A few years ago I saw a moving van in Destin, Florida. The companies' name was PMS-Professional Moving Service. Their tagline was Attitude Is Everything!!! On the front of the van was written MOVE IT!!! So if they pulled up behind you while you were driving, "Move It!!!" is what you would read in your rear view mirror. I don't know what their reputation is like but I love their business name and sense of humor!
When I was putting together my art/photography business I put a lot of thought into what the name would be. I made a list of what I wanted my business name to represent. I thought about colors and designs that would be part of that representation. I also thought about my personality and how that would be represented by the name. And I examined the "personality" of my art; how would it best be represented by the name.
I believe that the best photographs and art evoke emotion. The art or images that I am drawn to are the ones that make me feel something. I want my art to mean something to the viewer and cause their emotions to stir a little...or maybe more than a little. When I record a moment in a photograph I want to capture the essence of the person or the memory being created in that moment. I want to capture the moment not create the moment or re-create the person.
As I thought about what is important to me, I began to stroll through my own special memories. I loved how my parents would insist that my brother and sister and I be involved in fun, family projects. One year, my mom bought a box of unfinished wood Christmas tree ornaments. Every night, after dinner, we would paint an ornament. We did this until all of the pieces were painted and then she put them away to use on our Christmas tree that year. The funny thing is we completely forgot about them and didn't use them on the tree that year! (I have those ornaments now and use them every Christmas.)
One summer my mom and dad were experimenting with wine making. I remember them crushing bags and bags of cranberries and the aroma of the berries mixed with sugar and yeast. The filled wine bottles were stored in our basement crawlspace to age. When they decided to try their hand at making dandelion wine we were all required to go to the high school lawn and pick dandelion flowers...lots and lots of dandelion flowers. All I remember about that is our hands were stained yellow from the flower heads...and that the wine was never tasted because the bottles all exploded when they were being aged in the crawlspace!
I absolutely loved dandelions when I was little. They were so beautiful! I spent many hours tying them into necklaces and when they went to seed I blew more than a few wishes and dreams into the breeze. It was also my job to dig them out of our lawn each summer as this magnificant flower was considered a weed in our modern, suburban neighborhood! Just looking at a dandelion stirs memories in my heart and mind...all good memories.
Unpretentious, simple beauty, nourishment, comfort, security, cheerful, vibrant, earthy colors, gentle warm breezes, the sun on my face, long afternoons full of hopes and dreams, deep roots,..those are the words and phrases I think of when I contemplate the dandelion...and that is how I settled on the name Dandelion Wine Images.