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The Familiar

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
Anais Nin

Time and moments pass. Days turn to Months and Months to Years. Time is slow, time is fast, time is relative. Often, through the passing of time, just like that old wallpaper up in your laundry room, the things that we see in the everyday start to fade and lose its brightness. Now it’s not an allusion to the greying of everyday experiences! Not that at all! It’s actually this, the fact that you can’t remember the colour of the house that you pass as you walk to work, it’s the fact that we forget that there are images on a bank note or the fact that we simply didn’t look up to see that building that looms behind your classroom until one day you ask “was that always there?” The mind as an eraser, a veil, a shroud.
However, sometimes there are moments where you’re really looking for nothing, doing nothing, not needing to be anyone for anything and you see something that is so familiar, but for the moment you see it as something else. Something rather beautiful.
We shot these photos near our home just down the street. I’m wearing a dress remenscant of a period where groovy was an acceptable word to use and gogo boots adorned a population’s feet. It’s made from fabric my mum bought, which she then cut, sewed and made another matching top with the left over material. I’m standing on a patch of grass where a bathroom may have been built, or the lounge, or the kitchen. And I’m looking at the house right opposite.
We always walk pass this little lot with no house built upon it. It’s right on the corner of a street and it’s a strange plot of land. it used to have big pines on the grass but now they are gone. It’s quiet, but open, and Val takes the photos with ease.
Often in forgetten things we can find beauty. When we challenge our perceptions of the
familiar perhaps we can find something there to appreciate, enjoy, induldge. So shake yourself out of the familiar and see things differently! Change your room around and experience greater space, walk home and cout the windows, stop and marvel at how everyone who is passing you right now at this moment looks different and thinks differently to how you do. Or even talk to that girl that you never was in your class until last week, and when you guys get married, send me an invite.
Thanks dear readers, many of you are our dearest and closet friends and we are so thankful to have your support in this endavour. Especially the reaction to our recent post has blown us away! I never wrote much on our blog primarily because I thought everyone just wanted to look at pretty pictures And also because I’m really shy about writing. Before sharing Helen’s and Tiah’s story, the only writing i’ve shared with people is on a double sided A4 page that I keep in my diary.
But if writing means that I’m sharing something that I love to do with you wonderful lot, then I will do it. Even if I’m scared to see my opinion, my mind and my thoughts all up in black and white. I love stringing words together like poetry and hearing the words rythmatically move in my head.
So thank you and you’ll hear more from us soon.

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One of my friends asked me to watch “The Greastest Speech Ever Made” which is an excerpt from the film and contains this amazing quote;

” You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.”

– Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator)


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  • Naomi 14/04/2013 at 12:43 pm

    Beautiful words from a beautiful girl:)

    • Val & Vess 16/04/2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you Naomi! Love you to bits! Can’t wait for another catch up soon!

  • Anita 15/04/2013 at 2:15 pm

    I went to check our your blog after bumping into you guys at Knox but found out so much has changed! The new blog looks amazing 😀 i really love this outfit and the one taken at Werribee, but comments have been closed for that post. Anyway Val I’d be really happy to make the purse for you since you raved so much about it haha. All I got to do is find some time! Hopefully soon 😀

    • Val & Vess 16/04/2013 at 10:39 pm

      Hello Anita!
      Thank so much! We had a friend who offered us a site domain with wordpress so we jumped at the chance. It’s been heaps more effective than blogger so we’re really pleased. I’ve just re opened the comments for older posts (still learning the inner workings of wordpress!) thanks for letting us know!

      So exciting! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to get a purse made by you! And I can’t wait to feature it on our blog! 🙂

      See you soon!