Ask a Fish…

by Mark Forman on October 17, 2016

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"Ask a fish to describe water. It can't because it doesn't know that water exists."

When I was a new college student in the dorm-already a trippy new experience, I remember wanting to make conversation with my roommate who was sent by his airline in Japan for English training in the US. My roommate's name was Etsu. He was very shy and not a proficient English speaker. I recall trying to make conversation with him and asking him what was it like to grow up on an island? He paused as it was obviously an awkward question which he couldn't come up with a good answer for. It was about 3 days later when the inanity of my question to him became apparent to me-I myself had grown up on an island(Long Island) and had absolutely no awareness of my home being an island. Brooklyn was just Brooklyn to me-and more specifically my tiny part of it-Flatbush, Midwood and really just the space I lived in with my family was just the world I knew and had no special name or awareness that I attached to it.

The photo above was taken in the YanCheng District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan close to the harbor, I'm sure there are many fish swimming around in there. I have no clue how they feel although I enjoy fish. I did enjoy the family time together and the waterfront city. There are many more good images to be had there and hopefully I'll have more time to go and get some of them, have conversations with some more people and try to learn that "water exists."


Some Things

by Mark Forman on August 24, 2016

Been doing some street shooting with the big cam again (DSLR non-phone cam). Feels good. Threw this up on Flickr and it got explored. Shot at Taichung Train Station-always some interesting peeps hanging around there. More significant stuff: son turned 22. Hard to believe we were all just babies yesterday it seems... Some new work projects happening with ViSorb material-a vibration damping material of ours. Good to be busy, healthy, alive and having some creative/artistic fun. How about you all?


New Day, New Idea

by Mark Forman on May 12, 2016

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So here it is... Originally I was getting ready to launch my Indiegogo campaign for lightweight/stretch comfort belts. I haven't nixed that but have placed it on hold. The reason is I researched another application of my silicone foam material that I feel offers more immediate and even greater benefits than comfort to wearer-better skin and environmental protection! What you say? Whenever I do product research I tend to hold on to little bits and pieces of material which I'll often play around with; sometimes brainstorming while I'm looking and touching. It was during this process,I had just returned from my morning exercise routine so my face and skin were moist from perspiration and I got an idea to pick up a strip of my textured silicone tape and rub it across my face on a spot that clearly had some gunk build up-gunk is more correctly dead skin cells and oil. I rubbed it back and forth a few times until I felt some mild warmth and checked-voila! The spot I treated was very smooth and clean.

This prompted me to do some research-there are a number of products in the skin care marketplace that use silicone molded products for skin exfoliation/scrubbing. OK so I'm not crazy... I already knew that silicon is hypoallergenic, latex-free(many people have latex allergies) and petroleum-free(no petrochemical content in silicone unlike all thermoplastics) so Win, Win, Win! It is safe for skin, and comfortable on skin. Our material is even more supple and stretchy than regular silicone so even more comfortable and safer to use on skin.  I will have pictures available very soon and give details about the Indiegogo campaign. Hope you can all help share and support as you are able. Will offer some special incentives to web friends too! O.o

PS: I quit smoking over 10 years ago(unlike my photo's subject). Smoking is bad for the skin-it dries it out and virtually ages it-think of jerky... Ouch!

大家好。本來我有準備要做一個皮帶募資網站的方案。我現在暫停了。我另外準備推廣一個環保t皮膚保養器材。材質是我們矽膠發泡做的 對皮膚很溫柔又無過敏也無任何石油成份。



Apocalyptic Vision

04.26.2016 by Mark Forman

Here is a picture of a pretty young woman with a lovely smile. So what is apocalyptic about this you might be asking yourself? Nothing-this is just a recent image I took in one of the fashion shopping areas of town. The deeper meaning and inspiration for the post title was something that came to mind […]


04.18.2016 by Mark Forman

A photo posted by Mark Forman (@bbluesmantw) on Apr 16, 2016 at 11:06pm PDT This shot was from a few months back. It was a good trip. Father and son time down in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. We went there to shoot product videos. This was towards end of my solo roam through Kaohsiung downtown while son […]