Been a While

by Mark Forman on December 28, 2016

It's been a while but I've remained faithful to my last posts meme that I was going to focus on art to take my mind off of fake news, demagogues and hucksters. I've been going through my archives and getting out with the DSLR again taking new shots with renewed passion and loving it. I've been active mostly at Instagram and am getting some great stuff there avoiding the shameless pitchmen and promoters (mostly). Almost a new year,the Rooster according to the Chinese. Hope you've all been doing fine. Enjoy some shots. Have a happy and a healthy!

Cycles #taiwan #streetphotography #blackandwhite

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Message in a Bottle #streets #lensculturestreet #streetphotography #streetphotographers #taiwan #streetstyle

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Alphonse Mouzon-great drummer also passed before the end of 2016-here he is with another great musician that moved on ahead of him-Jaco Pastorius. Enjoy.

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Art to Add Some Positive Energy…

by Mark Forman on November 16, 2016

These recent months with the progressively awful pre-election rhetoric and then the aftermath of the result have not been America's or the World's finest moments in my opinion. I'm glad I haven't been living there for selfish reasons-it has spared me a lot of the direct impact of this news echo chamber day in and day out. For the record-I wasn't a supporter of either candidate feeling that elections have become a thing of 2 bad choices each time-or slightly different flavors of the same bad choice. Rather, than think too much about what will happen or if the news media is finally going to get it right I felt moved to take my head out of that dark cloud and put it in a "happier place" an art cloud if you will. I decided to go back and sort through my archives to make some new versions of my original shots and to take some new shots as well. Definitely the right choice because the process only leaves me feeling upbeat and fulfilled. If you get can enjoyment out of them that only adds to the value of my derision. These 3 images all from 2010 for whatever that's worth-still the early days of my photography odyssey.

Out and About




Ask a Fish…

by Mark Forman on October 17, 2016

Triple Header #streetphotography #taiwan

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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

08.24.2016 by Mark Forman

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 […]


New Day, New Idea

05.12.2016 by Mark Forman

A photo posted by Mark Forman (@bbluesmantw) on May 11, 2016 at 5:12pm PDT 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 […]