…and you don’t know how to leave…
and you don’t know where to fly
and you don’t know what you feel
but you know it’s not satisfied…

Ladybird - Natalie Merchant

Ladybird – Natalie Merchant

To me, Natalie Merchant’s new song Ladybird is sort of dark and desperate, but also one of hope. The tale of someone who is no longer loved or no longer loves someone, and feels trapped. I tried to portray the sadness of this song with the darkness of my image, but I also wanted to depict hopefulness at the same time by showing that the bird has left her nest, getting ready to fly. Although she hasn’t flown away completely, it is a beginning, a start. The lost feathers are all the things that she has “got to lose.”

Natalie hasn’t put out an album of all original material since 2001, and I was so excited to listen to it after I heard this track on #mvyradio. Another elegant, so feminine song from her and her unmistakable voice hasn’t changed a bit. Thank you Natalie!

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This is a little different than what I usually do, but I was recently down in Dallas visiting my family and my sister suggested I do an image of my new Grand Niece, Haven. She is such a gorgeous thing and I thought it would be a good idea to give it a try. I have never used a baby or toddler in a photo so it was a little new for me, but I had a lot of fun photographing her and editing the image.   To me she is a wildflower, beautiful and delicate, but also, strong and hardy enough to endure whatever life holds in store for her.   And so I chose Tom Petty’s song Wildflowers for her image.

This is for Haven. A beautiful “Wildflower.”

Wildflowers - Tom Petty Model:  Haven Barta

Wildflowers – Tom Petty
Model: Haven Barta