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Christi Saxon Koelker
Currently writing and researching projects about the Deep South in the Deep South
Writer, photographer, media artist, and teacher.
Interests: Old houses, mysteries, synchronistic situations, snapshots, old films (either commercial or from mine or anybody else's family), old books, vintage clothing, southern writers, unraveling historical clues.
Recent Activity
Our bodies read their lives too. We didn’t always have the information to know how they function best...but now we do. I've known it for more than half my life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Where have I been? Oh, right where I always am for about 6 to 8 hours a day. My fingers are lightly hovering over and then sporadically pecking out letters to form words - then sentences-then paragraphs. My eyes continually scan the screen. They are little roving editors. They're ready... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Here are two filmmakers who inspire me every single time I take the time to revisit their art films. First Dziga Vertov. His name translates to something akin to "spinning top" in Russian. It was a name he chose for himself. As if he was a character in his own... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
In a drawer???? How sad! You should scan some of your old photos from the sheep farm days. When you look at them closely, you won't believe the little things that show up and were captured all those years ago. Give your scanner one more try and if that doesn't work, get a Canon Canolide. They're about $100 and are the best. Thank's for commenting sweets!
I’m also a little superstitious about saying that I love my scanner for fear it will stop working. And sure I could buy another scanner, but it's not MY scanner! Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
I find it takes something akin to discipline to force myself to see and experience my world in a child-like way. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Nicki- that's exactly where real seeing begins! Noticing something just to the point of being motivated enough to pick up the camera (or cell phone) and click. Without composing or trying to make it be anything other than something to document a moment you felt a twinge (or pull or resonance). Even in the less than perfect snapshots - you'll find a shape, a reflection, a shadow, a band of light. You'll see an expression from someone in the shot that tells you more than they could ever speak. And, just as you say, when you shoot intuitively your photos get better. It's like the Minor White quote I have on my website says: "No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen." And it will "choose" you more and more as you shoot more intuitively. I'm going to be in Seabrook on July 21 through August 3. I hope we'll get a chance to meet each other and talk more. :}
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2011 on Play. Style. Look. See. at READ YOUR LIFE.
I’m inspired to tell a picture story myself. I want to share the way I see things. I want to share the things I see. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Christi Saxon Koelker is now following Shannon
Jul 2, 2011
That's the way to follow it. Most of it is in the process of just doing. And the more you go there, to the other side of the "door" or where ever you find those glimpses, the more of it will become visible. I can tell from your writing and photos you're so perceptive to your own unique viewpoint. CK
“Reading Your Life" is a method that focuses on recognizing the specific ways we each decipher information that’s meaningful for us individually. Everyone who has ever lived on earth has had at least one way she (or he) communicated with others. They've also each had his (or her) very singular,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Oh finally I got your comment up. I've just been looking at the Tartlette blog. She lives in South Carolina too and her farmer's market photos are just a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! Oooohhhh your kids are precious! I just looked at your latest post. I must not be signed up to get on email....I'll fix that now. Thanks for your sweet support!
Summer in the South is going to be sweltering for all eternity. It just is. I don't even intentionally look at the temperature in the paper or on the bank sign near the woods where I walk most mornings. I just take it for gospel that I'm gonna sweat. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Who knew this reply would be so hidden? I just wanted to let you know I figured it out and you've been THE ONE who has allowed me to understand that there's an audience out there...Thx Nicki!
Christi Saxon Koelker is now following Nickiwooguru
Jun 16, 2011
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Cheers to the second part of 2011 ~ the BEST part! Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
It was a Read Your Life smorgasbord! The images I chose and the words I used consistently astounded me. That's the point of what I'm doing: to uncover the parts of myself and others that we just skip over because we don't "read" our lives through our simplest choices. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Christi Saxon Koelker is now following Fabrication Aiken
Mar 31, 2011
It's important to "Read Your Life" as it is occurring. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Is a digital image as powerful as one printed on paper? Printing on paper brings with it a force that digital information on a computer screen just can't match. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
In this post, I'm going to talk about a snapshot that stands out for me amongst so many thousands of images I've recorded. This is a strange grouping of items I saw on the front lawn of a house outside of Houston, Texas in 2009. It's an attempt at a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
Start to look at your snapshots with the eye of a documentary photographer. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at READ YOUR LIFE.
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Jan 25, 2011
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Jan 25, 2011