A Kingfisher…….. (c) June Perkins all rights reserved
So a typical conversation with two of my friends will cover what we have been up to with our cameras.
‘I was out trying to take a bird picture today but they were so skittish, must learn to sit for a while in the same spot until they get used to me, ‘ my friend sighs.
I offer this: ‘Yes, the way to go I station myself on my porch and it’s a good level for bird pictures. I’d like a bird hide though.’
‘Argh changing lens can be a pain. I really must get up earlier.’ My friend really wants a good bird picture.
‘Yeah I have telescopic days and days with my other lens’
This is then followed at some stage by us switching to discuss representations of race in movies, like Imitation of Life. The other evening I started watching this movie about an African lady who is thrown out on the streets with her daughter, and is taken in by a budding actress, blonde eyes and hairs, (Lana Turner). They both have daughters. The movie then explores a whole range of issues, race, sexism, perils and challenges for the child who has multiple backgrounds and rejects their ‘blackness.’ It was frustrating because today it is not really going far enough, but in its time (1959) what a RADICAL FILM!
Then today I found out that a friend, who is Torres Strait background, was made to watch it by her mum. She remembers weeping through it at the girl who is African American mixed with ‘white’ rejecting her mum and not really accepting her until the end when she was DEAD! We talked about the learnings of the film, and the majesty of the African American friend, Annie, who is like a queen in death, with so many people touched by her life, all unknown by her blondie friend who doesn’t remember her ‘having any friends.’
I will talk about this film again at some depth, but it really had me both intrigued and frustrated, and screams REMAKE! Although such films are also interesting documentations of where we were then and where we are now.
I love some of the conversations I have with my closest friends. We then spoke a little about the scene where the little girl of multiple backgrounds doesn’t like the black doll! She rejects it and wants the blondie doll.
Anyway typically such deep conversations are followed with a return to a discussion of lighter things, and the latest issues with our art, not to mention leaking rooves.
I really love being with my friends and discussing life, art and representation! They really do inspire me!
I have to end this post with one of my favourite recent bird pictures, a really fat and happy spring bird!
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A cute and fat bird, full of the bounty of spring! I have to find out what kind of bird- hmm time to search for my bird guide!
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