Doubt

My process has always been one with doubt. Doubt and I have come to be good friends. We argue; doubt challenges me; I like to challenge doubt. Sometimes I listen; sometimes doubt listens to me. Things get clearer when we talk. ‘And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must…

The writing of Jim Moore

Email sent to Jim Moore 31st May 2017. Dear Jim Today I read your chapter ‘Photography changes how we perceive ourselves’ (in the publication ‘Photography Changes Everything’). I cried. Thank you… It was beautiful. Renee (Pages 133-135, ‘Photography changes how we perceive ourselves’ by Jim Moore; from the publication ‘Photography changes everything’, Marvin Heiferman, 2012, Aperture…

Once worn by

‘Recently, I asked the students in my seminar what things they owned that they considered meaningful. One young woman sheepishly admitted that she owned a shirt once worn by Jerry Seinfeld, which she had brought on eBay. All the students agreed that Seinfeld once having worn the shirt gave it value and meaning. Exactly what…

‘Whanganui River to gain legal personhood’

6.44am, 16th March 2017. Shannon Haunui-Thompson, Te Manu Korihi Editor for Radio New Zealand posted the following news report on the RNZ website. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/326689/whanganui-river-to-gain-legal-personhood The full report is quoted below. ‘Whanganui River to gain legal personhood In a world first, a New Zealand river will be recognised as a person. The Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill was…

The significance of objects. Part I

I have been thinking about objects; those most precious to us and their significance in our lives. What is it that makes them so comforting; so significant? Here are a few thoughts I have had around this…   Objects allow us to feel connected. Connected to experience, to memory, to the intangible. Connected to the…