Meagan Christou

A mishmash and hodgepodge of original work, work by friends and inspirational, eureka moment, collections.
I would swim every day if I could. (at Pigeon Lake)

I would swim every day if I could. (at Pigeon Lake)

Art is a reconstruction of the world, and violence and horror are absolutely as much part of the world as butterflies and happy faces. There are so many more people trying to sell us the bullshit that the world has to be happy and the world has to be sunny, and you have to have good breath and shiny hair. With this, we lose touch with imperfection and that makes for a really harsh, cold measure to live by. I think horror makes us human, because it reminds us of our imperfection.

Guillermo del Toro as quoted in the book Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck by Eric G. Wilson

at Spur of the Moment Farm

at Spur of the Moment Farm

This….kid…. He never fails to impress

This….kid…. He never fails to impress

(Source: photosw)

timelightbox:

Photo: Scott Alario
Fatherhood and Folklore: Behind Scott Alario’s Photographic Fables
Photographer Scott Alario set out to create a fantasy land for his daughter in his lush, black and white photos. Now nearly six-years-old, she’s calling the shots, and pushing his work in the direction of a dreamy documentary of family and fatherhood.

timelightbox:

Photo: Scott Alario

Fatherhood and Folklore: Behind Scott Alario’s Photographic Fables

Photographer Scott Alario set out to create a fantasy land for his daughter in his lush, black and white photos. Now nearly six-years-old, she’s calling the shots, and pushing his work in the direction of a dreamy documentary of family and fatherhood.

mwhphoto:

I spent a week living in a house in the mountains in Vermont. I took a lot of photographs. Expect more this week! 

I want to share this emptiness with you, 

not to fill a silence with false notes or put tracks through the void.

I want to share this wilderness of failure. 

The others have built you a highway - 

fast names in both directions. 

I offer a journey without direction, certainty and sweet conclusion.

When the light faded, I went to search for myself. 

There are many paths, and many destinations.

- Derek Jarman, Garden

The Bearable is a photo documentation of Chen Zhe’s self-harm history from 2007 to 2010.

This is still on exhibit at the University of Toronto Art Centre until June 28th, apart of Through the Body, Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists. 

The Death of the Xinkai River, 2008
Li Xinmo 

This is still on exhibit at the University of Toronto Art Centre until June 28th, apart of Through the Body, Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists. 

paigephoto:

Never photograph children or pets. I can’t speak to the latter but I now consider myself an expert in attempting to do the former. I truly enjoyed creating this series but I must add that each and every photograph was a battle of wills (except for Elliott, he’s an absolute sweetheart). They don’t respond well to being told what to do with their hands, they are easily distracted, and they aren’t as fond of dressing up as you might think, especially when it’s not on their terms. Through this project I have now developed special techniques for photographing wee ones and can brandish with pride my well-honed bribery, bargaining, and manipulation skills. 

My objective for this series was to pay homage to art works from the past using the children I babysit as models and muses. I wanted the connection to the original painting to be marked but not overbearing. I began to think of the subjects of the paintings I had selected and imagined what they would be like if they were children. What would they be wearing? How would their activities differ from those of their adult counterparts? Then, with help from my little friends, we created representations that harken to simpler times. Van Gogh is finger painting and the famed Girl with a Pear Earring is playing dress up. Of course, nothing went exactly as planned. Children are forces of nature and, at an increasingly younger age, are well aware of what it means to be photographed. For this reason Bacchus refused to don his toga and only assented to participate in exchange for iPhone time. Jan van Eyck looks stoic and wise (well beyond his years) but I know that his mouth is full of candy. This being said I’ve never been overly covetous of control and it is these details that I will remember fondly for years to come.

A big thanks to the parents for the help and support!

Calf, Bonsville, Mass., 1980
Cathy Griffin 

Calf, Bonsville, Mass., 1980

Cathy Griffin 

Lynne, 1980 
Mary Tortorici

Lynne, 1980 

Mary Tortorici

Maybe one day, if I’m really lucky, I’ll have as many notes on my own work as I have on the quote I posted from Sally Mann’s Immediate family. 

Erika Larsen - People of the Horse

Finally on my travels east. I met a women from the Lakota nation named Sung Agli Win-She Brings Back the Horses. She told me I was looking for Sunka Wakan. Her father had told her when the spirits brought them the gift of the Sunka Wakan they found that it was four legged and with a coat like wolves and dogs, but with special powers. It was hard to translate but maybe it was like “large four legged being with spiritual powers.” She said that I would find Sunka Wakan living harmoniously in spirit like all of nature and that our connection with him was a gift from Creator for which we are grateful. She said we are tied together, us and Sunka Wakan. Like the buffalo they reflect us and link us back into the sacred rhythm and balance of nature. Any given child or person spending time with sunka wakan may find the effect hard to describe because they are being touched at a deeper level.”