Happy Holidays From Art Fag City

by Paddy Johnson on December 24, 2011 · 3 comments Posting Notice


The Johnson family farm, Christmas, 2007

I’m feeling a bit of nostalgia for the Johnson family farm this season since I won’t be making my normal trip up to Canada this year.  (My parents are in New Zealand for the holidays). It’s not often they receive a dusting of snow like this just before Christmas, but in 2007 I spent a good deal of time marveling at the like. Now when I look at the photographs I am struck by how little they capture of the trip. The snow was more sparkly, the landscape more awe inspiring, and my family more jovial. I’m not great with a camera, but also, its limitations are clear; it rarely represents duration of experience well.

There have been times when I would have found this frustrating, but today that imperfection makes those memories feel a little more distinct. Sometimes it’s nice to have experiences that are best shared in person. That won’t stop me from taking pictures today and tomorrow, but I probably won’t go crazy. And so, my wish to all AFC readers maps to my own desires; that our memories be a little less perfect and a little more special.

  • http://www.digitalmediatree.com/sallymckay/ Lorna Mills

    You will be missed.  Your visits are a favourite part of my post-Xmas.

    • http://www.artfagcity.com Paddy Johnson

      It’s my favorite part of post-Christmas too. Lots of breakfast and booze!

  • Floyd6401

    I liked the artical on Elizabeth Dunbar on why she was let go at the Arthouse in Austin.
    I lived there for many years. It was great. Are you an artist too?  Been a artist for many years and still going strong.  Hope you write more on the art world.  Where can I go to see more of your work?  Wish you all the best..

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