Seer in the Seen, Double Exposure Photographic process on paper
Self portrait of Joni Mitchell against the scrubland.
In 'Come In From The Cold' video of her promo videos, Joni says: These pictures were taken in Palm Desert when I attempted to quit smoking. Since I'd been smoking since I was 9 years old I decided that in order to find the non-smoker in myself I had to return to the age of 8. So every morning early I would get up, throw on my shorts, grab my camera and wander as far away from civilisation as I could into the desert. That spring was a spectacular report and flowers that hadn't bloomed in seasons and seasons, and old timers hadn't seen, poked out of the earth... as a result migrating butterflies from Mexico that never stopped in this particular spot came down and so everywhere I went I was accompanied by a flock of butterflies. And it was really kind of magical. The pictures that I took there are very strange to some people, they see them as slightly horrific, getting more and more mask-like as I turn into tumbleweeds and foliage (laughs). I call this whole thing now 'The Seer in The Seen' so that you shoot what you see and then you turn the camera back upon yourself or a piece of yourself, your hand, your foot your shadow, so that always there is a bit of a self portrait, its a piece of the photographer and what the vision is, in that way it's more like Cubism, you're getting more of an all-the-way-around picture than a flat outward, your getting outward plus.
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