Posts Tagged ‘art’

Art to Add Some Positive Energy…

November 16th, 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

Leaner

Emerald

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Vader Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

October 30th, 2014

Flowers are beautiful living things. Very delicate with intricate structures and distinctive shapes. It is hard for me not to mess around with the appearance some since they are one of the most common and therefore over shared subjects up there with puppies and cats. That being said I can understand why so many photographers are attracted to them for the reasons stated above. So I went about it a little more darkly in this treatment which seemed to be the right thing in the moment. It is a water lily which is a very common varietal here in Taiwan There are several parks around that have them growing in ponds.

I went out yesterday for the 2nd time recently only taking my IPhone along. This is to familiarize me more with the camera, getting comfortable with focusing,processing and sharing to Instagram. I am in the process of developing an IPhone videography/photography accessory that allows you to hold onto the phone ergonomically and steadily and also serves as a desktop tripod. I will share more on that when our Kickstarter site goes live. Here is a recent photo I shot and posted over on Instagram.

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Speed of life

June 15th, 2009


Music-David Bowie-Low:Speed of Life
KTV cleanup Talking Heads sang, "This is no party, this is no disco...". Well while KTV is not really a disco it is a synthetic party place. It offers your own room for your karaoke partying madness. These guys are getting ready to close-up and go home. Some how the party is never as much fun for the people that have to clean up. No one wants to be pushing the broom behind the elephants...

Red buses best Wasn't looking for a streetcar named Desire when I found these buses. Wasn't looking for them either, so we'll count it as them finding me. Would like to ride them some day, maybe sipping a Taiwan Iced Coffee with Taiwan rum inside...or maybe just a bubble tea. Red energy on a blue/yellow day. Color this full.

On 3-hit it! Let's Dance! Let's exercise...One of the things I love about Taiwan and China is how people utilize public spaces as their extended living room. People think nothing of dancing,taichi,exercising, etc. in large groups in public. Bravo! I <3 it!

It's watching... The new Transformer movie is out(snore) like the toys way better than the movies. Memories of son driving me crazy with transforming his transformers. One fo the coolest Japanese toys ever(no mean feat from a land of cool toys). Surrounded by machines-do you ever get the feeling they're watching us?

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Marked for life…

December 23rd, 2008

I'm sure I mentioned getting inked before. What made me do it? There were no Miami or LA Ink's on TV at the time to inspire me. In fact I had no plan to do it. My girlfriend at the time had a day off and wanted to go for a tattoo. I ended up with mine because it sounded like a good idea at the time, the artist drew a good dragon on my arm, and my rebellious urge to piss of my mother and grandmother needed to be sated. I was still 19 at the time.

The muse for this tattoo talk was a collection by Korean tattoo artist Kim Joon. Kim's work is really expressive and involves materials other than tattoo ink. Check out Kim's collection and you can see the level of artistic expression there that goes beyond even the modern tattoo artists boundaries. 

My tattoo was inspired by the dragons on the sleeves of those US military servicemen's  jackets from their Asian tours: Korea, Vietnam, etc. I bought one at a thrift shop in Tucson and absolutely loved that thing. So while I was waiting for my friend to make up her mind I asked the tattoo artist how much a dragon's head would be like on my sleeve? He said, "$35 bucks." I said, "Do it." The rest is history. I think it sany0017has aged pretty well, even though colors have faded some. Maybe I'll go for a touch up here in Taiwan.

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Good hybrid of art and technology

November 22nd, 2008

 

I watched this you tube video which I found on the Nine Inch Nails site. It's is from the guy that developed the interface control system for NIN's stage. He explains how it works and how he worked with Trent Reznor and team to implement. While not the greatest video quality still impressive as a behind the scenes look at a cool technology which enabled an artist to better realize his vision. In this case the interactivity of lights and electrical devices with performers motion and contact.

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