home: on land and at sea (abstract conformity)

_S081259“[He] travels the globe through the merchant marine, visiting lands and cultures abroad yet always finding the experiences even as close as home just as important.”

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Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetIt is difficult to recall when, or how, I first came across Abstract Conformity on Instagram. What I do remember about seeing John’s square photography for the first time is thinking, “do people really live like this?” I knew in that moment that I was going to become a fan of  his work. What I didn’t know was that the man behind the lens was a pretty stellar character as well.

When I had initially considered possible collaborators for this new series, one of my first visions was of a home on the sea. With the success of last years series, I knew that I had big shoes to fill. I wanted to bring in artistic people that not only lived a completely different life from my own, but ones that inspired me creatively. I approached John to take part in this new venture, fully expecting to be turned down. His answer was an immediate and resounding yes. He would do it. 

A dozen emails later, still amazed by his kindness, with an even bigger appreciation for his photography skills, and a better understanding of where he comes from, this post is and was finally ready to be published. I hope that each and everyone of you enjoy John’s Home as much as I do.

Emory

_DSF15641. Where is your home located?

My brick & mortar, is located on the outskirts of Houston, TX. For 6 months out of the year my body resides aboard a cargo ship somewhere on the planet’s waterways. Due to traveling, I’ve actually slept more in my bed aboard the ship than in my bed with a mailing address.

_DSF33412. What are your thoughts on the idea of ‘home’? 

Home is a location that evokes comfort and safety. It’s a place where others are welcomed in to share in those feelings, giving the place its title of a home rather than a location. A home need not be of brick and mortar or even stationary for me. I’ve had the opportunity to share with people in their homes across the globe from far-fetched mansions to a room lit by candles hardly larger than the bed frame. In those moments, they were all proud to welcome me in to their “home.” It was their comfort to be shared with others that made it a home too.

DSC_9573DSC_95653. What kinds of things influence your design style?

As a society, we change our clothes each season depending on the evolving weather, but we also alter our wardrobes with new trends. This is seen easily as we move amongst one another so why do homes remain stagnant for such long periods of time? Design aesthetics are a reflection of your mood, which for me change less frequently as the weather but they do change so I kept two tips at the forefront.

_DSF1492First, the space must have the ability for people to move about and interact with both their body and their eyes. If it’s overwhelming, you miss out on the purpose of the elements from distraction which then detracts from the comfort. Second, the items must serve the purpose of telling their own story. This can be a family heirloom to a vintage set of barware to a well crafted gun cabinet, which also happens to be a family heirloom. I’m intrigued by so many various “styles” that if I stick with the first two steps they seem to flow. 

DSC_9588DSC_95784. What do you consider to be one of your favourite items in your home? What could you never live without?

For me, all of it is replaceable. They evoke their own emotions and I’m not hoping to lose anything, but once they’ve been in my life the memory is contained within me forever, so the physical element could vanish but the memory of that experience never will.

DSC_9601DSC_9598It’s difficult to narrow to just one, so I will give three for various purposes. My Pendleton blanket, although two years old is a prized piece. It warms me on the couch, lays out on beaches for picnics and travels to globe with me on the ship. That blanket is comfort in more than just physical. My turntable connects generations with its ability to produce sound. I have records from my grandparents up to shows my wife and I saw two months ago. Music is the soundtrack to live and the tangible aspect of the turntable allows me to slow down and appreciate those tunes. Finally, a cast iron skillet that my great grandmother owned is vital. Just as its fed generations of my family, we’ve carried it on road trips to feed others. When I’m not on the ship, it resides on the stuff with extensive use beginning with my morning bacon and eggs just as my great-grandmother cooked for us when we visited. 

DSCF66255. Please share any ideas/stories/pictures that best highlight your home.

My current brick & mortar is going through changes as we bought it at 24 and now at 30 our values have clearly changed to more purpose beyond filling a void in the house.

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John

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DSCF6796If you would like to take part in this series, entitled Home, please email me at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com.

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help canada choose a national bird

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Do you live in Canada or the United States? If you do, then you can take part in this survey hosted by Canadian Geographic magazine. By doing so, you will help Canada pick its national bird!

Some options for Canada’s national bird include:

Whiskey Jack
Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Whooping Crane
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Tundra Swan
Snowy Owl

I chose my favourite bird, the Canada Goose. Which one would you pick?

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Emory

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waskesiu (part two)

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_10.jpg IMG_9.jpgThe last two days that my husband and I spent on our vacation in Waskesiu were filled with sun, sun, a little rain, and more sun. While we do prefer rain and grey days, have two of the former and mostly two of the latter felt like a nice dichotomy. It was really interesting taking some pictures in gloomy weather, and the next day taking photographs of the same sites in blue skies. It’s a great reminder of how weather can really set the mood when you are photographing outdoors. I noticed that certain shots and angles don’t always work when the sun is glaring off of certain objects, while seeing the reflection of it in others makes for a really beautiful shot. Anyway, enough of yet another photography lesson.

On the last morning of our trip we parked our vehicle in front of a hotel and took Truman for one last long walk. Neither of us wanted to go back, especially since later that afternoon we had planned to meet our contractor at our property and plan out where everything was going, and the next day was to be our appointment at the bank where we would be applying for our new mortgage. We did have a really great discussion on how we do need to take more trips. In the last four years we had gone on less than five, and all except one were within Canada. Instead of spending money on vacations we spent it on renovations. That worked really well for us as a couple, although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However, now that our house has sold and the renovations made us our money, I sort of feel like being selfish and spending our hard earned money on ourselves. If only for a little while. My mum always says that youth is wasted on the young. So why not be young and dumb again? Well, young and cautious and well-traveled. ;-)))

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Emory

waskesiu (part one)

IMG_3.jpg IMG_11.jpgIMG_13.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_15.jpgIMG_16.jpg IMG_6.jpgTwo weeks ago I had mentioned that Geoffrey and I were going away to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. We visited a national park in Canada that we went to around the same time last year. It’s quickly becoming our anniversary destination. We love going there in June before school lets out because it feels as if it’s a beautiful ghost town which happens to be in the midst of a forest and surrounded by lakes. It’s just so serene! We also like how it always seems to rain when we are there. Because we are not beach people, when we do go to a beachy destination, we tend to spend our time going for walks rather than just laying around. The rain is so good for keeping away mosquitoes and even people. We love having the roads and trails to ourselves as well. Hmm. I’m beginning to see a pattern of anti-social behaviour! 

Our first few days at Waskesiu were rainy as per. We walked, ate, watched movies, walked some more, took photos, went to coffee shops, walked again, and I even got some blogging and HS Store time in. It was heaven. Why, oh why, can’t we have vacations at least once a month? No, I suppose that it’s that much more special when you hardly do get away. I’ll take an annual or biannual vacation over a daily one anytime.

While we did stay in a motel, sleeping in a hammock looked pretty appealing. Here is a link for those first-time hammock users.

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Emory

miles from nowhere.

it is now officially summertime! finally!

to me, summer epitomizes long road trips to distant locations.

when i travel down that path, i then have memories of being unknown, contented, and free. bliss. :-)

miles from nowhere is the perfect song to remind anyone of their past travels and (hopefully) future travels to come.

if you are the brothers bloom fan, here is a clip of cat steven’s song when it was featured in the film. i love it very much. <3

happy monday, everybody!

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