The Orris: A Cultural Journal

Moments in Nature: Christopher Ives

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘I have been anxious to improve the nick of time… to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.’ In a very objective way, releasing the shutter for me is just that, to capture the present moment, and ‘toe its line’.

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September 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

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July 13, 2012

From Black Thumb to Secret Garden

I am not a gardener. Before living in urban Massachusetts I grew up in New York City. The red clay that passed as soil in our yard was not only impossible to dig through; it was all but impermeable. Flowers and plants grew, but only with a lot of hard work and persistence.

June 8, 2012

Memories Within the Stone: Texas’s Enchanted Rock

I think what’s most striking about reaching the top of Enchanted Rock in the winter is the sense of loneliness. On the gray day that I climbed the rock for the first time, I sat down on the cold pink stone and stared into the wind at the surrounding Texas Hill Country.

March 23, 2012

Coney Island

On the boardwalk, English isn’t the first language you expect to hear; instead there’s a mix of a hundred different voices and tongues from all over the world. As I hear them speak words I don’t understand, I am reminded that they, too, are transplanted, and perhaps they come here too to find a bit of home.

October 9, 2011

Lara Alegre: Photography and the Negotiation of the Female Form

Pictures of women have always held a special place in the world of gender politics.  A photographer’s portrayal of a young model is always wrought with analysis regarding the possession, … Continue reading

August 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

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