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Spread #45-Somewhere out of Nowhere March 31, 2009

Posted by Orly in Spreads.


Christina Hsu is a friend and an amazing photographer. This spread is for her, inspired by her fantastical images. It’s always a challenge for me to ‘translate’ visual images into a spoken language…I am afraid I won’t do the image any justice. Here I have the additional concern that I won’t do the person behind the images justice. I’ll try anyway. So here I go; From looking at many of Christina’s raw unprocessed photographs, I find that whether they are taken in rural and natural landscapes or in urban and industrial sites, there is often the perception that you are nowhere and you are magically somewhere all at the same time. You find yourself in what seems to be an abandoned and lifeless scene only to discover that it is occupied with life and endless possibilities. At first glance mundane and familiarly dull, at following observations mysterious and suggestive…Still settings lurk with happenings. You are probably familiar with the expression ‘making something out of nothing’. I am in awe of Christina’s ability to make somewhere out of nowhere. I am positive that until her lens hits the subject it is completely unnoticeable to us regular folks 🙂 And when it does…allurement! Powerful suggestions aplenty. And when you see Christina, you will sure to draw similar conclusions, simplicity gently revealing beautiful complexity. That’s Christina for you…from my eyes.


1. Renee Khan - March 31, 2009

Orly the girl in the picture is beautiful.

Okay now this is where I am serious.

Your children are adorable. How cute are they.

What an amazing little girl you have. And your son is so eloquent it is hard to believe that he is only in Grade 7.

You have done a wonderful job and your children are lovely.

Love Renee xoxoxo

2. Renee Khan - April 1, 2009

Orly your children are amazing. I know you know that and appreciate it fully and that is only part of the reason they are so incredible.

Both so articulate.

I wish I could come too Orly.

You would have laughed if you saw how excited I was when I found out the visitors to my blog were the kids. I love kids. Absolutely love them.

By the way did you see your son’s question on peace. I keep thinking, this kid is going to win a Noble Peace Prize.

Have a wonderful day.

Love Renee

3. donna - April 1, 2009

I was very intrigued by this spread because I find Christina’s work extremely captivating. The several times that I have had the opportunity to view her different photographs were for brief periods of time, and I was left with the feeling that I just really wanted to have more time to delve in and explore each one to let the messages unfold more clearly. It is all so other worldly, completely enchanting while sometimes mysteriously ominous – this one slightly eerie yet beautiful – makes me think that they are the last people on earth – the more you look the further she takes you – and the girls – just as stunning as in real life – they are an integral part to the stories Christina tells through her lens – I look forward to seeing more of Christina’s work online in the future, and of course up close and personal is even better. I liked how you utilized her images to tell you own version of the story as well, Orly – your words seemed to really capture some of the feelings I was getting from seeing her photos. Art in all of its many forms is just so amazing in the way that there are so many interpretations the viewer can come up with – as many as there are people – by viewing we can allow ourselves to be moved in so many different ways – and each piece is such great fodder to get one’s own creative juices flowing – such a fascinating symbiosis between creator and viewer- whenever I see fine art like this I think “no more budget cuts of the arts in our schools” – we sooo need them as humans – it is just so important to our health and well being to be surrounded by beauty or even provacativeness, and to also have that ability to be able to create however we are inspired to do so.

Orly: Wow Donna, that is one impressive view and it is so eloquently expressed..Bring it on…more and more layers of ‘seeing’. I just love collaborations like this one..Thank you.

4. christina hsu - April 2, 2009

Orly, I am truly touched and honored that you would include me on your blog and in your own art creation. I am lucky to have you as my friend… one whose work and vision never ceases to inspire and amaze me. I love what you have done… you’ve added your magic and inspired me in the process.

5. Ilan - April 2, 2009

This is definitely one of your more feminine spreads. I think the pictures are sweet, and i love the 12 takes. It’s so creative how you see different pictures as takes, as though life is a movie. Brilliant!

6. umphulump55 - April 3, 2009

Hello, i’m new to your weblog. Your spreads remind me of pieces I see in the nearby art museum. I love the effect, like Ilan said, of how this sort of transitions like a movie. Great spread, Orly.

7. Gil - April 5, 2009

large juxtaposed with small. can’t go wrong

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