This is my father in Salzburg where his latest exhibition took place. He creates sculptures out of wood with a chainsaw.
This exhibition was different in that he created this one long line/caravan made of many sculptures (horses, people ...) winding through the whole three story house (Berchtoldvillla).
Along this line or procession other sculptures stand and witness the caravan. There are cafe scenes, a woman hanging out the washing on the top of her house, birds hanging from the ceiling, people watching ....
The caravan travels up the stairs, through the rooms and once they even have to cross water until ...
... everything come to a halt at the border point.
This is a very simple story of a bee and the poppy flower in my garden and my fantastic new 50mm 1.4 lens. We will have to leave this garden behind very soon because we are moving and so I indulged in it while the sun is out.
The other night Harper could not sleep and so I couldn't either. Some time around 4:30 I was done chasing the elusive. i got up and took Harper for a walk so she would finally fall asleep in her buggy. The sun was coming up and there was this mist in the air, the birds were singing like mad in our garden and it was just beautiful.
And then with Harper sound asleep we walked to Brockwell Park...
...and then she woke up and we went home for breakfast.
Looking back on the past month I am amazed. We have had the biggest change in our lives - the birth of Harper and she has totally taken over but somehow we still manage to travel around and do quite a bit of work and that makes me very happy. Harper is a brilliant traveler.
Two weeks ago we left for Switzerland to record the German voices and mix the sound for our film. While Leigh worked in Bern together with Fabian Gutscher (Sounddesign) on the sound I took photos for my father for a coming book.
This sculpture is called Karawane is currently in Sils im Engadin.
We have been parents for 7 weeks now and it feels like months, no years. Time flies like never before, actually it feels more like time has taken on another meaning entirely. It has become even more precious - of course I am talking about the time we spend with her while she is awake, but also the little time that is left in the day to hastily do the very top two things on a ever growing list. As always when one goes through a big change in life, people give you advice, warnings and share their experience with you. Here I have to say, everything anybody has told me is true - for at least a fraction of a second, precisely because becoming a parent is as complex and fluid as life itself.
Getting to know and looking after Harper has overridden everything. But what amazes me most is that even though the days are filled with essentially the same tasks - feeding, sleeping, changing nappies, bathing, going out - each day feels quite different and very eventful. It is amazing how much she has already learned and wonderful to see how she discovers the world.
Going out with her is like attending a summer garden party. People constantly come up to us to chat and smile at her. There is an entirely new world I've seen but not paid much attention to and obviously was not part of it until now - the parents. Now I see them everywhere and I have noticed that I have become invisible to other sections of our society like teenagers and young professionals. My world right now could not be further apart from theirs.
As adventures go, this one feels pretty big and challenging; but also enormously rewarding.