I don't know if the rest of the world has the problem we have in America. We are in an all out culture war. Tolerance has completely dissipated like water being poured on red hot steel. I am sick at heart to see what has happened and continues to happen in my country. But it has to end. Personally I'm reverting back to unwokeness and shunning cancel culture. You can be unwoke and not participate in cancel culture and still be a happy decent human being. Don't you want to be happy again? Are you tired of being woke? Do you want to be more tolerant of those who differ from you and have different opinions from you? Do you want to be more respectful? Then join me now. We can make a difference. We must be the change that we would like to see. Like Eric Clapton sings in his new song - "THIS HAS GOTTA STOP" ... enough is enough... I can't take this BS any longer.... https://youtu.be/dNt4NIQ7FTA
Let's remind ourselves of Plato's Cave allegory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_cave In our time the cave is made of the walls we have built around ourselves as we stare at the screens of our phones iPads or other portable devices and shut everything out around us. Things that keep us cooped up and blind to reality even though they do their best to try and convince us that what they are showing us is reality. These devices only project shadows on the wall that people believe to be real. And the more convinced people are that what they see on their devices is "real" the further the cords of bondage bind around them making harder to pull away. It's time to put the device down and look around to come out into the daylight and be human again. Come out of the Cave. It's glorious out here in reality. Sure it's not always pretty but it's REAL! A great song and visual expression of this is in the song/video for A Perfect Circle's song DISILLUSIONED "It's time to put the silicon obsession down" (if you dare) https://youtu.be/BIsH686xWl0
Sometimes “bad” photos can be interesting. In 2008 I was still trying to figure my way around a camera (in some respects that hasn’t changed) but these photos posted here I still really like.
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.
At first glance the final work may look like it has nothing to do with the original. But it just goes to show that if you put enough time and work into it – magic happens. It took me about two hours to get this where I wanted. I did extensive layering (selective and de-selective). I did a lot of playing with color. I also created/added a few textures.
I’ve got magic to do – just for you!
Magic To Do from PIPPIN
Continuing with the posts of the past couple of days todays image has a different source. The base image (bottom) was from the outside of the elevator shaft on the top level of a car park that is used for the Akron Public Library. I also used the steam engine shot from yesterday to add some curves and texture on the final manipulation. Many Many layers were used in this process. I like the Monochrome against the orange and blue of the Library sign. I can imagine printing this on a large aluminum metal sheet.
This severe abstraction is closer to what I normally like to create. Again the base shot (bottom image) was a detail from the same steam engine as yesterday – where the engine boiler meets the cabin where the engineer hangs out.
Today I’m starting a new series of posts. This series does not have a name – it’s just the way I’m going to post. I’m going to show the final image which features heavy manipulation. And then below that I’m going to show the original image so you have some idea of what I start with and the extremes I can end up. Todays final image is mild by my standards but I really like and found that the more I “messed with it” the less I liked it. The bottom image is a detail from a steam locomotive that’s been “rotting” on display in downtown Akron. I like visiting it from time-to-time just to see if something strikes my fancy.
FYI – for those who follow me, or maybe you’ve chanced upon my page, and you like my photo-based digital abstracts: I’ve now collected them on one gallery page titled abstract creations. So now you don’t have to scroll through all my posts to find them. If you click on ABSTRACT CREATIONS (shown under my blog header) then click on any one of the photos you can view it larger. You can also use this link.
Sure we need to be careful but use common sense. Hygiene is important. If you follow basic common sense you’ll be fine. Enjoy your life. After all this life could be your last.
What are we losing? What are we giving up?
“Keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others”
“don’t touch each other”
“wear a mask”
In short, don’t kiss, shake hands or fuck.
With the Coronavirus there is a full-blown panic here in the US as a complete failure of leadership continues to be the real plague on our country. This panic has resulted in empty store shelves, events cancelled on a large scale, nothing is permitted where a group of 50 or more may gather. “Wartime” curfew 9pm. Is this how we finally lose our freedom? Is this how government will control us? What happened to “freedom of assembly”? Will it ever be restored? Will we finally rise up? Or, will we remain comfortably numb?
My cell has windows and a doors but I AM NOT FREE!
A brand new image.
If this Corona Virus will teach us anything – it is that when it comes to human experience – the best of all possible futures is a dystopia for the majority and a utopia for the minority of survivors. That said, I prefer to think of the future as not written in stone. I like Bob Marley’s sound advice
“…don’t worry about a thing, ’cause everything’s gonna be alright”
and Michael Franti – don’t panic – Stay Human – spend less time looking suspiciously at each other and more time looking out FOR each other.
What a way to wrap up the first full week of March. Spring is right around the corner. For those who follow me and like my work the music today is for you.