Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017

Susan Sontag, "We acquire memories as we acquire things. Picture taking demands no skill or expert knowledge, that the machine is all knowing and responds to the slightest pressure of the will.  It is as simple as turning the ignition key or pulling the trigger."

That is a little over the top in describing all image creators.  Yes, with snap shots the above statement is certainly accurate.

I agree that images are things we value.  The snap shots allow us to remember without thinking through our experience.

When asked what have you done with your life, will you hand over an album filled with images and show the person asking the question a series of abstractions that resemble your experience but it wasn't your live experience but a substitute.  What you ended up doing is replacing the authentic personal experience for a cheap copy of your experience.

This constant taking images of something instead of responding to the subject on a personal level will be the downfall of human relations.

Minor White, " Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence."

To approach a subject in a loud obnoxious voice is to become a bad actor in your own play.  You are focusing not on the subject but on yourself, your voice and appearance.  The real images are made by tuning into the stillness of nature.  Every exterior presence needs to be seen as is, not as you demand it to be. Direct your attention inward and mark your first awareness of duration an feel time slip by in its shallow presence.

Without understanding times illusions our ability to see in the present is hindered. Your inability to control automatic judgment and false knowledge of exterior motives, when you no nothing of the created external world you were born into is the legacy of a consumer driven culture.  

Will it be ego that gets you closer to the subject you have an interest in? Or will you build a relationship with the subject that will be confirmed by the subject allowing you access to the inner meaning of its existence.  The foundation of great photographs is trust in each other, subject and photographer.

To open your inner landscape you must allow yourself to calm down from the barrage of daily information that is a distraction rather than a knowledgeable critique.

We assume information from media is truthful but there is no truth in giving the viewer a police blotter of human suffering with a smiling face and in their next breath asking the weatherman about the coming forecast for the weekend, will it be sunny and warm or rainy.  This is insanity.

If everything is bad  then is life worth living.  The wealth of the world instills in us at an early age to bow to money and live a separate life than what we were meant to live.

What we see is what we must control that is the mantra of wealth and greed.

The external world is a facade.  You can mold it to express your inner voice or allow it to control your attitudes, perceptions,  knowledge,  and vision of your limited future.  Change is scary but necessary to connect with your image creating duration.  Without obsessing on time one frees oneself from the shackles of of mental brainwashing.

Time is an illusion and makes us rush by the important details of our subject that we didn't recognize.

Words are at play when we listen and view the ads on every device we own.  Isn't it amazing that the created reality we now live in has the ability to send us ads we never would of seen in our calmer past. Why is that?  The money men create things to instill in us an unnatural desire to shop.  This obsession is the function of control they have over us.  All things in medicine, business, food, clothing, products etc.. are just a theater of greed that we will have to buy with our sweat and blood with no possibility of calm respect and sharing.

We are never going to get around the constant noise of materialism without a struggle to free oneself from the tyranny of more and more things.

How about more visual connection to your inner path everyone must take.  Without a purpose of freedom of mind we are slaves to commercial media.

Intuition is a key ingredient in creating visual art of your inner consciousness.  When we go beyond our auto response to stimulus we can really look at the subject of interest in a new light, in a new relationship. This new relationship is empathetic to the subject and confirms a growing relationship you are building toward, a mutual respect based on trust.

Teru Kuwayama, " Connection and compassion are the basis of good work."

The key is to relax your mind away from the created hectic pace of worker ants.  Loosen your anger toward yourself and others. Your knotted wounds will only get in the way of successful image creation.  Take a step back and review your history and then let go with clinched teeth by trusting in your abilities to find your own path and subjects of profound interest.  The simplest subject could be the one image your most proud of.  But if you don't move forward away from the heartless media you will be consumed with negativity and your photographic work will suffer for it.

Our landscape we live in now is acres of promoted violence without any immediate path out of the maze of disturbing images that only get our adrenaline going higher and makes us return to stereotypes that create a cage of blindness toward others.

We all need a jolt of radical intelligence and imagination to power our growing insight into the nature of things we once distrusted. Do not settle for an inferior you.  Break free from shallow images and words.  Follow your intuitions and put your faith in an opening up of your heart and mind to a fresh and wonderful new look at stale subjects.

Minor White, "No matter what role we are in- photographer, beholder, critic- inducing silence for seeing in ourselves, we are given to see from a sacred place. From that place the sacredness of everything may be seen."
























Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017

When do you feel at your best?  When do you wish photography wasn't an obsession?  When you create images are you mad to be present?  Do you wish you were somewhere else?

I feel at my best when creating images when everything seems to jell, my exposures are true to the subject, I am only thinking of my interaction with the subject and I am at peace knowing I am where I should be.

Connecting with your subject is the key to success.  You must have an open mind and an intuition of what makes you happy and what do you like to create images of.  I am a generalist and I am drawn to an infinite assortments of subjects.  Sometimes when something catches my eye I will pause and decide if I want to make an image of the scene.  I believe you must try even if you are a little bored.  Once your in making photographs mode I usually find my interest warming up and I begin to really study perspective, focus and composition.

Allowing yourself to be present and making a connection with your subject is all you can ask of yourself and nature. A purpose created in your mind concerning the subject begins the hunt for the image that is waiting to be found.

Life is about connecting on a personal level with your subject.  Not haphazard blitz of a subject expecting to create an image interesting to other people by numbers instead of a two way street of intense seeing.

Intuition is the foundation for great photography.

Victor Hugo, "Form is the bee brought to the surface."

Connection to your family, friends, your work mates gives you a feeling of invincibility.  With their support you can accomplish anything.

But we are becoming disconnected from each other.  No longer a friend in front of us but an image of him on a handheld device.  This removes you from personal relationships.  Everybody knows, what everybody knows.  But this is a show now to be heard.  A game we play to become liked.  It is not real.

Photography gives you the means to get more personal.  By camera use you connect more with people and nature.

It is not a quick snap shot from your cell phone.  That is once again a surface relationship, without understanding your subject.  You must be intuitive to find the core purpose of your subject.  We live in durations of time.  This duration can be used to create images you are proud of or quick snaps of a subject that moves on in your mind without contact. Having to many durations confuses the sense and we retreat into a standard emotional response and we lose the beauty of being present.

In disconnection we move in waves of consciousness without being aware of our place in this world.  We form judgments so we don't have to think.  When we see an interesting subject we blitz it with motor drive noise and then lose contact with a beginning relationship.  We move on and take another dinner meal and post it online.

Formal judging before knowledge is an indication we are not interested in making photographs but instead, we shoot to create memories of our past moments so we can discuss them with everybody.

Judging your subject loosens the tethered presence to a outer interpretation of your subject and this notifies the subject that you are only interested in a quick mark and then blow this joint.

But if you examine your abilities and your perspective on your close reality you will find yourself driving at speeds necessary for success.  Sometimes your have to act quickly as opportunities present themselves other times it is the slow knowing of a composition that expresses your deepest concerns.

But what usually happens is a break in your framework your concentration flutters as your ego leaves it's perch and moves onto more shallow affairs.  And you find yourself doubting your skills and abilities.

waters edge
the light building
alone, the waves
ripple across
dark sands
illuminating them
with sparkling eyes,
seeing for the first
time a perspective
that is yours and
no one else's

Henri Cartier-Bresson, "For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which--in visual terms-- questions and decides simultaneously.  In order to "give a meaning" to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what he frames through the viewfinder.  This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and s sense of geometry. It is by great economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression. One must always take photos with the greatest respect of the subject and oneself."












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 media is 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.






Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 27, 2017

Kierkegaard (1854), "With the daguerreotype everyone will be able to have their portrait taken- formerly it was only the prominent; and at the same time everything is being done to make us all look exactly the same-so that we shall only need one portrait."

The name of the game is deflect don't reflect.

There is a subconscious awareness of our shallow lives, our obsessions to be distracted from the daily grind we all share in.

If we were to actually look objectively at ourselves we would be appalled at how we have managed to give away our rights to a few as the many suffer under an allegiance to corporate greed that is infinite.

Images firmly plant in us past moments that have led to this moment of truth.  Images fragment our ability to reason through our desires and wants.  They summarize a whole when we are actually many voices and thoughts.  Images condition us to accept rather than change.

States that control use images to support their function. What is there function in a democracy? To use symbols of the good life, this good flag as a means of exploiting ones recognition of past moments of truth.  But these truths have been altered into controlling thoughts which demand us to accept these wonderful images of past moments as the real truth of future moments.  The difference being the past is our albatross and the future is our prison if we don't break free from the planned stereotypes of nationalism now pervasive in our eroding freedoms on conscious individuality.

Concrete awareness of where we have been is an internal dialogue that you have with yourself not an image post on social media showing only a facade of character not your truth.

Images remembered are recurrent patterns of behavior that we become.  A motor skill learnd for your survival.  Images create memories that don't belong to you once you have opened yourself to the wide world of your future path.  These images are surface reflections of your needy ego wanting to be accepted.

We structure our memories from images of daily necessity.  These images surround us and we react accordingly.  We can easily hide behind these image facades of shallow unfocused rightfulness.

We hope we are seen as a picture with instantaneous appeal, with many likes.  Not ourselves in relationships to another human being but on a screen that doesn't connect you with a face to face interaction but with an anonymous personality and it creates a distance between people unaware of the limits we now place on ourselves in interaction with other human beings.

Fearfully we wait for moments to express ourselves in meek ways behind letters strung together to impose on a cyber creation your hope of being noticed and accepted.

We seem to see our lives as unnecessary when it comes to immersing ourselves in the values of nature, the immediacy of physical sensations while interacting with a live person.

We are cementing ourselves in lives of unnecessary delusions that distract us with unnecessary technology that has the illusion of experience but it is ethereal motions of past replication of experience set up to stroke egos and entertain the shallow needs and postpone what needs to be acted on right in front of you.

Corporate media makes it sound like you have the freedom of choice.  It is only the choices they give you.

The independent voice is an old myth, your freedom comes by being limited in what you believe and what you trust and what you eventually post.

An independent voice is not one constrained by habit and narrowing cliches that are reflected back to us from social media's purpose of overwhelming the senses where by most of the information you receive is useless in living a productive life.

Social media is redundancy.  It sets up the conditions for your ability to perform.  It sets up intent through word structures.

You are given access by the powers that be, allowed to enter their world and in this wanting we are forced to play by someone elses rules and our life behavior is controlled by the need to be seen.

We are becoming self advertisements for the social corporate media, giving our inner thoughts a blessing from on high that leads to more exposures of your inner being.  A taking away not an adding to.

We must escape the abundance of physical pressure to move beyond our bodies limits. A new religion is being born, the religion of me, myself and I. The new trinity of greed.

We now advertise god as a product to be sold and used as an income source from people that want desperately to believe in something outside our limited universe.

Social media refines the authority of the masses into segments, fragments of ideas that don't give an explanation as to why we should be here on this planet but an excuse for billions of ideas to surface on a social media site with no relevance to our existing natures only a post to get collateral ads to sell products for the minds want of acceptance.

We put our heart out there to be exposed for someone else's gratification. Our acceptance begins to snow ball as we become more excessive in posting our thoughts or someone else's thoughts and we know our limited influence is nothing but a con game to get likes.

When it is our home life that is really everything. We are caught up in the exposing of our inner world to greedy ad men that can direct selective ads for our healing even if we are unaware of those created demands and don't need them. We are losing the cohesion of family life.  The need for privacy and contemplation rather than the exploding minutiae of useless details being regurgitated billions of time each day.

Our personal lives are being destroyed and replaced by a collective mind that hides under infinite details of distractions and imposes its will slowly and surely through the generations until the final homogenized populace is here to stay.

This acceptance of miner words to express your inner moments is unacceptable if you want to live your life as you perceive it.  Don't doubt yourself but become your inner vision or your uniqueness will be lost forever never to be repeated.

Your inner landscape is the most important projection you will ever accomplish in your limited time on earth.  Your manifestation of your inner purpose is the rooted self willing to express himself in words and images that have nothing to do with imitation and reposting but unique perspectives on a terrain of landscapes only you will see.







Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

Henri Bergson from his book: Matter and Memory, "But every perception is prolonged into a nascent action; and while the images are taking place and order in this memory, the movements which continue them modify the organism, and create in the body new dispositions towards action.  Thus is gradually formed an experience of an entirely different order, which accumulates within the body, a series of mechanisms would up and ready, with reactions to external stimuli ever more numerous and more varied, and answers ready prepared to an ever growing number of possible solicitations.  We become conscious of these mechanisms as they come into play; and this consciousness of a whole past of efforts stored up in the present is indeed also a memory, but a memory profoundly different from the first, always bent upon action, seated in the present and looking to the future."

When we get in a rut of accumulated efforts toward our subject we will be in a quandary of repeating our past efforts.  Our possibilities are limited as our bodies move in past formulation of composition and exposures.

Our instincts are strong to avoid fear, doubt and anxiety.  These are the new living experiences we are forced to face every day of our lives.

It is a matter of creating new movements that nullify our auto responses to outside stimulus.

Take more chances with your exposure, composition and your unique perspective.  It is hard in today's jump on any bandwagon image popularity contest not to imitate the image of others.

Put value in looking though your own eyes, your own unique perspective, creating an image you saw not someone else's vision. Technical abilities is the starting point, not the end of seeing your true subject through open eyes.  It takes  time to stimulate an interaction with a new subject, by being still and aware at the same time. This leads to great imagery.

It is time now to break free from the controlling actions that dominate your life.  Your unique vision has been dominated by copycat movements of others efforts.  Relax in your own body.  Enjoy your burgeoning awareness.  Control your instinctive desire to conform.

We need focus and discipline to counteract the growing obsolete structures of human existence.  The herd instincts are strong in us, our survival is on the line.  But as you can see, we now live in a hierarchy of control through propaganda and misinformation.  Alternative truths don't enhance mankind's future it undermines our faith in the truth of outside forces.

We will not demean ourselves by becoming puppets under the threads of false relationships that try and control our relation with our inner vision. We will put ourselves in the most advantageous position to understand our predicament and to unravel some of our old memories of past actions as obsolete and confining with no hope of surviving the coming cattle branding.  We will look for unclaimed words of acceptance and movement towards a freedom of choice, not a choice handed down from generation to generation made up to control our very natures.

We will not be lulled into a desperation to pause our durations of analysis of our actions and the images that we see and forget to create our own duration on subjects that have the potential to be created with a freedom and awareness of times illusive impressions.

We will not assume that positive thoughts mean anything but forgetfulness.  That negative thoughts are the ones that we must examine and control.  And use for our advantage to change.

We have limited our ability to grasp infinite space and infinite choices as an overwhelming diabolical invention of an unknown god.  We must embrace choice and not rely on the history of control from action passed down from the elite to the majority population, limiting our ability to see a newness in the world worth fighting for.  The old stale facade must come down and a new universal openness for actions must be created as all our older thoughts can be slanted to a corporate message of forgetfulness.

We need a new vocabulary that won't reduce outlives to be servants of the controlling mindset.  These minds are afraid of change because they know they will lose their footing and be replaced with a more universal acceptance of many viewpoints with no fabrication of limits.

The herd heading toward the cliff afraid of their own individual thoughts.  Afraid to break free from the repetitious lies of the controlling media.  Listen harder to the words of these evangelicals who are dissatisfied with their own thoughts and hate the thoughts of those that aren't suffering so they look to persecute and destroy the heaven we are on.  They want the world according to their own perverse hatred of anything different than their shallow branding. Like gods in our mythology they want to extract from our rich soil the necessary profits that can sustain their opulent lifestyles. Listen to your minds repulsion toward this form of mind control. You have been conditioned since birth to conform to the status quo, don't stand out from the crowd. Listen to you elders they know the truth.

Media defines our truths. The mindless awareness of greed. Distracting us with fluff to calm our inquisitive natures and lessen our ability to find our own individual truth.

Social media is not your friend.  It exploits your need to be seen and heard for profit.  It inflates your status, your popularity. These are not what you stand for but only byproducts of a growing chasm between the controlling minds and the sheep getting fat before the slaughter.

Social media diminishes your communication skills, it lessens your ability to think independently
and enhances your need to be accepted not as you are but as you project yourself on a screen, as an alter ego, a pen name without roots of experience.

We seem to believe that hoping for something and waiting for it to manifest itself is the natural flow of existence.  That, if we have positive thoughts and just wait, then all good things will appear magically.

Without purpose and effort nothing happens.

When we are negative we build up an auto response to the outside forces that seem to be attacking us.  These negative response perceptions condition us to react to our outer environment as a dog responds to a forceful master. This is a bait and switch taking place under the guise of necessary extraction of the earths minerals for profit.  By demeaning this world and its beauty they instill in the populace a hatred for the unclean extremities of our influence.  We are told we are above nature and nature is their for our giants of industry to exploit.  But these are not giants of god like characteristics but simple minded egos that believe they are the chosen few that have a right to destroy the world in their likeness.

To counter act the mesmerizing onslaught of violence on corporate media we must steel ourselves to use our talents and our intuitions and create images with purpose and honesty.  We must immerse ourselves in our subjects and create a vision for the future generations.








Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 5, 2017

Nature stands unmoved changing only when words change in their descriptions of her. Nature surrounds me but yet it has this illusive beauty that frightens me.  Nature intimidates me, becoming deceptions, inventions of sightless fear. Makes me feel inferior and because of this I begin to hate nature and want to destroy its very beauty that is beyond my understanding.

We feel only our limitations of human nature. We listen to a voice as an authority on our seeking answers.  We become dependent on someone else's knowledge and our inner intuition is voided. Memory entraps us, keeps us from seeing things anew.

Illusions of words is the main contributor to this inability to relax and let go and just be in your surroundings, flowing with your moments living in the now of your infinite choices.

We want stability and chaos is always present and we assume if we accept our structured thoughts built on words of stagnation we will be safe.

Words become their own truths, meant to control your conformity to status quo, and make them pillars of ancient gods without movement or truth. Your personal insights become limited and finally you abandon them to the controlling will of conformity.

Making life a dull word controlling your movements without thoughtful expression.

Nature becomes an enemy to fear instead of embrace and explore and make images of.  Words become deceptions and invention of the mind to control sight and in doing so pacify the need for stability against the increasing anxiety of life's dwindling opportunities.

Words create confusion, taking away the possibilities of a growing hunger for new possibilities.

Words of fear put up a barrier between your inner core and the outside forces we try and control through word manipulations.

We would rather destroy the very thing that will expand our senses and liven our minds to new truths.
And that is fearless acceptance of your very existence.  Your existential experience of your truth, your unique perspective.  In order to create photographs with meaning you must have confidence in expressing your thoughts through image creation.

Awareness gives us that connection.  Our heads aren't down looking at our feet repeating the standard path of conformity. Confidence in your intuitions creates a time flow that you ride as you journey to your  own destinations.

It feels effortless that connection you are making because you are present and aware not thinking through words before you act.  You are just in the now and enjoying the possibilities.

A feeling of a worthwhile effort to create an image you wanted to manifest not someone else ideas of what is good or bad.

Finding the compassion toward your subject allows you to free yourself from times cruel illusions of deadlines and places you need to be.  These stepping stones that limit your ability to focus not on your ideas but on a structure of capitalism which needs you to continually move in a fast paced deception of living. Where nothing is as it should be, not the right home, not the right clothes, not the right wife or husband.  You must according to the laws of ad manipulation never be satisfied, never be happy until you purchase this object not needed but wanted desperately.

Naming something is a regression from, not an acceptance of your present subject.

This lessens your experience to a made up approximation of a memory you saw in a photo book and not the real live view of the now moments that are passing by as you rummage through your memory senses to copy what you saw in the book instead of living in the present and finding your own image path to creating your own style.

Don't allow your repetitious demands of life interfere with your growing need to spend time exploring your new sensibilities.

Focus on your present moments and not on what has not happened and doesn't exist.

These hands are not mine, they are someone else's. Opening up to the infinite details is like becoming an infant again, where choices can be overwhelming.  But that is the fun of it.  Out of all this bombardment of information we weed through it with confidence that our unique vision will see the detail that begins the necessary examination of your shadowy image coming into focus and you begin to have a dialogue with your inner vision.

Don't allow indirect, sideways awareness to supplant and distance you from your immediate awareness.

If you allow your mind to ask to many questions you are creating a middle man that is interfering with your inner direct contact with your subject. This inhibits your life experience by baiting and switching out insights into inventions of distractions, like social media pop up ads, that are distracting you from living an intense aware life.

Don't distanced yourself from your immediate awareness by word transfer.  That is to shift the experience of your moments directly to the words themselves that describe your experience not the experience itself.  We have been duped to think that by taking snap shots and then describing the pics is actually living them. It is not. You have removed the experience to a past and have interfered with the full potential of these precious moments that are evaporating from your grasp.

To experience life, live not through an intermediary device that takes on human characteristics and is not there to allow you to have the freedom of choosing your experience but to put a ball and chain around your moments and funnel them into a system of distractions, through a clever media, that undermines your will and you succumb to the herd and we abandon our own experiences for a mechanical screen as if this is our new god.



Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 4, 2017

The younger generation is losing the ability to become their individual selves.  Technology is determining their feelings and their actions.  Their lives now are based on consumerism not just junk products but junk ideas, feelings and goals.  They are force fed the newest and the greatest not because they have earned or learned anything but because they are susceptible to the new wave of free info and manipulation of the brain toward a homogenized life of copy cats.

We no longer have any deep intellectual discussions of our reality we are creating.  We are stone deaf to the manipulations of our space and time. Our school systems have been corrupted in the structured policy that our kids don't need to learn on their own the answers to their inquisitive minds but now are hand fed the answers to memorize for tests that will determine the financial stability of their schools.

The young students are losing their mental discipline to find their own answers to hard questions and to pursue the subject from all sides.  We now have social media to answer all questions, so the young students don't need mental toughness to get at even what questions need to be asked. Lazy minded they instead are addicted to their own surface reflections on a hand held device that doesn't prepare them for what life is all about, their pursuit now is to make a life seen through a screen that is an allusion of communication and a detachment from life not an involvement in life.

What it comes down to is the process of gaining an intellect is ignored.  The conclusion is what matters.  How you got there is not important, the answer is what is real no matter what the benign shallow vision of accepted.

We are becoming lazy minds that stir the soil on its surface expecting to grow new ideas and new purposes.  But in reality the order has been structured for centuries.  We are herded and exploited because we are not listening to a better way to be.  If all we do is exist to up load snap shots of our lives then we are fragmenting our memory, our time line with family and friends.  This clutter of info and surface opinions is dumbing us down to be easily misled by the social media propaganda machine.

The mind stores memories and it takes will and purpose to edit out the fluff and to begin to remember who you are and what you want to be.

Without a known history we are lost in the manipulation of future paths that don't lead to our salvation but profit for the hungry and greedy minds of the con-men.

Are you always responding to an outside stimulus and not an internal purpose of self hood?  Technology is moving us away from a successful career as to what we want to be but instead limiting our choices by selecting only those jobs that serve the technology wealth and not the individual.

By putting a mechanical device between the you and your peers you feel embolden to attack rather than discuss and when the person attacked breaks where is the accountability for the attacker.  Cyber bullying is the norm for those weakened personalities of tech hood.

Social media gives us no deep seated friendships, we see only the superficial and this emboldens us to prove our superiority and express the current media propaganda.  Like recorders we regurgitate our thoughts that are handed to our angry egos and become the exploited many that don't understand the undercurrents of manipulation on your shallow reflections.  An ego being used by a few to make it look like the many have the same voice.

We are all unique in that we have our own paths to follow, not a path already old with false words of hatred and greed.

The new approval for our kids is not necessarily their peers anymore.  It is the social media.  Social media can distract and give them temporary relief from the pressure pushing down on them but it doesn't solve the problem but deflects it with a bunch of likes and ignores the real issue that problems are solved by you facing them and finding out what the real issues are.

We look at the new future through abstract eyes.  Seeing is the new believing without having to make an effort through hard work to have success.







Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017


When we are complacent in our attitude toward our subjects, when our excitement in discovering a new image goes stale, take a break and relax and just let your mind immerse itself in the environment you are in. Is the image amount taken the only measure of success.  No!

It is hard to find a meaningful subject in today's hectic pace of life's rushing currents.  We are losing an ability to reflect on our existence because our time is focused on making a living, by having to work long hours just to survive.  This translates into exhaustion and an excuse not to find your balance and begin creating images from your inner landscape.  It doesn't have to be image creation, it could drawing, writing, sports etc.. anything that propels you back into your own skin and gives your mind an excuse to function from your inner purpose.

We are all becoming "avant-garde" artists.  To create art one must be alienated from society.  Then one sees the barriers present and through will of intuition one expresses the insights to stir the minds of others.  All artists push us to think beyond our growing shallow existence.

But with social media the new art is easily assimilated into the mainstream, nullifying its opposition to the structured conformity. We are becoming through the influence of social media's perverse leveling of anything that expands our individual perceptions.  How do they do this? By copying the original and making it redundant and boring.  Social media's power lies in its ability to absorb unique visions and dumb them down to the herd.  Nothing can veer the stringent path of behavior imposed by social media and corporate media's pervasive interference with our lives.  We give freely to the almighty snap shot of our limited existence. The only thing these mechanical devices demand is information so the ads can be targeted at you for consumerism.

The individual observations given through social media and corporate media is heresy and will be damned immediately.  The role of media today is to maintain the status quo and not allow new insights to erode the dumbing down of our cultural facade.

We are devolving into silly eyes with no depth, just eye candy snapshots without moral intuitions, taking what we see in a split second of greedy eyes.

If you are only focused on internal conflict, pressures of your existence, then your image creation will suffer. It seems now all we want to be is distracted from living for own unique life.

Stress, doubt, fear, anxiety are all intermingled in the purposeful distraction of the middle class.  If we live in fear then we will miss our true appointments with ourselves.

Not seeing what is their because the media is filtering your direct contact, putting up blockades to contest your striving for manifesting your image relationship with your subject.  This conditioning is social and corporate media way of shaming us to think we are better than the rest.  Keep us all in the corral of disillusionment and to foster hatred toward any one or thing that interferes with the goal of advertising, to keep us all in debtors prison, living in constant stress.  This kind of life does not lead to creative images.  It leads to what we all see on social media, the tower of redundant useless information and pictures that only seek the status quo.

This age of relativism, this ability to loose your footing, focus and turn on a dime to something new is a direct result of a social media driven economy.  Never able to focus but jump from one thing to the next without getting a deeper understanding of why we have these homogenized answers that seem to sooth the loss of mental clarity in our lives.

Simply, this is the manipulation of the media corporations to keep us complacent and distracted while the true purpose of the bombardment of entertainment is to make us think we are getting information but really all we are getting is fluff to placate our growing disconnect from others and ourselves.

We are losing our will to mentally be alive with questions we now can never ask,
instead we enter into a relationship with a screen, the size of a note pad, that controls the senses for its own gains, consumption of propaganda and material things.

Their ability to confine our vision with a never ending display of violence to others and ourselves shakes the very foundation of human character.  Are we just animals to be let lose on each other or are we civilized human beings with a voice and an objection to the growing disconnect between people, countries and ourselves.

The tease of celebrity, the use of the commons, our air waves by social media to entice one to participate in a facade of purpose.  It appears you are making a concerted effort to reach out to another but in reality you are reaching out to your own reflection, your own inner fears and acceptance of your dilemma is the big lie of a post democratic society.

Walk out your front door to explore, lose yourself by attentive immersion into your conscious duration which will enhance your life as you go deeper into your perspective and time stops for those precious moments of complete awareness and insights into your very being with your subject. This will lead to your ability to manifest your individual image creation without interference of the constant chatter to be like others.