Dorothea Lange, Woman of the High Plains, Texas Panhandle, 1938

Two more weeks!  Oh, no!  Is it time to panic? Last week, I thought I knew where I was going.  Now I feel lost, again.

Anybody else feeling that way?  Ug!

To make myself better, I turned to the Internet.  Internet Therapy!  I Googled ‘feeling lost and creativity’ and ‘feeling lost and Buddhism.’  I knew I’d find some comfort in those topics.

I found in my therapy that feeling lost or being stuck is uncomfortable, but often a necessary step in the search for creativity.  The feeling of being lost is common and generally considered part of the process necessary to connect with your art.  To connect with your subject.  To finally, connect with yourself.  Zen Habits: breathe 

This article made me feel better:  8 Ways We Block Our Creativity and Keep Ourselves Stuck.

Dorothea Lange, Tractored Out, Childress County, Texas. 1938

“I’m trying to get lost again.”

Those are the words of photographer, Dorothea Lange.

You can watch the full film online at KQED: Watch Full Film: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.

“In 2014, American Masters – Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning premiered August 29 on PBS. Directed and narrated from a uniquely intimate perspective by Lange’s granddaughter, Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor,the film combines family memories and journals with never-before-seen photos and film footage as well as newly discovered interviews. A companion book,Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, by Elizabeth Partridge, was published in 2013 and is the only career-spanning monograph of Lange’s work in print.” Dorothea Lange. Wikipedia

You probably know Dorothea Lange’s photos from her work during the Depression and of Japanese Relocation Camps.

The SFMOMA often has showings on Dorothea Lange’s work; while they are closed you can watch numerous videos on the author.  The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) photography collections include Dorothea Lange’s personal archive of approximately 25,000 negatives and over 10,000 prints dating from 1919 to 1965, as well as contact sheets, manuscripts, journals, correspondence, and field notes.  See her prints online.

The haunted face of the “Migrant Mother” holding her children.  Unemployed and hungry. (Read about the tragic story of the mother, Florence Owens Thompson.)

Dorothea Lange, “Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.”


You also may know Dorothea Lange from the 1933 photo of the “White Angel Breadline” in San Francisco.  Lange had settled in the Bay Area and had a studio in San Francisco.  She was a member of the famous Group f 64 that included Ansel Adams, Imogene Cunningham, Edward Weston.  F.64 was the first art group to treat women as equal participants.

Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline

Dorothea Lange on White Angel Breadline, San Francisco