A Walk in the Park
The 4th of July in an almost-small-town in America and this celebration was directly across the street from my home in one of the town’s small and pristine parks. It is an annual celebration complete with choral singers, the local symphony’s rendition of the 1812 Overture, and a canon. It is an afternoon event and hundreds of people - perhaps a thousand or more - come to see.
So as I gazed out over the crowds of people who had gathered it struck me as the 21st century version of Seurat’s Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte. I grabbed my camera and took – A Walk in the Park. I wanted the resulting images to reflect a pointillist frame of reference. Digital photography modified with subtlety and without hesitation I give you, A Walk in the Park.
Urban legend has it that in the early days of computer programming, those in charge decided to develop software for language translations. One of the first attempts was to use an American idiom and try the program to translate from English into Chinese and then back into English to test their skill. The idiom chosen was “out of site, out of mind”.
Out of sight, out of mind. The computer did its computing in both directions, and what emerged as the English equivalent from the Chinese translation was “invisible imbecile”.
It couldn’t have worked better.
Excerpt from Ruby Slippers
I knew there was an abandoned house on the way to the National Park but I had no idea it was much more than that.
It wasn’t as I remembered it from 20 years ago. There were several buildings in addition to the main house and the fence had an opening with no signs asking (?) one to not enter. Each building had its own story but none of them were willing to tell.
Eventually, I circled around to the main building and entered through the open back door. For reasons that were not rational, I called out, “hello !? may I come in ? It wasn't a question as much as it was a cautious declaration.” I worked quickly being alone and having an uneasy feeling about the energy in the house. In the kitchen there was a chair upended on its side. The bedroom with a box of books, a dinning room (perhaps) and then the living room where it sounded like two birds were frantically flying around, even though I could not see them.
I left quickly – and it was when I started working on the digital images that I saw what was impossible to explain as lens flare. You can come to your own conclusions.
The plane made another gentle sweep on its path westward. Here the earth could no longer be anonymous. Stretching more than 3,000 miles from central New Mexico to Northwest Alaska the Rocky Mountains are made up of five sections and we were just greeting the front-range of the Southern Rockies. Longs Peak sat silently far off to the right as Rocky Mountain National Park quietly cradled the headwaters of the Colorado River. This part of the journey was where it became interesting. Boulder, with its tilted monoliths known as the Flatirons, rolled its way up and hugged the jagged slabs, the first break the earth made from the flatness of the great plains. (exerpt from Ruby Slippers, Everyone's Odyssey)
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." "It is the time I have wasted for my rose--" said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember. - from The Little Prince
I was given my first camera and contact printer when I was 9. It has taken half a century for me to understand that my original photographs (the images of an unfiltered nine year old), were Miksang and that this vision has continued throughout my life.
Miksang is about revealing the truth of pure perception. When I see something striking and penetrating, it becomes a connection between instinct and awareness and in that moment I can capture that perception with nothing added, nothing missing.
When the way comes to an end, change.
The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu lived hundreds of years before Jesus. He left a corrupt royal court in China and went to the western part of the country dressed as a farmer so he wouldn’t be recognized. At that point he was already known as an important spiritual leader and even with his common clothes people knew who he was and they asked that he write down his wisdom. What he wrote became the Tao Te ChingMore
There is a VERY high probability that, at some point, you will need to print your project, or have a new logo design created. Your project could include a poster, flyer, newsletter, screen print - I'll stop there - you get the idea . . .
There are many exceptional digital cameras on the market and so it's not so much about what equipment you have - but - knowing how to use that equipment - and knowing how to post-process the images