Wednesday, February 07, 2007

adventures with eero



i think
i first learned
to love
photography
through
my friend
eero.

today is
her birthday
so i thought
i'd tell you
a little about
why i think
she is so amazing.

i met her
when
i moved to seattle
with
two of
my brothers,
joe and johnny.
they enrolled
in art school
at cornish
and
i was working
as a lifeguard
and saving to
leave to europe.

by default
i hung around
many art students
at cornish...

i first heard
about eero
through
my brothers stories...
and immediately
thought eero
was cool
and wanted
her to be my friend.


[by eero]

she
drove around
a landcruiser,
collected animal
skeletons,
always carried
a camera
and...
well
she wasn't
a girly girl...
she would
dumpster dive,
seek out
abandoned
buildings
to explore,
and
ride motorcycles...


[by eero]


there was
always
an adventure
to be had
with eero.


[by eero]

i loved
her photos
of abandoned
buildings
and it was
her photos
that inspired me
to find
beauty
in the
dilapidated.

over the years
we became
closer friends.
2 summers ago
i visited her
in alaska...

we
bond
because
we love
the same things...

value village
. . . . .
abandoned
places
. . . . .
letterboxing

. . . . .
weird
alaskan attractions

. . . . .
driving to hilltops
in rainstorms
to see this

. . . . .
maybe someday
i'll move
to alaska

so
we can have
more adventures.


but for now
i am stuck
in the
purse factory...


happy birthday
eero,
see you
in a few days.

16 comments:

jen said...

very lovely post! i love the way you have displayed your purses-pure beauty.

lisa s said...

oh you two are lucky to have one another!!

i love love the purses in a row all waiting for their cool buttons.... so perfect!!
xxoo

Shari said...

such a delightful way to celebrate eero. i loved seeing your photos side by side. and those purses...wow! love them all. xoxo shari

erin scissorhands said...

great post, gwen!

that purse factory looks so neat and organized...you should come up to wisconsin and show me how to make things look nice like that ;)

oh, and your friend eero seems awesome! happy birthday!

erin scissorhands said...

*oh woops- that was supposed to say happy birthday eero*

ashb said...

awwwww! what a sweet post, gwen!
So is she going to be at your brothers show? I would love to meet her!

hugs + hugs + smiles,
ash

stephanie said...

sounds like an inspiring friendship! lovely post.

julie said...

beautiful post and words for a special friend! such an inspiring friendship :)

And your factory...wow!!!

Eero said...

Aww....that is the best Birthday gift this year...(except for Frommage's orchid, that is...)

Thanks, Bug...

I am looking forward to some serious Value Village time this weekend with you----You are, by FAR, my favorite and best thrift store shopping partner!

I am sooooo looking forward to seeing you and the Shlichti again!

Counting the hours!
E.

cruststation said...

Oh, such a lovely birthday tribute to your friend eero, she sounds wonderful just like you! Love all the B&W pictures, there seems to be so much life in abandon/decay through your camera lenses. Thanks for sharing X

ms. pea said...

how delightful! happy birthday to the very talented eero! thanks for the goggle at the purses - they are making me drool!

amisha said...

what a beautiful post about an inspiring friend... i loved seeing her photographs.
and the purses look gorgeous!

Dacia said...

that's a lovely homage. it's so nice to have good friends to share things with. the purse factory is incredible! well done!!

NIchola said...

I love the purses all lined up like that!

shash said...

first off. oh my god all those purses! wow. and cool to read about eero and see her work! have a wonderful time in seattle!

amandajean said...

beautiful purses...and what a sweet post in tribute to your dear friends birthday! hope your seattle trip is great.