Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017

The Tao of Zen, " Fancy words and profound thoughts, after all the sidling rhetoric and transcendent experience engendered by the spell of words there remains the certain bounds set by the natural absolutes of physical existence."

We have lost that connection with ourselves under layers of daily trivia. 

What is left over after the wealth has altered equal rights we look for distractions to take are minds away from thinking about the lessening of our personal goals.

A feeling of anxiety as monopolies squeeze the independent thoughts and we begin to feel doubt creeping into our consciousness. We begin to realize that there is not enough time to do what we need to be doing with our own thoughts that give us strength.  We assume we are not good enough to take the next step, so we live in regrets.

Memory acts as consciousness and what we remember connects us to our past.  But we have substituted our personal memories of living with someone else's.

So when we reflect we don't see or hear our own unique voice.  We are no longer the center point of our living perspective but now see another presence using us as their vehicle for expression and this becomes our only perspective as we ignore our own path toward our created essence.

We now doubt our memories as we view external images rushing over us as a violent river and overwhelming our ability to understand a coherent string of time.  Herd instinct, innovation now is the eye candy to create an impulse to act not from your own needs but by someone else's propaganda for more and more unnatural things that only address image clutter and inner confusion.

The family unit, the intimacy of an inner life, now exposed to the world. We begin to feel disconnected from our lives and our private moments.  When we share now we don't write a letter or talk to the friend or family member face to face we now broadcast it so everyone knows our personal information. 

Through growing ego, a selfish need to be exposed without a real purposeful perspective or authentic sense of yourself, you are not present in the now. Your inner life is now becoming unbearable, your concentration on any topic, a strain to focus on the facts, the image becoming your words without contemplation.  Your vocabulary reduced to tweets, short and copied from other posts in the messy illusion of independence.

This short nest of speech substituting it with less and less words become a necessary drug to dissolve your inner lack of confidence.  Your inner turmoil now only a shallow denial of who is controlling your voice.

The new outer acceptance, the acceptance of your life as an object to be exploited for financial gain, nothing more nothing less.  

You don't have to think, the computer does it for you.  As your brain cells slowly leave a barren mind you give less and less of your true self until what is left is a mouth piece for repetitious tweets that are posted for seconds and then released to the infinite details that should be embarrassing to us.

Ask any question and a mechanical voice answers without emotion or nuance to her voice, just facts that bend the truth toward more and more control of your thought process and your ability to separate a con from the truth. The facts loaded by minds that only give rote memorized data to be repeated to the masses.

The outside images you see focus on canned responses without emotion.

Understood even before action takes place, memorized steps cemented in memories of illusions you will die defending.  Obstructs your vision of your sense of self or distracts from your  life adventure.

Information warfare against the independent minds of youthful skeptics.

Social medians entertainment, corporate media is entertainment addicts you to the horrors of someone else's pain making them a spectacle of created choice on how will this effect our viewers as a possible reflection of us on camera.

Spin your mind, twirl yourself with excuses and land deep under the precious gold of greed. Politics of created memory.  Social media creates illusions of yourself in a market scheme your being taught to participate in.  To think only of closing the sale.  The selling of yourself an ad for a surface reflection outward, not a reflection inward to who you truly are.  We put on the Ritz and are not honest with ourselves in becoming our true nature.  

Social media is a runaway circus of visual stimulus and a redundancy of words that don't add up to a complete idea, or understanding by illumination a context that is true but we ignore this because of the adrenaline rush of images we are bombarded with every second.  Where has the value of words gone.

Your connection is to an animal hungry to get at your behavior no matter what the costs.  It wants to know all your secrets and exploit those secrets to make cash.  Disconnected from live bodies we are more and more showing a willingness to be alone, thinking we are connected.  We are moving quickly into a collective media, consumer consciousness whose only purpose is buy and buy until it we are broken with nothing to show for our effort but material things that consume the planets resources.

Belief in stereotypes ruins fluidity and self awareness.  Closing a give and take relationship.

Our social consciousness changing becoming addicted to the dopamine adrenalin rush of images and texting that stimulate your behavior to retreat from life and assume a static stance of an empty vessel.  Being filled with meaningless, superficial and shallow facts that ultimately mean nothing in the advancement of your independence from the claws of consumer capitalism.

If you don't respect yourself you lose your inner value. We should seek our world through original eyes. Social media destroys consciousness of mother culture.  We cease to be part of but only a fragment in a big puzzle that controls our hours and our days. With these soundbites of shallow meaning we accept the voices as real.But they are not us, we are an individual with our own mind and need for unique personal expression.

Sorry for the digressions lets talk about photography. One of my favorite photographers was 
Eugene Smith. His words still resonate with me as I was taking photojournalism classes in college.

He was meticulous in creating his imagery.  He had to control the environment to make an image worth its weight in meaning.

His insights to grasp the person and create a scene worthy of publication is legendary.

He was a photographer that held to his purpose and didn't allow distraction to interfere with his ability to get the vision the way he new would become meaningful to a wide audience.

He would listen to his editor but never allow an outside force to interfere with his vision for the subject.  No preconceived ideas in this man.

What is the creative self?  Is it a person with an agenda to complete a list of images to be taken in a certain order? Hardly, a creative person takes the ordinary and transforms it into an expression of his inner landscape.  He is not concerned about like and dislikes he could care less about that.  For the creative person a great image is one that he deeply felt and wasn't afraid to take.  It is knowing your subject and allowing the subject to unfold its personal nature. Whether that is a landscape, a person, an object it doesn't matter, if you have vision anything can become a work of art. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 9, 2017

What is the goal of ever human being? Is to express themselves and to be understood. But in today's climate of instant gratification we have lost that need to be ourselves and to express our own view on this suffocating reality.

When do you feel separate from others?  Is it when you are connecting with a subject and this subject has your complete interest.  At these moments the facade of life doesn't matter you are alone with your unique perceptions and it is your vision, your personal perspective that is driving you to see deeper into the subject and yourself.

Separateness, that feeling of being on your own, alone in this world could cause a sense of being isolated with a melancholy.  An overwhelming feeling of betrayal, no one will ever understand you fully or care about you like you do yourself. Early understanding of your separateness gives you the ability to be part of something and yet able to analyze the situation and determine your values and your response.

Experience to proceed naturally, not through a consumer ad fest but alone through self-awareness and then letting go of your desires for more and accept life as it is, a necessary vehicle for you to rule and believe in your self, belief where by the world forms around your talents, your drive, your thinking not someone else's. Spontaneity is a gift to take advantage of.  If you don't respect yourself, you lose your inner value.  We must think and be proactive to perceive this world through original eyes.

Silence seems to demand more in this 21 century.  Lazy minds look for stimulation and don't realize that breathing is a good start.  We need excess in order to feel alive, visual movement with oppressive colors and sounds of people screaming.  We find the ugliness of life a stimulus to revel in and this ugliness focuses our attention away from self and puts others as the problem. All focusing your attention away from self to an outside force, making your behavior acceptable in this universe of many tongues (this tower of Babel) and the minutiae of details you look at continuously, which solves nothing, does nothing but sells ads.  What is your life in your constant addiction to a small screen that doesn't inform but is tool to sell you something you don't need.

We give away our personal information, we give away our images and thoughts just to be
liked by strangers. Nothing is sacred now, all is ready to be exposed at the drop of a hat.

John Berger in his book "Ways of Seeing" dissects the historical influence paintings had on our subconsciousness and how this effects are present day manipulations to get us to buy, buy and buy some more.

Freedom now is envy of the wealthy.  We are discouraged that we can not afford the commercials we see everyday on the tv, cell phones and our computer.  This is our democracy now, not real freedom but freedom of choice on what to buy. That is what our democracy has become. In order to be happy we must shop and buy.

John Berger, "Publicity to each of us is that we transform ourselves, or our lives by buying something more.  This more will in some ways make us richer, even though we will be poorer by spending our money."

With everything for sale, we become the ones for sale, we are the ones that will get the barrage of ads, products to buy even though we can't afford them.

Look at the commercial and you will see (as Berger explains) actors that seem to be transformed by buying a product, a product that changes their lives.  As a result we are envious of them and we want the same, to be transformed into something new and better than who we really. Publicity and a good face allows us to dream that we to can become one of the glamorous people.

John Berger, "Pleasure of benefits is what to be enjoyed from the things it advertises.  Publicity is effective because it feeds upon the real.  Publicity is never a celebration of a pleasure in itself.  Publicity is always about the future buyer."

We are at a critical stage in our democracy.  Why are the ads overwhelming the senses? The ads are for the ones that have money not the ones that are struggling to survive. This is the last gasp of the ad men to squeeze as much money out of us as possible before they move their ads overseas to say China, or the collapse of the economy.

How can the ordinary be ignored as we push ourselves to see more, travel and be more than who we are, yet when all is said and done when we come home from the adrenalin distractions of fear of death, we return to ourselves and still have to live with us. We return to our shallow frame without a core belief or an answer to what to do to fulfill our lives, where is our goals, who do I want to be?   These questions are never asked.

The ordinary becomes a focus of image creation just because the ordinary is not seen, it loses its value but not to a photographer that goes under the obsession with status and power to create images with purpose and with the hope to shake awake the populace to begin to see their lives for what it is unique and beautiful.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 15, 2017

Social Media is a trap, a time consumer of your life leaving you hollow looking for more little spikes of excitement. What does social media stand for? Ultimately it means objective nothingness.  A comma in your abandoned life.  I goal eater.  An obsession to be seen by strangers that have no meaning in your life exempt as a post on a computer that gives you a futile feeling of pleasure.  Social Media thrives on spectacle and entertainment.  There is little information that becomes legitimate when you blindly assume the written words/images on a screen are true.

You post others ideas as your own just to get likes from like minded strangers. Since when does likes equal original creative images and stories.  What you are basically doing is exposing yourself to a shallow depth a surface reflection of your own thoughts and moods manifested for all to see.  Where is the internal privacy we all need to percolate our creative intelligence to be original and not copy cat others dull sequences.

We all find our common denominator.  Social media doesn't inform, it calculates your inner needs and presents you with ads to match.  It homogenized your brain to think not for yourself but what others think. It repeats and repeats until the soft brain gets in line and follows the bouncing screen.

What is social media?  Social Media is a fraud of community.  It is taking community and their thoughts and broadcasting them to everyone.  What ever happened to privacy and close relationships of one on one communication.  Social media is transferring that closeness and putting it out for greedy eyes to see.  It is a scam to make billions of dollars on nonsense without real value. Your life and how you live it is the most important goal. Why would you want to keep your head down looking at a screen when the world is right in front of you in spectacular clothes.  Think for yourself don't be misled to feel you belong to social media.  All you are is a customer to send ads to.

What is the purpose of any company enterprise, of course to sell you something.  Their ads becoming more and more intrusive, more aggressive.  You give social media all the content that they need for free. Now Social Media has the ability to track each click you do on the web and sell that information to companies that will in turn send you more ads to buy, buy, buy.

What kind of life are we living when our lives have become commercialized.  Our lives are being taken from us and put on display and then we are sold products we don't need.

With everything for sale, we become products to sell.  We might as well be loaves of bread on a shelf.  And today there is a discount sale.

Once you lose your bearing it is hard to get back on track, life gives us many twists and turns but we must go with the flow knowing we are getting closer to our own goals.

How can the ordinary be ignored as we push ourselves to see, travel and be more than who we are, yet when all is said and done when we come home from the adrenalin rush we are still faced with the ultimate ending.  These social media distractions only prolong the final ending.  Why not find your source of creativity and explore it rather than distracting yourself with frivolous fears of death.

We return to our shallow frame without a core belief or an answer to what do I want to be.

Our minds have become numb to the personal life we were meant to live for a substitute life that is eroding your ability to become independent with your own ideas.  We see ads that change peoples lives but the only thing that can change your life is you.

With no need to take action or make something happen we sit on the couch or at your desk joining millions of other herded cattle to let your days get away from you with missed opportunities. All the while you are looking at a make believe reality of exposing oneself to the endless torrents of a rushing river that you travel on a daily basis.  Let go of your growing addiction to social media and create your world, generate your own will to become and not a spectator to someone else's dreams.

Reality now is blinded sight where everything we need is transmitted to our little device and we don't have to do anything with our own purpose but look and see the craziness of others.  Is this what you want?  How about creating your own purpose and use your time wisely not frivolously by starring at a screen for hours.  This screen is becoming your best friend and you are hypnotized to stare blankly at the desperation of wanting to be noticed at any cost.  Everything you need is circulated, throughout your narrow vision.  Instead of creating something yourself an expression of your inner landscape you choose through the power of social media to distort and to bring you nothing but sound bites and little trickles of sanity.

We are being trained to accept this new world of lower standards by the constant, infinite obstructions to yourself by habit forming voyeurism whereby you are not a live breathing human being but a mark, a fool having to hold your phone in your hand waiting for a sign that someone heard your plea to be noticed and like Pavlovas dog you wait and wait for that social media fix.

We are being trained like circus animals to react to each post that gives the social media company more information on your likes and dislikes so they can send you ads directed at your wants.  Our sensorimotor system organizes our lives by habit and we narrow our vision of who we are and become a commodity to be harnest by content,with a bombardment of ads.  But this new frontier brings the movie of the week and a false impression of activity, a removed reality to sequester your view from your living room and not a real experience.

Social media brings a world to you like a god with super powers.  Our silence seems to be not good enough for the powers that be.  Silence to think through your experiences, to begin to understand your predicament and to begin to solve this dilemma by exerting your strength to move outside that little device and experience the world first hand.

If you would change your effort, of the you spending hours looking into a little screen at others, and use that same will to immerse yourself in a subject that you have connected with by an honest relationship, a truth about yourself and your goals you can break the strangle hold social media has on you and its continued controlled alienation that is becoming the norm.

Now take that immersion in your subject that you have generated by making a connection of truth and now immerse yourself in humanity, instead of controlled alienation.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28, 2017

Direct expression connected to a subject that has your interest but is not oppressed by your touchy feely control, will lead you to better created images and a better understanding of your subject.

Allowing the flow of perception to give you time to be spontaneous and at the same time connected with your subject on a deeper level is a gift and no one can ask for more when making images with purpose.

When you are being yourself there will be a natural flow of your truth without bias and favoritism toward a particular subject and you will not allow a preconception of what should be photographed or left alone be your inner guide.  You will be open to all possibilities, your guide will be your intuitive bonding with your developing sense of attraction that will lead to a natural reaction that gives your perspective on your subject a uniqueness all your own.

My present is what interests me.  It summons my being to be willing to participate amongst the stone structures made by other lives.

The present is always becoming the past.  And because of this we lose our footing in the now and begin to get nostalgic about out present without living it with intensity and a will to perceive deeper into the images that are their to make.

We are attracted to our own voice, feelings and experiences we have had and these become a life we live.  This knowledge excludes others. They are not part of our instinctive knowledge of our role in the universe.  This creates a separateness not a unification. This is not a bad thing if you respect others but seek your role in creating great imagery.

No matter how hard Social Media makes it sound like your are participating with others of like mind, your not.  Social media delivers us in the past.  Each post is past memory of someone or something.  It only exists because someone needed to feel welcome in their own skin and to remember the old days when life was acceptable.    

You must always be looking toward your future, your goals and your life.  This doesn't mean you lose touch with your past but use your past as a means to forge ahead with your creations and not be influenced by likes or dislikes.  What do you want to accomplish.

Social Media is a loud obnoxious noise, not calmness, but an extreme distraction away from self realization. Instead social media is an outward vacuum of wants, by separating ourselves from each other. We become obsessed with ego with glamour, fame and greed.

Social Media's selfish intent toward others, hoping to see a folly of cascading stupidity.  We become jealous of our own inability to break free from the controlling necessity to post on a handheld device our inner being.  Social media is not your friend but a barrier to becoming yourself.

Lessened information without knowledge, just words written without depth, we glide along surface details that have no real value to help you begin your life away from the constant chatter and visual dumming down of our perceptions and our thoughts.  We fail to think unless we react to a post we like or dislike.  Where is the originality of your personality.  Where are your special insights into image creation.  Believe me it has nothing to do with social media's copycat daily show.

The screen never is static, still, it is a constant bombardment of images colors and words that you are already tired of as you roam through endless apparitions of success and failure, decease, sacrifice, fears and mayhem.

You are witness to the tower being built under the babbling infinite dark space of our divided lives.

We are a speck in the eye of a performance, concentration reduced with quick views of banal propaganda and make believe importance.

Unless you are involved already with a willful purpose when you climb aboard the Social Media train of boring repetitions, you will view and mark like or dislike on posts as if you are giving the final say for everyone to agree or disagree.

And then you move on to the next post usually a photo that is easy to read and ignore or stimulates some kind of feeling good or bad in a past memory you never experienced first hand but wanted to.

Everything posted is interchangeable except your unwillingness to change views that could free you from being undermined by times constant duration.

Each thing you see, you like and absorb it into your fracturing mind.

Social media is an abstraction from living a life in your own skin, in your self with your own purpose and rightful deliverance from the controlling expectations we must break, the bonding you have with  social media is overwhelming your senses and deleting your ability to think for yourself.

Corporate media's message is to control the thought process, both political and social. The political we can protest but changing the social addiction we seem to have with social media's feeding our brains with nonsense, could be to late.

They have the control and have moved us further down the path of thoughtless beings, that assume pleasure only when viewing a hand held device.

Our years as independent minded human beings is eroding quickly as wave upon wave of useless information feeds our brains and erodes our own thought process to be independent.  We must fight against complacency and struggle to get out of the grip of social media.  We have our own thoughts and experiences and we must use that as a means to create work that is important to us.

You don't need someone else to like your work as long as you gave it your best shot and didn't copycat someone else's work but your own original feeling that led you to create an image worthy of your deeper self.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

For all the men and women who gave their lives to protect America we honor them on Memorial Day.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

Ray Grigg in his book The Tao of Zen, "A clarity of insight occurs when perception is unconstrained and unregulated by the controlling character of culture.  Suchness is awareness without sanctions, without restraint, without interpretation or organization.  It is pure awareness, pure experience dancing lightly in the whole freedom of absolute emptiness."

Social Media creates distrust, confusion, obstructs any spontaneity with its power of absorption.
Social Media lowers your belief in your ability to create and confuses the senses with repetitive dribble.

It creates a barrier between you and your subjects by limiting your horizon to a set amount of other people to follow.  Why follow anyone?  Create your own images and discuss their relevance in today's commercialized for market theater of the greedy eyes of look at me!

Social media moves you away from not toward your subject, your purpose.  As you look at social media sites your time becomes flashes of banal subjects usually making fools of themselves.  This creates a disillusment toward the human race.  Gives us the necessary ego power to think we are better than them.

Your time wasted without moving forward toward your goals.  Your life is now tangled with an excess of distant friends and tweets that don't really constitute a relationship because you are not there in person talking but using an intermediary that conquers your voice with sound byte formula's of less speech.

Ultimately you end up taking the shortcut to your goal which leads to a rushing forward from the scene and measuring success by the number of images taken. The new mantra in today's got to know now revelations is run and gun image taking without the personal unique touch each of us brings to the scene.

The most common subjects are the hardest to see and respect.  We have been conditioned to see beauty through the eye of conformity.

The hardest to understand and to create purposeful images are those you begin to feel on a deeper level, those images you have to make, because they absorb your thoughts with openness and clarity that you must explore in your own new direction.

We see the common, the over populated image uploads of the same subjects under the same lights copy cat examples of lazy thinking.

Our memories of past moments flow into our conscious moments of actuality pushing out the desire to explore the ordinary objects that are waiting for you to actually take the time and see them.  To move on to something more deeper to reveal in this ordinary moment.

Our inner selves must absorb and open up to the outer natural world in order to project your inner vision.

Your personal history is your vision when creating worthwhile images.

When you connect with your past you can let go of the clutter of foggy words and move beyond the static voices that hinder your exploration of a new path.

You must connect with new currents from a foundation of where you have been and move with excitement, fear, anger toward new visions of image freedom.

Take this freedom of accepting the world as it is and express yourself through you new voice in your own words and images.

Strength of will pushes you forward toward your truth.  It moves you to get up early on those cold mornings and pack your camera gear and drive miles to seek your destination.

Social Media is quick and shallow. It seems now that surface reflections determine depth of character.  Just by reposting a comment you get more likes and seem to be the golden eye of envy from others.

The only deception is loss of yourself in social media.  The only way to survive is seeing your own self worth and your own character and your own willful purpose and by exploring these you will create images that mean foremost something to you.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017

Waiting a condition of purposeless resolutions to not participate but allow life to move further away from your inner will.  

You can’t control the world through your actions alone.  But you can move with the flow and open yourself up to the visions of your youth when all was new and exciting and you immersed yourself in your chosen subjects with an intense detachment of a novice.  Enjoying the moments of touch and sight as the newness of nature was revealed to your growing knowledge.

As we jump forward in our lives disconnecting with our inner purpose we begin to lose our empathy for others.  We had to give up our dreams so others must give up theirs as well, to fit into nice little cubicles of anxiety and doubt. As tensions mount past the point of opposition we instinctively revert to our base animal instincts of survival and accept our lives fated to us through our own inability to seek detachment from someone else's will.

Now we have a so called knowledge of experience.  A training system of do's and dont's.  A learning of a history that is all facade with no inner core.  An America that creates a system of beliefs, a religion and demands the sinners to accept the written word.  These words condition us to explore in a narrow way our vision of the world we inhabit.  These words define our likes and dislikes.  These words are created to control the substance and direction of your life. As we age the future paths we began narrow and end in dead end streets because of our addiction to word structures.  We assimilate our family,  school and friends behaviors and in this acceptance we begin to limit our dreams as we face that overwhelming structure of our societies needs.  The ones in power will not allow a new direction with purpose unless they can capitalize on it and milk it for profits.

Words can define our vision of our future goals.  Acceptance of someone else's thoughts as your goals doesn’t make since. Diverting your inner creations, bending them to fit a mold of conformity negates your efforts to create your own unique vision.

Where are your own insights that can propel you past your conforming fears?  Where are your intense insights that immerse you in your subjects world and gives you the strength to resist your conforming fears and create your own vision.

When was the last time you surprised yourself with a true unselfish voice that was yours alone.  And not a repeated tweet or a reblog of someone else's words or images.

Without a will to express your life through art you confine your inner being to a limited expression of existence and makes your future naive to think that by not following your inner landscape you will somehow miraculously succeed in creating your own perspective.

It takes years of work, trial and error to let go of the stereotypes and flow with the natural flow of life's gifts.

Taking images now is a status symbol. Not a willful pursuit of a connection with an outer interest.  A connection with your subject is the goal of all good image creation.

It takes time, intense immersion into your scene to create a dialogue not a monologue with yourself and your subject.

Status imagery adds a shallow surface glitter to the photograph which doesn't reveal something new about the subject but gives the viewer a sense of your ego bragging about a space and time you were in. A quick click and it failed to connect to the surrounding details that were calling but instead you refused to let go of your ego glamour and just express a deep connection you felt. Lethargic and easy compositions copied from infinite horizons of other snap shooters trained by the mind of easy answers.

These images lose their authentic character in as much as they are not for you a necessary expression of your inner emotional drive. These are snap shots you grew into through social media that express only a surface pose not a deeper understanding of you place and time.

Details of nervous lives looking for attention and escape any way possible. Then one always posts the food tray as if to say look at my full plate of unnecessary details that don’t tell you anything about my real inner life. But it does express a substitute life lead by its nose to repeat the ugly truth of our growing homogenized egos of greed.  More this, more that has  become a necessary foundation for an overburdening force of image exclusions. What is reality but a means to reflect on who you are through creating meaningful art that includes not excludes people of all colors.

What is necessary is purpose of letting people really see you not as a glamour junkie but as another human being.

When you create images from your inner core you are giving others a sense of who you are not a product exposing infant choices of boredom.  But a person willing to express himself in such a way that expresses his life’s compass.

My inner being is not a cup of coffee sitting by a window in some tropical palace over looking a blue ocean with the sun setting with street lights and moving cars and people roaming looking at themselves through others eyes.

Life is intriguing and meant to frustrate,demand,unravel and inspire you to do more than just look and take.