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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Kentucky

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At the end of March, Dan and I headed to Richmond, KY for the third biennial Living With Animals conference at Eastern Kentucky University. It was four days of expanding our brains with really great animal art and fascinating research presentations, and some field trips, too. As part of the conference, we had a tour of the White Hall State Historic Site and visited the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and the Primate Rescue Center (we were asked not to share pictures of the latter on social media, so all you get to see from there is this cute, sleepy dog and some very intense peacocks). After the conference, Dan and I rented a car and drove around the Richmond/Lexington area to see the Sheabel Pet Cemetery, the Hamburg Place Horse Cemetery, and Man O’ War’s grave at the Kentucky Horse Park. We also quickly went down to the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, which Nat and I had visited in 2013 and loved, before heading to the airport to fly home. It was a really great trip. We both plan to go back for the 2019 conference. (Read more/see pictures from LWA on Muybridge’s Horse.)

Since last March when I first visited the pet cemetery at the Oregon Humane Society (really, since I re-read Pet Sematary when we first moved here), I’ve been really intrigued by pet cemeteries and photographing in them. Sheabel blew my mind. We spent about two hours there and I could have stayed there all day. I have so many photos. I’m really happy with how this project is starting out.

See all photos from March here

New Work: Real Enough

Before I left for Kentucky for the Living With Animals conference, it was really important to me to get my new series Real Enough on my portfolio website. This project contains images made over the past four years, and when I committed to giving an artist talk at the conference, I knew it was time to fully wrap up this work, edit and sequence it, and process the images to have them presented at their best. I also finally wrote a statement for the work.

This project has been in progress for so long that it feels very familiar to me, but in style and concept it’s quite different from anything I’ve done before. Also, I hadn’t added new/finalized work to my website since spring 2015, so this is a big deal!

See more on my website, emmakisiel.com.

Bonneville & the Dead Whale

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Winter feels like it has gone on for so long. Last year, this season was so much more mild, and by late February, the saucer magnolias and other trees and plants were in bloom all over. The cold and rain has kept us indoors much more than we’d like. The weekend before Michael’s visit, we did get out to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, one of my very favorite places in the Portland area. This time, we also checked out the visitor center at the dam, which was pretty neat.

Then Michael got here, and we did a lot! We mostly ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer, played a lot of board games, and talked a lot about Stephen King books and movies. We went to Astoria, saw the dead sperm whale on the beach at Fort Stevens, went for the rainiest hike ever in Forest Park (where we saw a coyote!), and spent a long time at Powell’s. Michael is the best houseguest ever (and probably our best and most “equal” mutual friend) and it was wonderful to show him around Portland.

Tomorrow I go to Kentucky to spend five days learning about one of the things I care about most, while also getting to goof off with my best friend in the world. I sure will miss my Boh, though.