written january 1, 2013
I don’t know how to begin to thank all of the visitors to this blog over the last year. I sent my first image out into the universe on January 1, 2012 hoping that I would enjoy the discipline of producing an image a day, and hoping that a few kindred wanderers might find their way here. Who could have guessed that hundreds and often thousands of you would come knocking every day? Who would have guessed that every walk with my kids or my dog would turn into a Still blog treasure hunt? Who could have guessed that design*sponge would come knocking? Who would have guessed that Martha Stewart Whole Living (results coming this summer) would have come knocking? Not me!
I’ve spent most of the last four months thinking about what comes next, with the leisure to really think it through, and the unavoidable answer is “one more year.” None of the new directions I considered kept faith with the spirit of Still blog—a place to stop. A place to look at one thing at a time. A place to be still. I hope you agree. I can’t wait to spend another year with you.
with warm affection, mary jo
written january 1, 2012
For one year, in 2012, this blog will post one image, daily, of gathered natural objects found near me. Near me usually means Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, my home. Sometimes it means the Gulf Coast of Florida, and sometimes Grand Marais, Minnesota, on the north shore of Lake Superior. Sometimes it also means the Languedoc region of Southwest France.
Animals and parts of animals appear in this blog. In cases where live animals were photographed, they were released unharmed. In cases where fur, feathers, bones, and skin appear in this blog, the owners were found already deceased, and, I hope, have been respectfully commemorated.
I would love to see these images used as inspiration by designers and artists worldwide. Feel free to re-blog, but please give credit. And please contact me for permission prior to any commercial usage. All images are original content, Copyright © Mary Jo Hoffman.
This elegant blog was designed for me by Josh Clancy
P.S. In June of 2012, the lovely folks at Design*Sponge did a Sneak Peek feature of my Saint Paul, Minnesota home. In the feature you can see the natural setting of my environment which provides the daily inspiration for STILL blog: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/06/sneak-peek-mary-jo-and-steve-hoffman.html