Relevance

March 25th, 2014

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Sean Tully dropped me a note the other day, which had me scrambling to find an image file we created awhile back. I could not locate the high res finals, only some low res jpegs. So I referred to the original shot file where the camera raws reside, and had a little look.

What I found was a slew of work we had not really put out into editorial at that time. I think maybe two or three from this series had become magazine covers, but the rest, had just not been relevant as far as I could tell. But today I sort of went “wow” as I found them and set to work processing the images on two new programs that did not exist when these images were collected.

In a world where we tend to chase our tales sometimes in the mindset that new equals relevant, I was pleasantly surprised that these images far surpassed every single image of a brand name surf publication which arrived at my door today in their genre.

Made me think about my own choices a bit. In short order the work will get turned over to Corbis and general editorial and used in a couple feature projects I have on the back burner. But it really gave me pause regarding my own assent to the value of my work.

Here is a rather classic piece of music. It is relevant to me in that it still means something. What does this say? I guess one would need to want it to know. Relevance. Bendictus by 2 Cellos

Anyway, below are some of those images. Click on any of them for a full, uncompressed view.

 

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Foundations of Change

March 19th, 2014

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In the aftermath of the horrible events of Sept 11, 2001 I had found myself faced with a crossroads of sort which was quite unexpected.

On one hand was the road to being immersed in the disaster and shooting that. On the other was quite a different tack. That of leveraging the change which I would like to see in the world. I was unaware of the consequences of the choices before me as I settled in to create some imagery in the week after the event for Sygma News service through my agent, Corbis Images.

I found myself shooting through tears a lot that week. But it was not due to covering the death and destruction of the day, it was in documenting the beauty of a people drawn close together for the express end of the creation of hope, comfort and healing as a united people.

Since that time I have made it a steady effort to sow beauty into the world with my work.

Here is a quirky but beautiful piece done to my son Josh’s music that I put together as an entry for the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown. It is called Obsessed.

Here is another one done to the Music of Matt Jennings, made while I was down with the flu recently entitled “The Forgotten Ones”.

This floored me when I ran across 2 Cellos after my friend and colleague Charlie Witmer introduced their work yesterday online. Benedictus as I have never heard it before. Beauty exists in many dimensions. Artists bring it back home.

All of this of course is really intended to inspire Gratitude. Here is a wonderful lesson on it from the Daily Good.

The Value of Story: Mavericks

January 31st, 2014

I am just back from witnessing the spectacle which is the Mavericks Invitational big wave event at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, Ca.

There are a huge number of stories surrounding this event, and I must select a few, and share those in Editorial. I worked this event with Deniece Watkins Smith who is a budding Photographer, sage Silicon Valley Real Estate Agent and wife to Cary Smith of the Pillar Point Harbor Patrol. We shot the event together. It was a lot of fun, challenge, and rich with story!

Here is a great piece on the value of Story.

Here is Go Pro’s take from 2013.

Keep in mind that 2014 was almost double the size and Go Pro was ready for it.

Story is everything. Pictures help. Here are a few from Mavericks. The first two are Deniece’s. She was great to work with on this. The shot of Ian getting wrecked on his SUP in the intermission is priceless. The one of Twiggy emoting behind Jeff Clark on hearing of the win is Photojournalism golden.

Click on the images for a larger view.

 

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The image below is what I saw when I got home from Mavericks. Ventura, Ca. I was immediately away again. This is proving to be a rather Historic season for me in terms of quality and volume of work produced. I am still shooting on the Canon 5DM2 system and it continues to allow me to set a bar for imaging that is quite high.

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Ode to Resolution

January 12th, 2014
Nuclear Surreality

Nuclear Surreality

My wife slipped into my office this morning as I was experiencing this piece. She said what I was thinking:

“That is the soundtrack to Fukushima.”

Here is a remarkable performance of The Dark Knight – Hans Zimmer /James Newton Howard -LIVE by the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra and Choir, a part of the Masterpiece show. I would like to re-name it though:¬† “Dark Night, An Ode to Resolution”.

As is rarely so obvious a circumstance, we have a fantastic opportunity to evolve as a species as a result of what has gone on unabated for almost three years now at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Electric Power Generating Station.

This is because we can now comprehend what the true fruit of the dark thinking expounded upon during the Cold War era has wrought for the world. It’s terminus has been the expensive and deleterious impact on the ecosystem of a hemisphere. It was an unwise choice, to say the least. But really, we are quite fortunate, if we simply take this as a lesson, and think better-choose well, in moving forward.

This is a great film sent along through a network of people engaging in remediation of the disaster at Fukushima. It is called the “Atomic States of America”. Essential viewing,¬† as it is both educational and inspiring.

Here is a highly informative interview of Dr Michio Kaku, a physicist. It is titled “The End of Humanity”.¬† The message in it is anything but being about that.

Here is an informative videoblog from former Nuclear Industry Executive and Engineer, Arnie Gundersen, of Fairewinds Energy Education. It is titled West Coast Radiation Exposure: What are the risks?

My hope is that a higher level of information begins to develop within the public sector, and that Humanity begins to take it’s leadership to task regarding errant choices that have continually sent us down the dark road of war, suffering and unsustainability.

We can do better. In order to, we must be better than what we as members of our separate Nations have been in the past, where people were divided and apportioned as assets in a machine which has neither compassion or common sense.

Under Nuclear Skies

Under Nuclear Skies

 

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Critical Thought, and Creating Change

January 7th, 2014

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The other day I got an e mail note from a newer member of a group which I participate in with this piece related to Global Warming-Climate Change and the global push which attempts to reside beneath the subject heading of Sustainable Development, a subject which I know a great deal about and generally refrain from discussion of. Here is the piece I was sent.

http://masdar.ae/en/adsw/detail/lily-laurence-cities-redefine-success-and-focus-on-what-matters

Here was my reply.

“Great article.
However the reality may actually be the inverse of what we are being led to believe, and is possibly scripted by business interests setting up profit bases for future generation commodification.
I am sure all of you are aware of this program. Both links explain it well.
The patent reality, is that lack of real desire to create true sustainability and a mandate to reap short term profit, has created massive civil rights changes in US Federal Law. This is why some Political Scientists feel the US may have suffered a “silent Coup D Etat” in Governance, with Corporately held business interests holding the reins in the decision making processes of Legislative, Executive and even possibly Judicial branches, rather than the civil populace.

I am sure that many of you have seen some of the prime examples of this . Here is one.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/11/03/blood-and-gore-making-a-killing-on-anti-carbon-investment-hype/

 

The reality is that the world will go to 8 Billion people. But to do it sustainably, and in a just, humane manner, we will need to ask the right questions and agree to pursue correct answers to them.

 

One of the prime indicators of Socio-Cultural demise historically, has been the development of over centralization of systems of support. You see this illustrated down through the ages, most glaringly notorious, in Rome, which took quite a long time to Fall.
Our modus and time frame today, is quite different due to the connection culture and our application of¬† “web 2.0″ as it were. Like an ocean swell which rises quite rapidly, but due to physical law, is highly likely to recede in a related tempo, that is likely our lot if left to natural process and entropic order (disorder).
Today we stand on a precipice. On one side lies unspeakable darkness and loss and suffering. On the other is the light of sound reason, architecture, love and abundance.
I remain informed and skeptical. Three images are attached. The last one is a pal and colleague of mine, someone who I respect deeply. He works in the machine. (Same images that line this blog)
¬†Aloha nui loa.”

The response was understandably aggressive. I get that. This was what I sent back. A linear look at Critical Thinking.

http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/becoming-a-critic-of-your-thinking/478

Critical thinking is a great place to begin in examining a problem. It serves as a safety net of sorts. Although not frequently delivering those bright and flashy solutions which sometimes are the hallmark of true lateral thinking genius, critical thought is a great and wonderful byproduct of an educated and civilized culture.

Would that our system rewarded people for it a little more religiously. LOL.

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 Man vs Machine

Man vs Machine

 

One of the other bright lights in our group sent back a thoughtful response. I have included it on an image here below in summation of the thrust of this blogpost.

Progress' Plight

Progress’ Plight

 

 

 

 

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