of me in middle school)
awe p. I cannot wait to see what you come up with. Cannot wait. Your photos and stories all coming together. The isolation will have been worth it.