By Grace Grimes, Inspired by the song “Blue Lips” by Regina Spektor

Blue Lips, Blue Veins: A photograph showing two hands, palms facing up, with a transparent, close-up image of a leaf layered over top.

Blue Lips, Blue Veins: A photograph showing two hands, palms facing up, with a transparent, close-up image of a leaf layered over top. 

Artist’s Inspiration

True beauty lies in the delicate complicities of the earth, in the balance of an ecosystem rapidly changing in one swift motion. Each organism is connected to another, each dependent on the other for survival.  We have been given this jewel of wonders from birth, yet the human race continues to overlook raw beauty, instead choosing to create the flawless and artificial. Regina Spektor addresses this idea when she sings, “They started off beneath the knowledge tree. Then they chopped it down to make white picket fences.” In my film I wanted to capture the magnitude of power the human race holds over the environment. When Spektor sings, “Blue lips, blue veins. Blue the color of the planet from far, far away,” she means that the natural and human world must coexist together, interconnected in a symbiotic relationship. As humans increasingly replace the natural earth, we ourselves begin to fade.

I love using film because given limited shots I’m forced into actually thinking about the meaning behind the photograph you take. It’s not just taking a quick snapshot with my camera; I have to pause and decide which settings and angle would best portray my message. This was my first time actually developing my own film. Once I finished the contact sheet, I overlapped two separate images in an enlarger, developed the image, and then stained the photograph with rust dye.

Grace Grimes is a senior at Canton High School. She is currently enrolled in AP 2D design and hopes to continue her creative photography and art projects when she goes to college next year.

This work was published as one of the winners of our 2015 “New Perspectives” Contest.