Welcome to the Tethered Archive

Tethered was a wonderful place to be while it lasted. I posted my final entry in 2014 and what remains now serves as an archive. Many thanks to those who were loyal readers through the years, and if this is your first time to the site welcome, I hope you'll find something here that provides inspiration for your own work, be it artmaking or parenting.




Bumper car anguish

A recently rediscovered image from Wildwood on the Jersey shore, shot a long while back. Lest you think I'm a horrible parent, be assured that this was the only frame I got of Edie in such a sorry state. I remember she turned around crying because she couldn't get her bumper car to bump to her liking and began screaming that she wanted to get off; I was already shooting and took one quick final photo as my mother, who you can see in the background on the right (next to my father who is also taking pictures--like dad, like daughter) was just about to move in to help. I then I promptly joined them and went to their aid. No need to contact social services, but I appreciate your concern.


These aren't necessarily a diptych, but I couldn't decide which I thought was stronger, so am posting both. They're another instance of spontaneous picture-taking that potentially looks staged. It was the week before last and I went into the bathroom to get Edie's toothbrush; when I walked back into my bedroom she was hiding under the dresser and only her hair was visible. It was very eerie and I really was startled for a moment. I told her to stay put of course, ran downstairs to get my camera, and the result is above.


Hiatus/New Path

Obvious hiatus going on. Seems to be a trend among a sizable enough group of photographers I know. A fair number of us were hanging on by a thread and have gone silent as of late (if one can call not blogging for nine-plus months "as of late." I could have gestated an entire baby in that time...). There are always myriad excuses, reasons, and justifications for not writing, but I suppose what it partly boils down to is a lack of "fire in the belly." Maybe the photoblog zeitgeist has blown on through, maybe it's just that I couldn't seem to gravitate over to Tumblr like so many others. Maybe it's because I was focused on "Buried on her 90th Birthday" which is now  fully up and running on my website, or possibly it's because as I inch closer to 40 there's the inevitable reevaluation, a looking into the future and seeing other options opening up. All that said, for the time being I've made a somewhat large shift and am actually in a post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University taking classes in sociology, with an eye on going back for a master's degree or even PhD sometime next year. Much to say on that topic, but I now need to go read about race, class, and family dynamics; my next post may very well be an announcement that Tethered is a social science blog. Lord knows my own children and life have given me a good little petri dish of power struggles/shifting motherhood roles/personality types/family structure to study in preparation for viewing the world sociologically. Onward.


Someone I Know Favorites: Bradley Peters and Maury Gortemiller

Throwing a quick post up about Someone I Know, I thought these two by Bradley Peters and Maury Gortemiller went together nicely. Both are quirky and unique and engaging. 

That will be the last for now of posting about my favorites, and you won't hear much else from me either until sometime after April 28th. I'm heading to Astoria, Oregon on Tuesday to join four other photographers for an intensive photo retreat run by Jennifer Schwartz and David Bram and won't be arriving back in New Jersey until one in the morning the following Monday. Many, many thanks to James who will be holding down the fort, not to mention all of the help he's given me with printing and preparing my portfolio in preparation for the trip. I probably shouldn't be writing here currently, as I've still got more to do than I care to think about. 

Hmm, maybe this post is what they call "productive procrastination..." Long story short I'm definitely nervous, but also very excited to head out west. Ciao.

 Untitled (girl in snow with lamp) © Bradley Peters
Mom in the Backyard © Maury Gortemiller


Someone I Know Favorites: Susan Worsham

I had the pleasure of getting to spend some time with Susan Worsham at Review Santa Fe in 2009; she's one of those people who embodies her pictures, or maybe it's that her pictures embody her? Some of both is probably it. Bottom line, her passion in talking about her work was wonderful to witness. And I really don't think I've seen the range of hues she has in her photographs in anyone else's images, they're like a perfect cake frosting that's been transformed into something more melancholy and contemplative and wholly original, as can be seen in the image below. 
Georgia, The Day After The Family Dog Died  © Susan Worsham


Thinking of Boston

A very sad day in Boston, the world is so scary and inexplicable at times. The vulnerability random acts like this one, Newtown, and others bring up is difficult to deal with, but this time around I am able to find some comfort in a post by comedian Patton Oswalt. So today, instead of focusing on the fear, I'm trying to focus on the good by finding a little bit of beauty, as seen in this sensitive and lovely photograph by Brian Widdis, one of my favorites from Someone I Know. Be safe.
"He Said 'I Hate The Sun'" © Brian Widdis


Someone I Know Favorites: Colleen Plumb

I've dropped the ball again on consistency in posting, the girls have been on spring break so not much is getting done around here. Excuses out of the way, how could I not pick this image as a favorite? Even before I had the pleasure of meeting Colleen Plumb in person a couple of years ago I was a fan of her body of work "Animals are Outside Today" which you can see here. Colleen also has two daughters around the same ages as Edie and June and a newer in-progress series focuses on more domestic surroundings, akin to the picture "Elsa in the Living Room" below. It's not just because this shot shows a favorite and familiar subject matter, but because it's a beautiful image in composition, light quality and expression. Now off to the zoo with the kids where I'll see the sites through different eyes thanks to Colleen.
Elsa in the Living Room © Colleen Plumb