Wednesday, June 3, 2020

12 days out

Every project plan has milestones.  These events that must happen before anything else can happen.  Our last milestone was getting the application submitted, apart from the movie trailer being corrupted in upload and a nervous couple hours to confirm the new file arrived ok there really is not much to do until the next milestone which is the National Parks Arts Foundation announcing this year's AiRs for Loggerhead Key in the Dry Tortugas.  It's a lot like the go  - no go of a NASA launch.  So we wait.  We are an even dozen days away from knowing.  Time has slowed down to a crawl between Covid 19 and the responses to George Floyd's murder it puts one artist residency in harsh perspective.  That said art is how I make my way and process the world so it looms large in my thoughts.  It's funny that I am writing the blog,  Shannon is a poet and most definitely better suited to writing than I am.  I will have to ask him for a poem on the waiting time we can share with you.  Since I am the one writing you get the world through my eyes for now.  How do I pass the time?  I work.  I have been painting a lot since all of this stated.  Shannon has too.  He has been prolific in his Florida paintings and has other projects cooking on the easel as well.  I like to think about what I'll work on if we get the residency.  I spend too much time doing that, but faced with the outside world it is a pleasant enough distraction.  One of the things I think about as a photographer is how do I show off this gem of a 40 acre isolated island in a way other photographers and AiR's have not.  Over 30 days a lot of the same photos get taken with each residency.  One thing I will do is photograph the island with an infrared camera. it will show off different looks and colors as well as stark black and white.  Here is a photo of Bahia Honda in the Keys shot with my infrared camera.  It will help me tell the story in a slightly different way.

 We are also making a documentary film.  We want to showcase the beauty of the Dry Tortugas of course but there have been filmmakers there before.  No matter how good the imagery there needs to be a story.  That is where we put our twist.  the movie follows two artist through the application process all the way to the last day of the residency and behind to explore what being off the grid and cut off from social media will do to their work.

Those are my first ideas.  We will of course paint, write, record podcast episodes, snorkel, explore and photograph the night sky.  I think 30 days off the grid in the beautiful yet harsh climate would fly right by.

Carl Stoveland
for the Flying Tortuga Brothers


  1. "there needs to be a story"....yes! That's the gravy, right there.

    12 days! Counting down with you guys. :)

  2. Thanks Jen you were one of our first interviews on the podcast and helped us get the whole thing off the ground!