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this is another curiosity space that i took the photos for  a while ago. this time, i am sharing my brother, joe, and his wife, addie’s, house. they have two little one’s ryland and violet. they live in the olympia, washington. one of my favorite towns in the US!  i have always loved their dwellings, i suppose because of all the curious things. my brother and addie have been together since i was like 15 or 16! i remember the first time i met addie, waiting in my living room in alabama for my parents to bring them home from the airport. addie and i have a friendship, one that i cherish. she is a brilliant artist and crafter, as kind as can be, has a great sense of humor, and is smart as a whip! she doesn’t sweat the small stuff, and gives my brother way to many back scratches!  no wonder my brother loves her so much. i would say addie has always been an inspiration, and she taught me to look for gifts in nature. she never treats me like the little sister either, so i kind of love that too. addie has found some great pieces over the years, all from the great outdoors. i love the way their styles meld together. my brother with all his nature books and addie’s treasures to adorn them.

my brother, as i have talked about before, is an ecologist. he is also a photographer, from a preservation point of view. you can see his work here. joe, is ten years older than me. when i hit my twenties, he and i started to form a friendship. we finally had things to relate on and found out we have a lot in common. i look up to joe a lot. he is super smart and i look to him for info on politics, nature, and photography! as a kid, i use to go into his room when he was gone and go through this small little chest full of knick knacks. i suppose he was some sort of mystery to me. he use to collect fossils and after college and while getting a masters, became somewhat of a hippy! he lived in many places from the everglades, taos, salt lake city, seattle, colorado, and back to washington. my parents and i would go visit, he just added to my inspiration for wanderlust! while he and addie were living just the next town over here in colorado (wish they still did!!) they had their first child ryland. i use to come visit from LA and help them out. joe would have to go into the field for work (the field meaning the wilderness) and addie was commuting to denver. i formed a special little bond with ryland during all that time. and now they have violet, i need to go visit that little girl! i love her so!

i love all the bird nests, the feathers, the old family photographs. i love the photo of my mother that sits on their mantle. i love all the family heirlooms from addie’s side. her dad is quite crafty himself. i love asking where each piece came from. i love how addie thinks she needs help decorating, clearly she doesn’t!

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i love walking into someone’s house and my curiosity begins to soar.

i love walking into someone’s house when it evokes a feeling.

i left skip’s house last week and was back within 5 days, photographing his world. really, he was my inspiration for this new series.  skip was kind enough to just let me go for it, while his guitar playing accompanied the photo session.  sitting on skip’s porch evokes such a peaceful high, especially at sunset. one of the better spots i have been in los angeles.  his studio is situated above a single family home in the hills near hermon, monterey hills, and garvanza, which are considered subdistricts of highland park. this is one of the things i love about skip… as we were driving to get some food (the oinkster and fusion burger! yum and yum! and two different days mind you), in his “skip” fashion, explains to me these historic regions. being intrigued i did some research (as i am completely fascinated by the history of LA). garvanza was named for garbanzo beans that once flourished there. it was also generally considered the birthplace of the arts and crafts movement of southern california, along with pasadena and south pasadena.

 i think you can tell a lot by a person and the things in their house… what their aspirations are.their passions.the things that they are curious about.  books tell a lot, art, the way things may or may not be strategically placed. i like design, i like tidy spaces, but what i like the most is when the placement of each item is art in itself, yet more than likely…unintentional. that’s what i felt photographing skip’s studio. his passions, knowledge, and creativity have always been intriguing. if you know skip, you love skip.  he is truly, a one of a kind soul…

thanks a bunch skipper!! i will be taking you up on that offer to hang anytime on that porch of yours!

Skip Haswell b.1976, on the Beaver River, PA
son of a cop and nurse
two older sisters
many nieces and nephews
lives in LA
climbs mts
works hard on other peoples movies
artist
musician