And She Was….

“The world was moving

she was right there with it

and she was…”

– Talking Heads


I have many photographs that capture a distinctive moment in time…the day, the feelings, what was going on around me.  But this is that only photo I have that has a specific theme song.  From the moment I saw this picture, all I could think of was a Talking Heads song.

I was eight months pregnant and Amelia & I were doing a Mother-Daughter/Maternity photo shoot at a park in Hiram, GA.  Near the end of the shoot Pam (who left CNN to create Paris Mountain Photography) suggested that Amelia hop on the Merry-go-Round.  Amelia held on and I (with my giant belly) pushed the merry-go-round around as fast as I could run while Pam sat in the center snapping pictures.  We all laughed at the silliness of the scene (and laughed even harder at the looks we were getting from onlookers).  At the same time, I was was thinking “Wow, this is going to be a great picture.”

I love that she’s there, practically glowing, as the world spins behind her.  If I wanted to get really deep, I’d get into how this is a commentary on the modern world- how society rushes around and it’s only children who are innocent enough to slow down and enjoy life.  Or maybe I’d talk about how it’s a representation of my daughter’s life at that time-  the world was spinning around her, chaos was about to come with the arrival of her baby brother, yet she continued to just hold on and smile. 

But in the end, it’s just a great picture that reminds me of a great song.


*While writing this I learned that David Byrne wrote this song about a girl he knew in high school who would take LSD and lie in a field beside a Yoo Hoo factory.  Maybe not the most appropriate song to represent  a 3 year old….but catchy nonetheless.


Nothing But Flowers….

A colleague of mine posted this link via Twitter….

Basically, because the economy has dipped and people are buying less, many stores are expected to close in 2009. Even chains with solid performance are expected to cut/downsize/adjust. Big box stores are closing (and, after this slow holiday season, will continue to close) and without the large anchor stores, strip malls are getting less traffic. In turn, smaller store in these centers are being forced to close.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the economy to go to hell. I don’t want people to lose their jobs. However, I must admit, the idea of a few strip malls closing down completely isn’t completely bad.

I live in the middle of chair-store, strip-mall hell. It’s disgusting. In certain places you can’t distinguish Douglasville from any other suburb of Atlanta, or any other suburb in the rest of the country. There’s a part of me that would show up cheering if they decided to bulldoze a couple strips down. Of course, they’d be more likely to let the structures stand abandoned and rot while there was another shopping center constructed down the street. (A girl can dream though, right?)

The whole thing makes me think of the Talking Heads song ‘(Nothing but) Flowers’.


While the rest of the world laments the downturn of the economy, I’ll be dreaming of wildflowers…….

“This was a Pizza Hut, now it’s all covered with daisies……”