I’ve been diggin’ the opera Akhnaten (again) by Philip Glass. Probably my all-time favorite of his opera’s. Enjoy this duet between Akhnaten and Nefertiti.
man out of place I find myself in a strange situation. I am dead yet my body does not know it. Looking at the world about me I no longer recognize…. What should be familiar is strange and unknowable. There was a time when I would have relished the strangeness and foreignness of this lifes situation…. I actually find it unnerving. It seems that any foundation or rootedness that would have grounded me during such times has been swept away… so completely and with a sense of finality that even when I go to familiar places or spaces, I do not recognize them. I see familiar faces and hear familiar voices but they only seem to be echoes of a past long gone. I may as well be a foreigner in a strange land. Nothing matters as I am no longer connected… I am truly a man out of place in space and time… not knowing how it happened or how to change it. Should it be changed? I suppose time will tell. What will the future hold? What will I look like in the end? What will the world look like in the end? Our humanity will be changed, but will it be for the better in the end? Will we look back as through a glass darkly and say “Who was that?” In the end. My life has become abstracted beyond recognition… I put one foot in front of the other….
Los Amigos Invisibles – DAME EL MAMBO (trans. Give Me The Mambo)
Why the title? This image was created by manipulating a photo of a sweet potato after it had rooted in water. After the manipulation I can see what appears to be an alien female body. I questioned the dark blood-red color but found it kind of amusing – do vegetables bleed? No but vegetarians do. Is this meant to be a violent image? not at all but I can see why some might think so. I am not vegetarian although there have been times I’ve leaned in that direction. Overall vegetarianism and all dietary plans seem very abstract to me. So it makes sense that after I “cooked” the original photo and came up with this that it would be such an abstract image. When all is said-and-done I do like the darkness of the image. It gives me the same feeling of mystery and exploration as stepping into a cave and waiting for your eyes to adjust to the darkness as other senses like smell and hearing become heightened. So after “listening” and “smelling” this image for a while, what you do you think? How does it make you feel? What you do you hear – is there music that comes to mind (if so please add it to your comment)? What do you smell?
This image is simply titled STUDY #1. It was completed entirely in Photoshop using various tools like line drawing and selection. Added color and multiple layers for composition. I also layered in some texture from some of my own photos. When I first finished this I was so exhausted that I felt quite indifferent. But 2 months have passed and I find it very rewarding, even enjoyable. I hope you enjoy it also.
Enjoy this warm track by Manhattan Transfer: “Capim” featuring Brazilian singer/songwriter Djavan from their album BRASIL.