If you had to go into hiding for a while and could only bring five things with you, what would you bring? Assuming that my very basic necessities (food, water etc) were taken care of, there are a few things that I wouldn’t want to live without:
1). A 4mm crochet hook.
2). 10 pounds of yarn in different colors. I might as well devote time to some serious crocheting while I’m in there, right?
3). A Toni Morrison book that I haven’t read yet, like Song of Solomon. I’d love to catch up on some reading, too, and would have to take an option from one of the best.
4). A Polaroid instant print camera with a few months supply of film. I’m going to assume that there’s very little electricity in this hiding place, too. Still, I’d have to document this experience. It’s supreme blog material.
5). A journal and pen. Again, supreme blog material.
The nonstop drama of this year’s presidential election makes it seem like the only sensible thing to do, at least to me, is get away from it all. Take a step back. Regroup and retreat. No more endless Facebook comment wars; no more email scandals or controversial sound bites. No more convincing of the rightness or wrongness of someone. Things have gotten so messy. Wouldn’t it be nice to say “I’ll be back when it’s over?”
My latest personal Photoshop challenge was inspired by this desire to go into temporary hiding. I’m not totally happy with the results. Admittedly, I need to get better at creating more realistic shadows. But it was a fun idea to try and bring to life. I used a bunch of thrifted items that I own. From left to right, the pile of yarn, patterned tea set, vintage camera, colorful potholder and blue trimming were all from thrift stores.
David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com
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