Traverse Day Robinette: Blog http://traverserobinette.com/blog en-us (C) Traverse Day Robinette traverserobinette@yahoo.com (Traverse Day Robinette) Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:04:00 GMT Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:04:00 GMT http://traverserobinette.com/img/s/v-5/u787439458-o80618159-50.jpg Traverse Day Robinette: Blog http://traverserobinette.com/blog 86 120 Spring Tulips http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2017/6/tulips Spring TulipsSpring Tulips, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

Spring Tulips, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

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Memories & Nahant http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2017/4/memories-nahant Nahant has been calling me for some time. I remember my first trip out to the island; I knew instantly, I had found something very special. A twenty minute bike ride and a short hike, and I feel completely transported away from the city. I love looking out to sea and not seeing land. Strangely enough, it is both peaceful and comforting. Every time I visit the island I learn something new about it, I see something I have never seen before.

 

Our muscles burned as we raced down the causeway. This may have been the fastest I have ever gone on my bike.

 

40 Steps40 Steps, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

40 Steps, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

40 steps, a place where friends leap from the rocks and swim beneath the ocean’s surface.

 

Plant StudyPlant Study, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Plant Study, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Rock Study 1Rock Study 1, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Rock Study 1, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Grass Study 1Grass Study 1, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Grass Study 1, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Tree TunnelTree Tunnel, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Tree Tunnel, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

The LookoutThe Lookout, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

The Lookout, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

We talked about the future.  Biking and surfing are all that matter.

 

Grass Study 2Grass Study 2, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Grass Study 2, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Rock Study 2Rock Study 2, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Rock Study 2, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

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Spookyweird http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2016/5/spookyweird Wolf PitWolf Pit, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Wolf Pit, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

I was walking home one evening and fell into a pit in one of our neighbor’s fields. There in the pit, to my surprise, was a wolf. I was terrified and so was the wolf. The walls of the pit were confined, and the floor was deep below the surface. I backed up against a wall, and the wolf did the same at the other end of the pit. The distance between us could be crossed if I reached out my hand. All night we shared this pit. In the morning some men found me and pulled me out. They shot the wolf.

 

Upside Down BirdUpside Down Bird, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

Upside Down Bird, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette

After Thanksgiving my family sets up our Christmas tree with our hodgepodge collection of ornaments. One ornament is a life-like bird with real feathers. I’m unaware of its origin, but we hang it on the tree every year.

I decided one year to place the bird ornament on the bird feeder in the backyard. There was a small flock of birds around the feeder, and when I went outside they all fled for refuge in the surrounding trees. The ornament has wires extending from the feet. I wrapped the wires around one of the posts of the feeder, and then I walked back inside the house. From the window my family and I watched as the birds returned.

The birds kept their distance from this strange new bird on the feeder. Slowly their chirping grew louder. The birds became restless, flying around and hopping between the trees. Birds started circling the feeder, and one brave cardinal swooped in and hit the ornament. The ornament that was attached to the post did not fall off, but instead fell forward and was now hanging upside down on the feeder. The imposter was revealed and chaos spread amongst the birds.

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Dragonflies at Dusk http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2016/3/dragonflies-at-dusk These images were made on a walk at the end of the day in Keyes Conservation Area, also known as "Oak Hill." In the field the air was full of dragonflies eating mosquitoes, and birds eating the dragonflies. I've never seen anything like this before. I stood watching as the battle for life waged on, thinking "If I was smaller, I too would be fleeing for my life."

DragonfliesDragonflies, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Dragonflies, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Oak HillOak Hill, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Oak Hill, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

GoldenrodGoldenrod, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Goldenrod, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

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Moving Images: Surge & Surface http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2015/3/moving-images In the summer of 2014, I experimented with an underwater video camera for the first time. This is also the first time I've worked with video since high school. I still thoroughly enjoy making still images, but it was interesting to more or less make a still image where time and movement are added elements.

 

Surge; Marblehead Light, 2014Surge; Marblehead Light, 2014

Surge; Marblehead Light, 2014 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

I've always thought that swimming and diving beneath the surface was as close as I could ever come to flying. Beneath the waves I can study the movement of life and be caught up in the movement of the sea. The surface is where I must return, it's a joy to refill my lungs and marvel at the beauty of where water meets sky. Two worlds they are and I belong in one, yet I visit the other as frequently as I can.

 

Surface; Castle Rock, 2014 © Traverse Day Robinette

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El Salvador http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2015/2/el-salvador John; Fort Lauderdale and JellyfishJohn; Fort Lauderdale and Jellyfish, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

John; Fort Lauderdale and Jellyfish, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

Our journey started with an unexpected layover in Fort Lauderdale. August heat and jellyfish make for a horrible combination. No one was in the water except for a few kids and we could see jellyfish clearly in the surf. I asked the lifeguards if it was safe to swim and their response was "yes". I asked about the jellyfish and they replied "it's like a bee sting". Anyone who has ever been stung by a bee knows it's not a pleasurable experience. Now imagine swimming in water filled with jellyfish that sting like bees, which would be a terrible idea. John made it to waist deep in the surf before running back to shore in a world of pain.


John; Bus RideJohn; Bus Ride, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

John; Bus Ride, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

Our Spanish was pathetic at best, and what better way to start our adventure then to take a bus from San Salvador to Barra de Santiago. People were extremely friendly, even with the details of "that is where they kill people". An elderly man points to the location out the window.

 

Traverse; El ImposibleTraverse; El Imposible, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

Traverse; El Imposible, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

Memories of the jungle consist of ice cold rivers, oppressive humidity, and eating pupusas in the back of a pickup truck speeding down the highway. The jungle is a beautiful place.

 

John; Barra de SantiagoJohn; Barra de Santiago, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

John; Barra de Santiago, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

I would surf and John would read. When I came back to shore he would say "You were really far out, there had to be sharks where you were at", and then catch me up on his discoveries of Patti Smith. One night phosphorescence washed up on the beach. As we ran, our footprints in the sand would flash green for an instant. I felt like a child in a picture book where anything was possible.

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Nicaragua: Hectic and Epic http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2015/1/nicaragua-hectic-and-epic Nicaragua 1Nicaragua 1, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Nicaragua 1, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 2Nicaragua 2, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Nicaragua 2, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 3Nicaragua 3, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Nicaragua 3, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 4 Nicaragua 4, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 5 Nicaragua 5, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 6 Nicaragua 6, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 7 Nicaragua 7, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 8 Nicaragua 8, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 9 Nicaragua 9, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Nicaragua 10 Nicaragua 10, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

 

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traverserobinette@yahoo.com (Traverse Day Robinette) 2010 35mm Color Film Journal Nicaragua Sketch Surfing http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2015/1/nicaragua-hectic-and-epic Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:21:59 GMT
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Fragile, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette Fragile, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

 

Beautiful, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette Beautiful, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

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Backyard Days http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2014/1/backyard-days 800x600

When I moved to Cambridge one of my favorite features of the apartment was the little back yard. As a child my father always kept a garden and to this day, every summer his garden is an oasis in my parent’s backyard. When I visit my father, he always takes me for a walk around his backyard upon my arrival. He shows me everything he has planted, telling me to taste this or smell this. I have many fond memories of my father and this is one of them.

Backyard Bike, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette Backyard Bike, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

With this new backyard it was now my turn to try my hand at gardening. My first summer I didn't have a whole lot of time to commit besides watering what was already growing. It was an interesting patch of land because tenets before me had planted a variety of flowering perennials. Throughout the summer each plant took its turn by becoming the center of attention in this backyard jungle.

Summer White Flower, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

A jungle is what I imagine my backyard to be every time I went out to water or till the soil. I never knew what I would find under the leaves of a plant or crawling in the soil. Coming home after work and spending time in the garden became a daily ritual for me. I quickly learned how relaxing it is to work with the earth and getting dirty as you watch your efforts grow.

Garden Worm, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

Needless to say by late summer, my overgrown garden was truly a jungle. I didn’t do much weeding this first summer because so many of the plants were new to me. If it started growing I gave it a chance and left it alone. Most of the plants growing I had no clue what their proper names were. Like most explorers, I called them by what the plant resembled. The Firework Weed grew in abundance. I'm sure it is a weed but it became one of my favorite plants in the jungle.
 
Firework Weed, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Summer came and went, so did the jungle. Winter has a way clearing the canvas to my little piece of paradise. Of all the seasons’ winter is by far my favorite. Because of winter and its bone chilling cold, it makes warmer times that much more special. I love the crocus for the triumph it represents to winter’s end as a sign to spring’s arrival and the warmer days to follow. With this sign I know the jungle will soon return.
 
Crocus, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
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A Thing Called Love http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2013/9/a-thing-called-love_406 District of Columbia; Part One, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette District of Columbia; Part One, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
I want to show a moment in time when I was in love. A time when nothing mattered except to be with this individual. It has been over three years since that summer. I can’t forget this time, nor am I suppose to.
 
District of Columbia; Fireworks, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette District of Columbia; Fireworks, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

  Our past is not always something we want to remember yet it is a part of us regardless of what we want. Our memories make us who we are. Saying this doesn’t make it any easier for me to share these images.

New York City 1; Window, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette New York City; Window, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

You were always away during the summer and I had to go looking for you. You were pursuing those dreams of yours. I just didn’t know it yet, but I was not in those dreams.
 
New York City; Fountain, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette New York City; Fountain, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

Shadows of a memory are all that remain. You slipped away. We drifted away.

Ponkapoag Shadows, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette Ponkapoag Shadows, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette

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For Whom the Bell Tolls http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2013/4/for-whom-bell-tolls February 2011 I went for a long weekend in Hancock Vermont. I had planned on shooting black and white landscapes.  Somehow I forgot my film and only had 10 sheets of 4x5 instant film and a two sheets of slide and two sheets of black and white film in my film holders. Times like these one wonders why does anyone still shoot film.
 
Self Portrait; For Whom the Bell Tolls, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
Self Portrait; For Whom the Bell Tolls, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
I did some hiking and a bit of shooting. Mostly I froze my fingers off while trying to make images in the icy woods of Vermont. I made a few instant images at Texas Falls and they were technically off. I had intended to have the scene back lit but my cold hands took so long to set up the shot that the sun actually moved from behind the tree. It is a sad day when the sun moves faster than you. I had two choices, 1) Move my camera to another vantage point and start over or 2) Stay put and make the image shooting straight into the sun. As you have probably have guessed I was not interested in loosing another race to the sun. I must say it was hard for me to let go and make an image where I knew I had given up control.
 
Snowfall, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
Snowfall, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Life is a funny thing and photography is no less strange. My photography professor Nick Nixon once said “Make pictures now and ask questions later”. Unfortunately at the time this was of little use, while in college everyone wanted questions answered “now”.  These words have been echoing in the back of my mind since graduation. I consistently find myself photographing without reason or direction of events pertaining to daily life. Answers to these questions seem to surface years later and bring a greater focus to works already made. This is something I had never anticipated to happen.
 
It Tolls for Thee, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 

I put these images aside and did not think of them for some time. They represented the scene not as I had wanted them to, but in a totally different manner.   After a year or so I found myself drawn to the quiet beauty they held.  I started to form a story and to think how they were like scenes from “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway. I had brought along this novel while on my trip and I found myself reading in the window. It was snowing outside and in the book. I look at these images from Texas Falls and they represent the snow fall and what was to come.  This sequence was also contrived with the purpose of representing my insecurities with what is before life and after death.

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The Seven Seas http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2012/12/the-seven-seas

In the spring of 2009 I signed up to take the 20”x24” Polaroid class at Mass Art. During my time at Mass Art everyone recommended that I take the class but I was very hard headed and cheap. In the class you only get to take 5 images and each shot costs $75. Plus the camera can only do verticals. I had thought that this class would be a waste of my time and money.

When it came time to register for classes, I had friends who strongly recommend that I try the class. Their reasoning was “when will you ever get the chance to work with this camera once you leave Mass Art”. Rita Lombardi and Caitlin Duennebier were the two biggest influences to attempt this course.
 
Artwork by Caitlin Duennebier

The 20x24 Polaroid class was very different from all the other photography classes taught at Mass Art. We met for about three weeks went over the camera, its history, lighting, and the business of photography. This was the only business training mass art taught and it was in a single class meeting. This knowledge alone was worth the tuition of the class. After our first 3 meetings were over, a shooting schedule was made and off we went.

My new dilemma was “what to shoot”. I had never worked in a studio environment before and was clueless on what I would work on for my shoot. I have always doodled and drawn silly cartoons and thought this would be a great opportunity to make them a reality with photography. I decided to combine real people with cartoon elements in themes revolving around and in the ocean. About the same time of my class I was reading “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. This novel along with the silliness of “The Life Aquatic” by Wes Anderson was great inspiration in developing each one of my shots.
 
Untitled, John 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette

Thus “The Seven Seas” was born. I worked in a sketch book drawing out each shot of how I wanted the model to stand and the positions for lighting. Again this was all very new and different from any form of portraiture I have done. I wanted the props to be made from white cardboard with the details drawn in with a black marker. I was not concerned with hiding the sticks supporting the props other than painting them black. The purpose of this was to keep the images looking as much like a cartoon as possible.
 
Untitled, Katrina 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette

As my shoot approached I worked on drawing and cutting out the props which turned out to be very time intensive. The night of my shoot was chaotic and amazing. It was like being on a movie set and I was the director. I told the models what to do and had many extras help with holding props into the frame. I honestly don’t remember everyone who was in the room that night, but many people helped and without their help the shoot would not have gone as smoothly as it did.
 
Untitled, Melissa 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette

I attempted two horizontals. The camera is built to only take verticals and is so large you can not lift and turn the camera on its side. This leaves only one option, you have to change the way your subject inters the frame. The toughest was a self-portrait where I laid half of my body on a box and had my feet held so I could be in the frame. The other was of Wole lying on his back with his legs up in the air and I turned the image after the shot was made.
 
Untitled, Self Portrait 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Untitled, Wole 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette

  The shoot lasted about two hours and was over before I knew it. Once everything started rolling it went so fast. Months of planning coming together at last and it was over before I knew it. The photographs hung on the wall to dry, friends said their goodbyes and I was alone in an empty room with my five images. I was mentally and physically drained from the demand of the shoot. Yet I sat there on a high for what a rush it was to work with that gigantic camera!

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Somewhere Between Here and There http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2012/10/somewhere-between-here-and-there_6645

I use to find the best way for me to connect with nature was to hike as fast as I could. I had this idea if I travel a great distance I would experience nature better by seeing more. All this rushing proved to be, I was missing out on all the woods had to offer. I now take hours to travel the distance of a mile. I spend more time looking at and appreciating my surrounds. Being still is becoming part of the environment. Slowing myself down even more I journal about each image made. Thinking more about what I’m looking at and what the scene looks like before and after exposure, instead of capturing and moving on. Not only do I record the light and my settings, but also how I feel at that moment with all that is happening around me. It is a time for me to connect with nature and a time to disconnect from everyday life.

Noon Hill Reservation2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Noon Hill Reservation2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

 
I search for places close to Boston that make you feel miles away. Most of the reservations are quite small.  All of the woods I visited are second generation growth. These places were cleared for farming and now new growth has taken over. I think these small parcels of land are just as important as the grandeur of any mountain or ocean. The beauty in this ordinary landscape is overwhelmingly powerful. Every tree, rock, twig, puddle is special and important. A puddle deserves the same attention as an ocean. 
 
Rock Woods Reservation 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Rock Woods Reservation 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Underneath the canopy a complexity of layers unfolds and envelops me. I find my way through these layers by working out the patterns of the trees and undergrowth. Letting my gaze drift through this maze of layers I try to find spaces where there is an opening, looking for a way out at the same time finding enjoyment in being lost. 
 
Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Middlesex Fells 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Middlesex Fells 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
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The Beautiful Ohio http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2012/6/beautiful-ohio The last week in October of 2011 I traveled to Cave-In-Rock Illinois with my mother to visit my grandparents and great aunts. It has been at lease 20 years since I was last in southern Illinois.  I had a vague idea of what to expect but my childhood memories are rusty at best. Upon my arrival it was like I was seeing this land and its people for the first time. The small town had not changed much, the population is only 350 and the river still flows in the same direction.

 

Cave-In-Rock State Park 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Cave-In-Rock State Park 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

I primarily worked on photographing family, my grandparent’s house and the surrounding area which borders the Ohio River. Family and old friends would come over throughout the day to share stories and fish along the river’s edge. I found myself still, listening, and looking. Sunset sunrise, ladybugs hatch, looking, listening, being still. Only the river moves in this town with her friend the sun walking across the sky.
 
Densel, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
Densel, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Garden of the Gods, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Garden of the Gods, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Paige, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Paige, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
By the end of my stay I became more interested with objects within the house. Items my grandmother chose to collect or the way she has decided to decorate and furnish rooms. As my departure grew near, my stillness faded and a sense of urgency ran through me. I had thoughts of “what if I never make it back to this beautiful land?”  “Will these wonderful people and their stories still be here?”  I worked as if with a fever on my last shots down to the wire when I was forced into the car to be taken away. One day I will return, hopefully not before it’s too late.
 
Fake Fruit, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Fake Fruit, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Rooster, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Rooster, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
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The Flood http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2012/4/flood Old TV, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette Old TV, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
What Did You Say, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette What Did You Say, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
I Said There Is A Flood On The Way, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette I Said There Is A Flood On The Way, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Sad Donkey, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette Sad Donkey, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Big Boat, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette Big Boat, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Rainbow, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette Rainbow, 2009 © Traverse Day Robinette
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Spookyweird http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2012/4/spookyweird Spookyweird is a working title to a project I started back in 2009 where I photograph places or objects where something, well spooky or weird happened. But there is more to it than that. I’m currently working on an artist statement and a proper title to explain it all.
 
The Sink, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette The Sink, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
I traveled to Southern Illinois to visit my family and to photograph “The Sink” and “The Cave”. The Sink is an area where water fills up a valley and forms a small lake. The Sink is not made by flooding or is fed by a stream. The Ohio River is close by though The Sink is not made or affected by the water level of the river. Only bullhead catfish live in The Sink and they are cannibalistic, feeding only on themselves. Locals in the area will wait for the water level of The Sink to lower to the point where they can go out with buckets and pick up the fish with their hands. Densel, my 94 year old guide, showed me the way to the vantage point where I took this image. He said he knew the owners of the property but when we pulled up no one was home. The whole time I worked with my 4x5 I feared I would be gunned down. Lucky for me The Sink was full and Densel said that sometimes it would be dry for years and he hadn’t been up there in a while to see it. It was amazing to finally see this place that my grandmother so often spoke of.
 
The Cave, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette The Cave, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 

The Cave is located in Cave-In-Rock along the Ohio River. I have visited The Cave before when I was little but this visit was definitely like seeing it for the first time. The Cave has been used in different ways throughout the years. It has served as a church, general store, brothel, and a hide out for pirates. Its blackness is haunting; alone inside I herd sounds and my mind played tricks on me so I didn’t stay long.

 

Olivia, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Olivia, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette


On the drive from the airport heading north through Kentucky I told my mom about my plan to photograph The Sink and The Cave. Detecting I was interested in capturing the oddities of where my grandparents live, she told me of Olivia. My great grandmother was a collector of everything. She always had a particular fancy for an old skeleton that the town doctor had in his office, so much so that when he retired he gave the skeleton to my grandmother. I first imagined that the skeleton was of the ordinary plastic variety found in any regular doctor’s office. My mother corrected me and told me matter of fact that in the old days they used real human bones, this skeleton was very old, and was definitely of the real bones type. She continued to tell me that skeletons used for medical purposes came from India during this time. My family first thought the skeleton was a man but later learned it was a woman changing its original name from Orville to more appropriately feminine name Olivia. Olivia was originally stored in a barn. A tornado hit the town and destroyed the barn but Olivia was lifted up and set back down unharmed. She is now stored in the kitchen of my great grandmother’s old house and sleeps in a pink velvet casket. My great aunts dress her up and take care of her and sometimes bring her out on the porch for Halloween which one year resulted in having the police called. I had never heard of Olivia until this trip to Illinois and was laughing like a nut as I drove my rental car on to the ferry smiling at the idea of the treasures that lie on the other side of this beautiful river.

 

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Follow Me http://traverserobinette.com/blog/2011/11/follow-me Follow Me, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette Follow Me, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
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