axis of light

Home from Florida, where it was so lovely for a few weeks of swimming, sunshine, and, on the one overcast slightly rainy day, with husband and mother, a walk through Green Cay (where I took these photos).

Sleepy still, and probably jet lagged, and trying to nip a bug in the bud, but I keep thinking about my good dear friend Pia Getty, and her film, AXIS OF LIGHT. And how surreal her life is, and her world, and how she doesn't have to do this: make films about artists around the world (her first takes place in China, and Axis of Light focuses on eight middle eastern artists).

It is such a beautiful film. I want to help her to get it seen by as many people as possible. It is an important film. Especially now, as I think of the good people of Syria, and pray that the forces of good in this world can save them. As I think of Maria Colvin, and late last night, watching her colleague and friend, Paul Conroy, speak of her courage and her humanity. And how irrelevant it feels, fashion weeks (I chose this season to skip out on the whole thing, and I don't regret my choice) and how my friend Pia could spend all her time flying around to fashion weeks, or buying shoes, (altho she does, let's face it, have some great shoes), and instead - besides being a wonderful mother of four, and having such a rich, full social life - she chooses to focus on WHAT MATTERS.

And I can't really speak what I feel, what's in my heart - my brain doesn't seem to work - but I feel so grateful, so so grateful: for my life, for the love and friendship of my friends and family. I had the privilege of riding with Pia to her London premiere of the film, at Christies, and it will have its world premiere at the end of the month.

It seems that most of my time these past few weeks, swimming, quieting my mind, has been caught up in images of water, of nature, reflections of light. This isn't even what I meant to say, or show - I seem to have lost the ability to articulate, and the more I type, the more inarticulate I feel - but I guess I have the rest of my life to strive for better ways to express what I see and what I feel. What I mostly feel now is love, and light. And an overwhelming sense that we are all connected. And what we do, or don't do, MATTERS.

More about Axis of Light: www.piagettyfilms.com


mtg said...

so glad to have you back. sound very interesting. I have to come back to your links tonight when I have more time.

daisychain said...

I have so few words right now, but had to say I've been thinking of you a lot right now x

O D Y S S E Y said...

Jill, even jet-lagged and under the weather, you have a beautiful way of expressing in words and images.
I would like very much to see your friend's film.

The Photodiarist said...

Thanks for posting the link to the trailer of Pia Getty's film. It looks so very interesting!

Australian Fashion Review Blog - Gems said...

Jet-lagged or not you are still as eloquent as ever - you always seem to get your feelings down whereas mine remain a jumble of words and images - maybe that is why I have such strange dreams.
Gems x

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Congratulations to your friend, Pia Getty. The film looks marvelously shot and edited. Moreover, it is actually about something that matters.

I do feel for people in Syria right now. My brother and sister in-law are indy film makers and work with and are friends with the artistic community from the Middle East -- Syrians, Iranians, etc -- having mingled and worked with them during their NYU film days). So it's wonderful to see your friend's work highlighting them.

Beautiful, peaceful images posted here too.

J xxxx

Pearl Westwood said...

These are beautiful, I really like to see your experimental and graphic images. Just look at your blurred images below and sometimes, true with my own images too, they say more to me that the picture perfect ones, they make you think or invoke a memory.