Sunday, February 4, 2018

Cafe off the grid

No doubt you may have noticed that a lot of art photographers like shooting signposts, especially if they are old and reminiscent of past times. They also like abandoned buildings of any kind. Somehow they are very evocative, of times gone, of styles the world has passed by, and replaced with 100 ft poles beside the freeway, topped with a logo of a gas station or fast food joint, just get off at the next exit, your needs and wants will be satiated very quickly. 
I got a few of my own:

This one is my all time favorite!

Of course the straight shots can blossom into something... 'completely different', to quote Monty Python.

Here's a link you ought to click on. You can never back up enough!
It's like Bo Diddley was quoted as saying: "Whenever you negotiate any contract/commitment take a lawyer along. And get a second lawyer to keep an eye on the first one."

On the NYT mission to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Enuf said.
To 'The Donald?' ... eat shit....... and die.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New year!

Another year has zipped past both of us, so glad we are both still right here, right now. With a number of not so good health conditions under control thanks to a fistful of prescriptions, i plan on continuing make photomontage digitally even though my bad back has forced an end to traditional darkroom.

My New Years wishes?

I hope i keep seeing things that tickle my creative nerves.
The verb to 'see' is an onion - many layers, literally the eye sends signals from the retina to the brain.
But that's only the beginning. After the seeing ends, the perception begins...

I hope i take the time to 'stop, look, listen'. Carefully.

Not just once, but often. And at great leisure.

I hope to apply whatever skills and wisdom 
i have acquired to good use.

I hope my dreams remain sweet.

And i hope i always keep this saying, or prayer as it is called, close to heart.

The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). The best-known form is:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference."

So right now you're thinking "uh-oh, is this guy some kind of evangelical religious ranter, standing on a soap box?"

No, only "sort of".

My parents made us say the Lord's prayer before bedtime, go to church and sunday school. Age 10, i was sent to a boarding school, mildly religious - a short (10 min.) chapel service every morning, a long one on sunday, complete w/ sermon.

Did it all sink in?
"Sort of".
The essence of the teachings is right on target, but i would delete any reference to an anthropomorphic 'God' or 'Lord'.

I think Buddhism gets closer to the truth = there's no 'higher power' but perhaps there is a deeper resonance in the universe. 
And in us, all of us.

I'll end w/ a very short bit of wisdom, a Warren Zevon song lyric:

"We contemplate eternity under the vast indifference of heaven"

Enough said - Thank you Warren, you left us too soon.