On Longing ASSIGNMENT

"The body is the primary mode of perceiving scale."

 This was my first quasi-solo trip to California and on the drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I stopped by Stanford University. Being in such a large campus was intimidating, there were life-size statues left and right, but the most mesmerizing were the buildings that literally towered over me. 

This was my first quasi-solo trip to California and on the drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I stopped by Stanford University. Being in such a large campus was intimidating, there were life-size statues left and right, but the most mesmerizing were the buildings that literally towered over me. 

 

"Capacity of objects to serve as traces
of authentic experience."

 Business cards, stickers promoting a business or a band, slips of papers with friendly reminders or cartoons—each commemorating a moment that shares links to a larger story and history. A band sticker might be promoting dates for an upcoming show, and that same sticker will trigger memories for someone that maybe attended the show, or knows the musicians. Objects are generally tied to humans.

Business cards, stickers promoting a business or a band, slips of papers with friendly reminders or cartoons—each commemorating a moment that shares links to a larger story and history. A band sticker might be promoting dates for an upcoming show, and that same sticker will trigger memories for someone that maybe attended the show, or knows the musicians. Objects are generally tied to humans.

 

"The souvenir reduces the public, the monumental, and the three-dimensional into the miniature,
that which can be enveloped by the body."

 When I used to smoke box cigarettes, American Spirits was my brand of choice. A few months or maybe years into me smoking the brand, they started coming out with these little slips that had an interesting photograph on one side and some sort of information or statistic about their brand. i absolutely loved them. To this day, I keep them in my visor and they've outlived my previous car. It's not so much that they represent smoking for me, although they do, but it was a lovely extra.

When I used to smoke box cigarettes, American Spirits was my brand of choice. A few months or maybe years into me smoking the brand, they started coming out with these little slips that had an interesting photograph on one side and some sort of information or statistic about their brand. i absolutely loved them. To this day, I keep them in my visor and they've outlived my previous car. It's not so much that they represent smoking for me, although they do, but it was a lovely extra.

 

"Nostalgia cannot be sustained without loss."

 Capone and I had to part ways about two years ago. He was my second cat and my first 100% indoor cat. I got to pick him out from a litter of strays and he was perfect. I still remember the first night I brought him home and when he got a brother during Christmas time. He was a maniac, suicidal at time, but definitely a great kitty.

Capone and I had to part ways about two years ago. He was my second cat and my first 100% indoor cat. I got to pick him out from a litter of strays and he was perfect. I still remember the first night I brought him home and when he got a brother during Christmas time. He was a maniac, suicidal at time, but definitely a great kitty.

 

"To have a souvenir of the exotic is to possess
both a specimen and a trophy."

 Scars can be a form of souvenir. They tell stories, they hold meaning, and we can hide or celebrate them— I've always chosen the latter. Some scars last a lifetime, usually the more lethal or traumatic, while others only a short period of time. Regardless, they represent a memory sometimes quite vividly captured by the mind, other times strategically forgotten.

Scars can be a form of souvenir. They tell stories, they hold meaning, and we can hide or celebrate them— I've always chosen the latter. Some scars last a lifetime, usually the more lethal or traumatic, while others only a short period of time. Regardless, they represent a memory sometimes quite vividly captured by the mind, other times strategically forgotten.