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My name is Ersi Marina and I live in Spain though I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. I kept it all very Mediterranean.
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

undocumented but true

I got a surge of emotion this morning when I opened my inbox and saw a message from Nuria, the friend who photographed the opening of the 'paper homes' exhibition.


'hogares de papel' is paper homes in Spanish and below is the name of the Greek-Spanish association that promoted the exhibition. This vinyl sign is the first thing visitors see when they come out of the elevator (the Hall is on the third floor of the building).


And this is me talking about my work and thanking the organization. It was about a quarter past seven in the evening, still lots of light outside, as you can see.

And? Where are the other photographs? What happened to them? Nuria doesn't know what went wrong but they just weren't there. There must be an evil genie involved in this, because it's not the first time it happens. Serves me right for spending the evening talking to people and enjoying the event instead of taking the darn photos myself!

I promise there is in fact an exhibition and I promise next time I'll take the pictures myself. (An emoticon for frustration would be nice here.)

To spice things up a bit, I am posting some photographs from the area where I live. Some of them were meant for the Roy G Biv - Green contest and I had them ready for last Saturday but my Internet connection refused to work all day long, so more frustration here. I must definitely locate that obnoxious evil genie and shut him in a lamp!

poppies under the snow - 28 April 2013

We had a rather mild winter this year, with the exception of some harsh winds and heavy rain. We never got to -16ºC as in previous years and didn't get much frost either. And then, just as we thought spring was coming, we got our first snow on 1 March. It was thick and heavy, it broke branches almost off all trees in the area and it lasted for about 5 days. But that was not so surprising as the snow we got on 28 April! The fields were covered with poppies and wildflowers, and tender almonds were growning on the almond trees. Poor flowers. A great occasion for unusual photographs though.

poppies under the snow - 28 April 2013

Aren't they beautiful? When the snow melted they stood tall and bright again, resilient little things.

lilacs under the snow - 28 April 2013

And a lovely branch of lilacs leaning to the ground under the weight of the snow. They didn't die either, as delicate as they are, they survived the cold.

a rainy day - May 2013

The snow was followed by rain... and more rain... and more rain. It has been raining practically every day since the beginning of May and the temperatures are really low for this time of the year. At night they go down to 6 or 7 ºC and I still need to use the central heating. I was able to capture the rain falling down on the leaves here, you'll see it better if you click on the image.

a rare sunny day - May 2013

Some days are sunny though and I grab the occasion whenever I can. This is just an oak tree in the middle of nowhere but I loved the composition, it reminds me of a classical painting.

a rare sunny day - May 2013

I fell in love with this cypress, it looked like something out of a fairy tale. I wouldn't be surprised if tiny elves peeked at me through the exuberant branches.

I'm in an introspective mood lately, haven't made much sense out of it yet. Could it lead to a new creative period? I hope so. I'm toying with the idea of a fun artist's book/journal, I only need to figure out the binding.

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  1. I have a wonderful idea to help with your decision making regarding the making of a journal - come to Australia and many of us here will assist you, or complicate matters more but teaching you a number of new bindings!!! A bit of aussie R & R would not go astray after your busy time!
    We froze everywhere in Europe in March, am totally amazed to see that you still received snow in April. What a bizarre winter.
    Introspection can be productive Ersi - in fact without going inside ourselves, sometimes a little too deeply, I can't imagine that we can produce art. Enjoy this quiet inward looking time. x

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    1. Hello dear Susan! What a tempting idea, going to Australia. I would absolutely love to go and learn from you. Given the situation in Spain, I should probably think of moving there permanently!

      I am all too familiar with the virtues (and vices) of introspection. I am just letting it run its course. My journal project is for fun, it doesn't have a name yet so I call it 'my frizzy journal'. I'll post some pictures that I will take myself.

      I hope you are well and enjoying your autumn. XX

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  2. How frustrating to find the photos weren't 'there'. (Though I wouldn't give up hope - they may still be on the memory card, but just 'invisible' - it's amazing what can be recovered from a seeming malfunction of electronic equipment these days.)
    But thank you for the treat of the photos documenting your schizophrenic spring...we are experiencing some of that in Florence, too, but nothing like the snow you had - goodness! (What a testament to resilience that the poppies & lilacs survived.) I, too, love that cypress you photographed - what stories is looks to be holding...
    How wonderful that you are contemplating a book - it could be a perfect way to open yourself up to new ideas & inspiration once you've had time to breathe after such an intense few months.

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    1. The friend who took the photos is now away for 10 days, so I'll have to wait till she gets back to see if the shots are retreivable. Anyway, I'm over the frustration now. This exhibition belongs to the past, it ended on Saturday 25 May, and I am slowly focusing on new projects. Our schizophrenic spring (a very appropriate adjective) is still with us. No snow, fortunately, but low temperatures and lots of rain. I confess I like it, I am not looking forward to scorching summer temperatures. Thanks for dropping in, Lisa!

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  3. After having my traveling computer fizzle on me this past week, I can certainly understand your frustration with technology. I agree with Lisa though...they may still be there. I'm sure that you have great memories of the event, even if there are no photos. Perhaps you can take some before the show comes down?
    Thanks for posting your "green" and hope you will be with us next month for "blue".

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    1. Hello Julie! The show ended last Saturday but, as I was just telling Lisa, the frustration is gone. I have lovely memories of the opening evening and have received many beautiful mails from visitors. Now on to other adventures.

      I also hope I won't miss the Roy G Biv challenge in June, it's always so much fun!

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  4. Hi Ersi - thanks for sharing the poppies under the snow after the disappointment of the no-show photos. I hope they may miraculously appear, but am pleased that you are now holding the memories dear instead. I hope it all went well, F

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    1. Thanks Fiona! The show went well, I got tens of mails from visitors who enjoyed it. I may not have the photos but at least I have the messages. I am now looking for a new venue where to exhibit, will probably have to choose one of two local alternatives. Not bad.

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  5. At first I was very exciting while reading this, then that excitement was mixed with more frustration and disappointment. How can the photos not arrive for the exhibition? Evil genies are notoriously difficult to capture, hoping that a good genie will come your way. I love the picture of the lilacs enduring through the snow.
    from Louise at Online Accredited PhD Programs

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes, a good genie would come in very handy right now. Those photographs seem to have disappeared for ever, I won't even try to guess why. But next time I'll grab the good genie by the beard and force him to stay by my side :)

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  6. E- sad about the photos but great supportive energy is a bonus; and like Fiona I loved the vivid red of the poppies in the snow. Go well. B

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    1. Thanks Barry. The warm support of the visitors was a bonus indeed, my paper homes got lots of affection.

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  7. Bad luck to lose the photos but as everyone says, perhaps they are just hiding somewhere. Anyway, you are taking a very practical view of things. I just love the snow and the poppies - just beautiful.

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    1. I would have liked to share those photographs with you all but a month and a half has gone by and the loss is forgotten. I'll be wiser next time.

      Snowed-over poppies are a rare sight here. Normally the weather is summer-hot when they come out. I'm glad I had the opportunity to photograph something so out of the ordinary.

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