A Bone’s Perspective

I love photography. It’s truly been awhile since I’ve worked in that medium. The digital camera has offered a real learning curve and I just haven’t invested the time to learn. I miss film or what is commonly known as analog photography. I use to develop my own film and prints. When digital came I just didn’t move forward. There were other things in life that got in the way. But, I still didn’t invest the time to learning.  I did start looking at other avenues to play with. One of them was SX70 manipulation. And of course, Polaroid crumbled and that film died. I’m very much aware of the Impossible Project. It’s just when it died I couldn’t get myself to dive back into those manipulations.

I have been thinking about pinhole photography for sometime. I had made one in Jr. High and several times through out High School. And with Lomo around, there are so many options for it now. But, still nothing really sparked the creative fire. Not until I ran into Yama.

This is a pinhole camera made from a Tibetan Skull. The artist is Wayne Martin Belger. It’s amazing and rather expensive. But, it brought the excitement of photography and sparked a creative fire that hasn’t existed for some time. It’s not unusual to create pinhole cameras out of things like oat meal cans, small altoid tins, spam cans, boxes, ceramics etc.. there are some very beautiful ones made of wood. But, this is beyond beautiful. It’s magical.  I love the creative use of the Bone.

The use of the Bone stirs up thoughts of other ways to make use of a camera like this. I was thinking how interesting it would be to use the Bone for photography but as part of Tapping the Bone. Tapping the Bone is a way of working with and communicating with your ancestors.  I’ve learned about this from Griffin Ced, at the Greenman, in North Hollywood. Even though I’ve taken a few classes I certainly have no authority in writing the how to’s. I do highly recommend taking his class if you’d like to get more familiarized with this art form.

I am getting close to initiating my Bone to do some ancestral work. So, it’s very timely that I found this. I could only begin to imagine the photographs I’d take. Or what my familiar would share with me through photography. I don’t even know if it could be used in that manner and how. But, the possibilities seem limitless. I want to make something like this.  I won’t be using a real skull. I have to think this through. I need to figure out if I can work this way with my familiar or with my ancestors.  The way I’m thinking of it is a bit complex.  But, communication through another art! It’s exciting!!

This bridges my love of photography with my love of skulls and spirituality soo well and it ignites that creativity that has been dormant for so long. Off to think of ways to make this manifest.  If not with the ability to work with the ancestors but to have a bad ass functioning pinhole camera extraordinaire. Which I know will NEVER come close to Yama. And I certainly don’t want anything similar. But, I want one of my own. A Bone, a camera, a different perspective. 

Please go take a look at Yama and check out the artist and his site. His work is unique and the cameras are truly works of art.

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To The Bone

 

I don’t write well. I’m sure you can tell by what I post here. But, I do love to write.  I’ve been wanted to get back to writing more on the blog, so I decided to join Pagan Culture’s Witches in Fiction 2103, To the Bone Challenge.  But, it’s not just about writing, it’s specifically what inspires you on topics about Witches and Bones.  Two of my favorite topics! So, I figure this will be fun!!

 

 

Making Tinctures

Making Herbal Tinctures

I really do enjoy making tinctures. They’re so much easier to make than I thought. The hardest part is waiting for it to be done so I can press the little pretties!!

The chatter among the herbalist I know differ completely on the right way to tincture. Some believe you need to tincture the herbs individually. Then use the individual tinctures together to create a unique tincture. This way you are pulling the herb’s tasty and healthy goodness individually. Then combine them together with others to create an awesome explosion of a wonderful concoction. Then there are others who feel that if you put the herbs all in one and tincture, they play nicely mixing and melding and dancing together as they tincture. It makes for an exotic love affair of herbal madness.

I make the herbal mixed tinctures, mainly because room is limited. I can’t have 10 herbs tincturing at the same time. Where would I store them? But, the plus side to individual tinctures is that I could create a tinctured mix on the go, or randomly if they were available. But, making herbal mixes are more cost effective. With one tincture mix I only use 4 ounces of herbal mix and 20 ounces of liquid. Rather than 4 ounces + 20 ounces of liquid for each herb. I save a bit on that end. And I do think the herbs mixed play nicely together.

If you’d like to try your hand at making an Herbal Tincture. Here’s a great how to video from Mountain Rose Herbs. I don’t like reinventing the wheel especially if someone has done an awesome job of doing it already. So, I won’t rewrite how to tincture. The web is filled with great resources for that. But, I’ll tell you about the tinctures I make and my results. I think from that we can all learn something!

Tonight I’m making a tincture my friend and I created.  It’s for muscle aches and pains. We’re hoping the tincture will lessen the pain of being hit by a ‘mack truck’. We’re just hoping it will make our ritual recovery easier and bearable the few days after.

And yes, that’s my husband, photo bombing. Ah gotta love that man!