Project:Moments Intercepted

"Nicole Schlosser"

Occupation: Waitress
Location: Winona
Website: http://blankspacesemptyplaces.wordpress.com/

Why does this project interest me?
Last summer I went on a four month long cycling trip. When I returned home I felt a bit lost, and I guess I still do. I've always had a plan for what to do next until after this trip; what was next didn't quite seem right so the plan and all those that followed it were for nothing. I've always kept myself busy, I've never been 'waiting' on myself to figure out what to do next, there has always been a plan. Last summer was the first time in my life I became aware of living in the moment- when you don't reminisce about the past or day dream about the future- I felt engaged with my immediate surroundings. I want to feel engaged again. 

Challenge: *Challenge 9: Capture summertime

Challenge #9 Capture summertime

My Garden! The rabbits are eating most of it (well all of it so far…). I’m using heritage seeds I mail ordered from Sunshine Farm in BC (http://www.sunshinefarm.net/). I know I probably could have found some a little bit closer to home, but I stayed at this farm while I was on a cycling trip last summer and really enjoyed the people I met. Last summer I went on an epic cycling trip with a great group of people though an organization called the Otesha Project (http://www.otesha.ca). The Otesha Project combines cycling and theatre  to talk about issues of sustainability. I defiantly felt like I truly lived out summer during that trip spending almost everyday all day outside.


 

 

 

Challenge: *Challenge 8: Take a before & after shot

Challenge #8 Take a before & after shot

Pretty self explanatory… before they were pants, after they were shorts

 

 

Challenge: *Challenge 7: Create something with garbage

Challenge #7 Create something with garbage

I made this little note book out of an old cereal box and some paper I was going to recycle. I just folded the papers into four and made little signatures that I then sewed into a strip of cardboard that I then taped to what became the frame of the book. I then added a rubber band to help keep the cover closed when I’m not using it.

Challenge: *Challenge 6: Make your next meal a work of art

Challenge #6 Make your next meal a work of art

I’ve never been very good at these types of challenges. I was thinking about making a cake (and although on occasion cake does end up being a meal, not normally a whole cake) but I thought I would give something a little bit more meal like a chance. Only problem is, if you are hungry it’s hard to be so parsnicity with your food, and it you aren’t hungry because you ate mot of your creation, you don’t want to make something else and not eat it. So here is the beginning of a village I attempted to make.

The left most pieces of cheese were meant to make a little bike, but the toothpick kept breaking off into the cheese and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to eat it after… fail

Challenge: *Challenge 5: Make or take a portrait of a stranger

Challenge #5 Make or take a portrait of a stranger


This is a super perfect time for this challenge because I found this camera outside on a picnic table near ‘The Grill.’ I work at Williams Coffee Pub (or should I say Williams Café Fresh) near the waterfront in Hamilton. (http://www.hamiltonwaterfront.com/) I would have brought it to lost and found, but things are never found there. Anyway there seems to be a lot of nice pictures from various trips on the camera. Maybe someone will recognize them and be like “ya that’s my camera!” Anyway I found the camera in Hamilton. And here are a few portraits of strangers:

Challenge: *Challenge 3: Reveal something hidden

Challenge #3 Reveal something hidden

I decided to part my hair of the opposite side. I was talking on the phone with my friend Sam and she gave me the suggestion. A few years ago I tried to push my bangs to the opposite side, I thought it was really hard to do and made me look sort of funny but no one noticed. I’ve had bangs since I was fifteen until last fall when I decided to grow them out. It’s funny how when you have more hair you can see more of your face… They’re back now thought, again I felt like I looked a bit funny without something I grew so familiar to. Anyway here I am revealing a part of my scalp that normally stays hidden and the fact that I think hair plays a bigger role in my self image than it probably does.

 

 

Challenge: *Challenge 2: Make something old new

Challenge #2 Make something old new

I’m normally an early riser, but now that I’m waitressing I get to bed a whole lot later than I used to, so I would love to sleep in (to like 8am!)! In my bedroom I get the morning sun and I had these paper thin green and white checkered curtains, more for esthetic value than anything really. I though about getting black-out curtains, but my mom had these old curtains that used to be in the living room she was going to cut into rags. I think it’s a good time to give these curtains a new home, and get some sleep!

 

Challenge: *Challenge 1: Turn something green

Challenge #1 Turn something green

First Challenge and I’m already conflicted with what to do! Green as in… Make something eco-friendly, or someone jealous (green with envy…may be a bit of s stretch), or simply the colour? I guess I’ve tried to accomplish all three.

Green as in Eco Friendly: Now that it’s heating up outside people usually drink a bit more water, and often times out of one time use water bottles. This has a huge negative impact not only on the environment but also on your health. To make the plastic water bottles it takes at least twice the final amount of water produced and the effects on pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions, are unnecessary at best. First off plastic is made from oil, then you need to think of the kind of energy that goes into the production of not only making these bottles, but the caps, and labels, and packaging so that individuals or stores aren’t just buying one bottle but a case. More carbon dioxide is generated in transporting water from a water source, and bottles from where they are made,  to a place that these bottles can be filled, and then transporting the bottled water to stores. Bottled water produces an incredible amount of solid waste as well. Maybe you recycle, but the reality is that most people don’t and there is that whole idea of leading by example… and isn’t the first step reduce and the last step recycle (reduce, reuse, recycle)? Oh and your health… tap water has way more regulations guiding its cleanliness, and it’s not sitting in thin plastic containers that leach harmful chemicals into the water (ever see the expiry date on bottle water- because it’s there).

Green as in Green with Envy!: This isn’t meant to be- I’m so lucky and I’m rubbing it in your face- but more a reflective moment. I don’t always acknowledge how good I’ve got it. I have awesome friends and a super supportive family, I have good health, I have the time and money to go to school and travel, but more basically I have all my basic needs met. I can turn on the tap any time of day and clean water runs out. Not even everyone in this country has this luxury. Yet sometimes I buy bottled water or accept it when given to me (Oh ya it’s refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle!) supporting the corporations that make my way of life not possible for everyone.

Green as in the colour: The green light has made the water appear green and anything else that has been illuminated.

So pretty much what I’m trying to say is, ditch the idea of buying bottled water- tap water is green! And yes you are allowed to be jealous of my glowing green cup- there is also a setting that makes the light flicker. Cheer to the start of a great project!