Los Amigos Invisibles – DAME EL MAMBO (trans. Give Me The Mambo)
If you see something (or dare I say, someone) that you or others would label an “eyesore” or pain-in-the-ass. Look again. I dare you to find beauty and meaning in those things. It is difficult; but, it can lead to new understandings, acceptance and maybe even appreciation. My interest in dumpsters or what others may call containers (or whatever you use to collect rubbish, trash, garbage) is well known and long standing. Dumpsters are not only utilitarian but can reveal a beauty that was forged within their utilitarian function. This morning (2/14/21) I decided to head out with my camera (my valentine – LOL). I came across this large dumpster at a building where construction was being done. I almost never ever pass up a dumpster opportunity and this was no exception. You can see from the first image – the setting. Unimpressive, maybe even documentary. But that doesn’t stop me. That’s just the entry point for my imagination and creative thinking. I somehow am inspired by suffering, difficulty and challenges and find they are signposts along the road of life to happiness. I don’t seek them out but when they present themselves I do seek to turn around those situations into something worthwhile or worth living for.
Hinge: It all hinges on seeing that difficulty as an open door to something better. Unexpected – most likely. But a door or pathway revealed that I may not have considered before.
Overview: When we are confronted by such a door we must take a step back and take time to look at the details.
Details: These details offer clarity, understanding and unapologetic saturation and texture that makes it possible for us to complete the transformation from repulsion to acceptance and maybe even a sense of beauty. Art. Life is art – from beginning through to the end – and after the end, in memory and spirit.
*to view larger individual images in order: click on the first image below showing the dumpster in it’s habitat. Then click on the arrows to navigate through the complete set of images.
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?
Does anyone else feel like social amputees since the pandemic started?