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Rocket’s Red Glare

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Rocket's Red Glare

Rocket's Red Glare

My Father worked on the weapons delivery systems for the Defense department. He would have terrible nightmares. So I grew up with all of the information regarding what occurs in a  worst case scenario of a nuclear detonation. The knowledge acquired was probably what drove my love of Science and caused me to at one point, major in Bioscience. I have never stopped learning. None of us should.

That cold handshake was what pointed me back to nature, and my current philosophy and knowledge of God. I learned that fear is a mind killer and knowledge leads to Hope and Faith. God always brings those line items along.

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In this terrible event in Japan, you have a lot of things occurring in a very fluid manner. Line items that involve risk and danger, ebb, flow and shift. Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend of ours who has a robotics factory inland of the Tsunami impact zone. It was damaged. Equipment needs recalibrating. Some walls need repair. But they can get back up and operating.

The issue in his  and adjacent Prefectures, is that the infrastructure has collapsed. “We can build things, but without roads, there is nothing that we can do. It will be a hard year for Japan. But we will be okay. The very important things are establishing food and water supply, housing, infrastructure and Military strength in maintaining a country. We will do this, and Japan will be better after”.

I have had all manner of contact from colleagues and friends in Japan. They are in the trenches. But like my friend Shin says, they will come back.

It occurs to me, that the sorrow in all of this is in what has just happened: a large number of lives snuffed out. As a culture we need to face that one down, grieve, and take a look at our own lives.

This  is via Mario Vitonne.

Like a Wave

Like a Wave

It is the common consensus that were this scale of a disaster to hit in the US, that anarchy would occur immediately. I see that as likely in this current environment.

In the 50′s and 60′s here, schools would require Civics courses where the tenet of preparedness and Civil Duty were taught. You saw it seeded through the entire American culture with Cub, Boy and Girl Scouting organizations etc. I remember the motto: “Be prepared”. There is a lot to be said for cognitive preparation in a life.

We have lost that in the general population base in the US and especially in California, and the loss has left us vulnerable in many ways. But the most insidious, is in the propagation of fear by a lack of hands on knowledge and preparation.

It does not need to be that way.

But in a culture grown fat, and prone to following fear based groups who continually perpetuate a Chicken Little  mentality (Insert name of PAC, Pseudo Enviro group, Political Organization or Religion here) we have gone from standing as the strong tribe of the planet, to being a bit of a spaz.

Centered

Centered

America needs to wake up. If ever we needed a return to the values espoused by our Founder’s pioneering spirit, it is in this hour. But it all starts with the individual. Me, you, us.
Our Founders knew this. It is why we safeguard individual rights in the Bill of Rights: it cedes strength and responsibility to the base of the house of State.

Pioneer Stock

Pioneer Stock

Here are a few links that offer some information that will allow for a certain amount of education regarding some perceived risks. Read them. Weigh them against your own knowledge base. Grow. Prepare. Spread that knowledge and stability within your community, because in so doing, you shore up the future.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-energy-primer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fallout
http://radiationnetwork.com/
http://modernsurvivalblog.com/
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Here is something pretty cool that the City of Ventura has done. Code Red

An interesting and informative editorial piece, sent along by Skip Saenger.

Dr. Ed Brenegar just sent across a rather involved and remarkable piece on building for the future entitled  ” The End and The Beginning

We quite possibly are entering a period of time where there are going to be great challenges, that many alive have never experienced or needed to manage. So since education and preparation promote stability and an environment of peace and health, lets all just agree to not “Tilt at windmills” any more, and simply be prepared. Stop supporting people that you HOPE will do the job for you. Do it yourself. The knowledge you will gain in the process can transform your world.

Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness

Be your own hero.  You matter, and common sense needs to become common once again.

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Model Models

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
House of the Waves

House of the Waves

Recently, NYC based production company Silent Crow was in Ventura. Two writers with the company happened to have connected with Donna Von Hoesslin of Betty B and learning a little bit about her female inspired Eco Fashion line. They came up with an idea.

Producer Matt Bennett showed up to do a little bit of discovery work, and honed a reality show concept that deviated from the norm, in that it endeavors to look at the personalities and lives of the women in both my and Donna’s lives. Silent Crow named the show Bonafide.

Donna and I have long exchanged working relationships with people who we see as unique, and able to be involved in both the editorial market, and branding process, both for the model as a product, and for Betty B’s unique, ethics based, Fashion accessories line. The Betty Blog is here.

What Matt discovered is that each one of these women is a story unto themselves. Tricky thing to formuate a show upon. I just saw the teaser reel that Silent Crow Produced, and that I contributed footage and stills to. I think they get it. Not an easy thing to do, getting something that is a world unto itself.

Hailey and Sierra Partridge are two of the girls who were not involved in the show pitch per se. Recently a potential new supporter of theirs, Tonic, asked to use a couple images of the girls for branding purposes on their website.

What ensued for me, was a look through the girl’s files that began with a shoot for Betty B in Santa Cruz when they were about 16. Images from that first shoot went into a multitude of publications. Donna had simply shown me a cold pitch the twins had sent in and asked; “What do you think?”

“Duhhh yea”, was my first response. “Beautiful twins, athletes, and self motivated? What is the question?”

Sierra, Winnie, Hailey

Sierra, Winnie, Hailey

But what I discovered in the course of my years traveling and shooting with these young women, was something special. Having a rough go as life started for them, (They were basically born blind) the two daughters of Santa Cruz waterman Rym Partridge, and his wife Winnie, a career flight attendant, weathered the waters of Nor Cal, the alpha male environment of Santa Cruz, and tutelage of their Dad (Think gnarly. Better than you, better than me), to become waterwomen.

Rym

Rym

As they engage college, they have had a high bar for life and ethics set for them by the family, which has a history of not only strong nurture, but strict ethical and moral compass headings. Rym’s stories of outback charity work which began in the poor parts of Hawaii, and has taken him all over the world (he is a Dentist by trade), set a certain level of expectation for the young ladies.

Rym riding Rym's Reef. 65 years old.

Rym riding Rym’s Reef. 65 years old.

Then there is Donna, and the incredibly competitive group of women who are the core of Betty B’s brand identity. Not an easy act to join, as each person is an entity unto themselves. They are sort of the anti team. But then again, surfing is an anti sport: a renegade, self oriented, lifestyle.

I find it interesting, as I look back on the thousands of images that the girls and I have produced, that I never saw two lanky blond beauties, I only saw sentient, kind people, who happened to be great athletes, and a certain potential. Shadow of their parents.

Betty B, Hobie Sports, K 38 Rescue, Oneill Intl, Ocean Minded, and countless editors, have supported and published this work. It gets pretty entertaining when certain fashion magazines come up with “great ideas”,  then use the girls in them, right down to my art direction items, like the Red Ford Bronco we used in one of our Hobie shoots. (Hey I have a great idea)  There is a reason for me hanging with who I do. I have a low tolerance for insincerity, and a penchant for authenticity. Real is valuable, and life is far better than fiction ever could be.

This edit illustrates a best case example of why I tend to to keep my subjects with me over time. The work becomes vital.  We learn. We have fun. And authenticity? Well, they are the real deal. This is all them. I just pose suggestions which my career and vision allow for. If someone will not push the edge of their comfort zone continually, they will really learn to hate me in short order. But if they do have that desire, what an adventure occurs.

Model models for me, as they are the anti models: they are real.

Another one of Donna’s talented women, is singer songwriter Zuri Star. She has this to say. “You Don’t Know Me”

“Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what people think you’ve got.” ~Sophia Loren

The following gallery is a cross section of some of our work together. Click on any of the images for a larger view.

© 2009 David Pu'u. All rights reserved.

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