The Moon Lists=
1. An online collection of interviews; every full moon we ask different women to reflect on their last 30 days.
2. An analog workbook; prompts, lists, and unexpected questions for digging deeper.
3. A visual exercise in recognizing the themes that are hidden in plain sight.
4. Inspired by a life of questioning; a dedication to what’s below the surface.
5. One step in a direction of exploring parts of the mind + present tense that are new, unknown, and full of possibility.
A couple years ago I became interested in a new idea after reading an interview with photographer Sam Abell. Abell, a celebrated National Geographic photographer with a 35-year career, now lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In the interview, he mentions a personal project called The Moon List.
In his words: "Every full moon, my wife and I construct something we call the Moon List — about 25 questions that have evolved over 10 years or so to reconstruct the past 30 days since the last full moon." I wrote to Abell, requesting to see the other questions on his list...and for permission to recreate his idea through the perspectives of different contributors.
Flash forward to today: Each month I ask different women to respond to a list of prompts about their last 30 days. I also consider the lists — and the ritual of monthly self-reflection in this format — to be a subtle connecting between the conscious and sub-conscious, a space to identify themes, bring up questions, and perhaps reshape or define experiences. Stepping out of dullness or habit and into clarity.
Questions have no value without engagement: I encourage everyone to borrow the prompts, develop a practice around them, and make them your own; access more monthly questions here.
Learn more about + order The Moon Lists book here.
Q: What does this have to do with the moon or moon cycles?
A: There’s this phenomena I think about a lot called Overview Effect, “a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.” If you can see a thing more as a whole you can better understand it or see that it’s beautiful, or necessary, or stupid. But when you’re too close to the dirt you lose the landscape. For me, the moon is a metaphor for vantage. It’s a reminder that we are guided by months and seasons, a system of order and natural rhythm that exist outside of ourselves. A sort of compass for reflection.
Q: Why do you post so many pictures of circles?
A: Read more about circles here.
Q: Who are you?
A: The person writing and answering this question is Leigh Patterson, an editorial/creative director based in Austin, TX. In my real life on Earth, away from the Moon, I lead a creative studio called LUCCA.
Q: Can I suggest someone to contribute to The Moon Lists? Can I host a Moon Lists event in my studio/shop? Can I order wholesale copies of The Moon Lists book? Can we collaborate?
A: Yes to all of the above, and please: Email firstname.lastname@example.org