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Why

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Afternoon Wave

Everyone has reasons for the things they engage, which by their actions define that person.

The sage old adage of “It must work for them” really does not cover the reasons why people do things that well.

I thought about why I do some of the things which I engage as an Artist, this week. It was brought into high focus for me by conversations with editors who I greatly respect in publishing and commercial ventures.

It made me think about why I shoot what I do, especially the Ocean stuff.

I mean, the world does not need another perfect glimpse of my watery world. So why do it, why swim with a camera every chance I get?

The flippant answer would be: “Because I can”.

But that one is far from accurate. I am very good at what I do. Possibly one of the best I have ever seen.

That is not why. I am not doing it to be labeled as “the best”. I really could care less about labels being applied to my work, by people who know little to nothing about my life and relationship with the Ocean.

I do it because it makes me happy. I love it. And I see it as the very best aspect of human nature to want to share what we love.

So I do that.

Simple  really. But my hope is bigger than that. It is the possibility that if maybe a few more people did things just because they loved to, maybe the world would be a better place.

We all should want that: a better place.

How things look through my lens: better.

Life is about focus.

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Imaging Accountability and Authenticity

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

McGrath Farms

In the pretense of living in the now, it is not that uncommon for both people and business to overlook the manner in which they are able to affect things on the global stage. The connection culture of today, brings with it, an ever greater demand for accountability.

Accountability is one of “those things”. It is a tenet which is (hopefully) acquired at some stage in a person’s life, and (again,hopefully) as they grow, and the scope of the world in which they live enlarges, it scales. If it does not, you really could see some larger scale problems arise.

In his blog today, Seth Godin writes on going Beyond  Geography.  A lot of us who are connected to Seth via his groups: Triiibes, Linchpins or Krypton College, have been watching him expand the scope of his work, and are finding it a large and scalable resource in the building of our own projects.

Something many do not know about my work (I am a surf photographer right?) is that due to my connection to our world, and manner that I experience it, that I am frequently asked to engage in organizational development for scalable concept Companies and Organizations.

Recently, after a number of things came to light in a project which I was heavily invested in over a period close to two years, and just as it appeared I had brought funding and some needed structure to the company, I resigned. Why? Accountability. Whose? My own. I could no longer be on “that team” and do what they needed me to do. So I left. The act of doing so of course, is like tearing a piece out of one’s life. But when that portion threatens to corrupt the whole, we must make a choice.

Right now I am involved in the development of a total of six, large concept, scalable companies in my work.

One which I am Co Founder of, is the Oceanlovers Collective, which is a concept company designed to connect people who love and know the Ocean, to a world which does not have the first hand understanding which the Ocean Tribe possesses.

The idea behind the company, is to develop Ocean themed media and products which reflect the Authenticity of the Tribe members, and convert both the intellectual property and any profit into benefit, for Change Agents around the world. Oceanlovers is a connector.

Oceanlovers

The other projects range in interest from benefit driven Non Profits, Technology based solutions for Global Scale Environmental challenges, to product based Companies who want to increase their level of connection and authenticity, as they pursue market traction and growth.

Of course in between all of this, lies my ongoing Editorial work, as well as my work with Corbis Images.

In each and every one of these projects, the most recurrent themes are Accountability and Authenticity.

Because without those two things as siblings, nothing scales correctly.

It is frequently said that a picture is worth a¬† thousand words. Indeed. I frequently state in public speaking forums “A Photo can tell a thousand lies. Wouldn’t you rather it communicate some Truth?”

For an Artist, indeed for all who choose to communicate the creativity which love causes to flow through us in our work, it is our own hearts which we must diligently watch over.

It is illustrated to me repeatedly in all these things, that it is a battlefield out there.

The best that we can do is to not become a victim of that.

Accountability is our shield.

Aloha nui loa.

Bali

Awards and Praise

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Backlite

Backlite

The above image was shot a short while ago. For me it is sort of the peak of  what is possible with modern DSLR imaging. The detail and various aspects which make an incredibly complex subject rendered to perfection are all there. This is why I am not posting the two images which are being discussed below, in  a pasted in conversation with one of my editors at Corbis.

My work evolves. It is far better than ever before. If that process was not building in such a way, I would stop. But many who die, who have reached bottom do not stop. And they are tenuously still in Publishing.

Here is that conversation.

“Wow, congratulations on the award”

It was funny Michele. I was at the Surfer Poll awards shooting for the magazine when someone came and found me and dragged me up on stage in front of about 3 k people, where my editor said ” A lot of people want to know how you did this, and how it was lit?”(It was one of the first images created using high speed sync flash, which Canon had innovated)

My answer as I looked out at the crowd: “I read the Canon manual. It is right there on page 18″ Everybody laughed and I grabbed the award and went back to work.

This image came on the heels of another magazine cover for The Surfers Journal which some in the industry called the greatest image descriptive of the sport in it’s History.

All that stuff is nice, but you cannot eat praise or awards.

Why Corbis matters. And it keeps me in the water somewhere in the world every day. Thank you !

Now back to the point of this post on Awards and Praise.

The way my work moved forward was via the connectedness and support of professional publishing which was run as a purely editorial concern firstly, to provide real time documentation of the sport as it occurred around the world. The second order of the day was advertising.

As the world morphed publishing reversed and editorial became advertorial and what we refer to in Marketing as the race to the bottom began. Then the publishing bankruptcies began. Out of this a restructure occurred when most professionals were jettisoned and literally told not to bother submitting work as it would not be looked at. Publishing then engaged a green new crop which could be more easily controlled and taken advantage of more or less. I won’t go into it, as the explanation is one of photobiz tediousness. But basically the publishing companies hit bottom and figured out a way to stay there.

Cue social media where a photographer can display his work and progress and connect directly to the market via Blog, Facebook, Twitter et al.

Cue Publishers who now say shunned senior staff cannot be published because they showed their work to a few people via their networks and that makes the image “dead”. What that says to me is not unlike the conversation of a jealous girlfriend who saw you talking to another woman and beat you up for it when you return home together each day. It just does not make much sense.

This is why.

Social media allows an Artist to connect his work and that of his publications to a far greater-different audience. The lack of understanding of how Permission based marketing and social media which is based upon it is exactly why publishing is hitting bottom perpetually. They do not understand the concepts of generosity and connection. Yet all great Art is based upon those things.

So what does that say about the greenies working for those struggling publications and the content itself?

Here is a cool vid I did for Blue Mind 2013 on Block Island¬† recently, which was part of a presentation I did on Beauty and it’s effect on Humanity. I bookended at the event with painter Ran Ortner, whose work I love.

Here is another I built using the latest iteration from Adobe of LR5 which allows motion to be included. It is created for a fantastic project which serves the restoration of US Military severely wounded (Purple Heart Veterans). The project is called the Never Quit Challenge which will be a historic return to NYC and Ground Zero of our people who sacrificed everything, in service to this Nation. The project details are in the video liner notes. Never Quit Challenge:Dancing Girl.

This image is from the Ocean Lovers Collective Blue Notes Project where we are building change that matters.

You can also support this incredibly ambitious project and my work, by purchasing Art via Ocean Lovers’ online store. Browse the site. See who is involved, and what we are about. If you like it, climb aboard. We are creating a new better world via intelligent approach to caring for people and the Oceans. There even is a new Realtime Gallery where work is uploaded as it is created around the world. Change that matters is collaborative. We need YOU for any of this to matter.

Blue Note of change

Blue Note of change

No plans to visit the bottom ever.

Onward! Aloha nui Loa.

Sea-Space Summit DC 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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I head to DC on Monday with Dr. Andrea Neal to participate in the Sea-Space Initiative Summit, which is headed up by Guillermo Söhnlein of Opus Novum.

Our intention is to get a look at the ongoing crisis in Japan, and examine some of the socio-political architecture which led to the catastrophic failure event at the six reactor Fukushima-Daichi Power Plant.  It is a disaster of massive scale. However, in that lies a great opportunity to create some fantastic change.

http://seaspaceinitiative.org/participants-dc13/

The last Summit was at Google, and this was what we did (among other things). I was in Dr. Lu’s study group. Ed identifies an issue and develops a plan that literally could save Earth. Then he implements it. (Doing is everything) Want to save something, I mean, really truly help? Donate to this.

http://b612foundation.org/tedxmarinedsept2012/

Since that time, our group (Blue Ocean Sciences LLC and Ocean Lovers) has been created and have developed a means of detecting and removing nuclear contaminants (aka persistent inorganic pollutants) from the water column. In fact, the system is able to remove a large variety  of water borne contaminants. (Our Teams and  Boards in both entities are highest bar)

We have solutions at our fingertips. Will we be able to implement them as a collective, to benefit mankind?

 

In a note to George Orbelian, one of the Ocean Lover Advisory Board members, regarding the upcoming Summit, I received an educated response and proposal for resolution. I have simply pasted the correspondence below.

 

Dear David,

 

Looks like a great group.

 

I think that it is time for less talking – and more doing.

 

We should have a 3D model of the planet earth and the universe – Google has it – Ojingo could add it to the Hasbro my3D concept and port it to smart-phones and social networks.

 

We put voyage tracker – the same stuff we got a Google Earth Hero award for – on everybody’s smart phone for free.

 

Everyone / Anywhere can send in what they see – we see all the earth in real time and can have scientists confirm the spots that need attention.

 

All the educational, scientific and business efforts are linked to this global network so that issues can be identified, solutions designed and implemented.

 

The ultimate reality show – our planet / real time / right now / real issues.

 

SURVIVOR – but this time it is for real – and for the children of the future.

 

We need to pull back the curtain of ignorance that is keeping people in the dark. We need to start implementing existing solutions now.

 

Apply this quote to the conference – and you’ll have something.

 

Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue;

likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged, must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.

Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice, that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. For this reason justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others.

It does not allow that the sacrifices imposed on a few are outweighed by the larger sum of advantages enjoyed by many. Therefore in a just society the liberties of equal citizenship are taken as settled;

the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests. The only thing that permits us to acquiesce in an erroneous theory, is the lack of a better one;

analogously, an injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice.

Being first virtues of human activities, truth and justice are uncompromising.

¬†From “A THEORY OF JUSTICE” BY JOHN RAWLS

 

Think what we would have if we wired all of our best institutions, libraries, laboratories and minds together – we have the technology to get the entire planet collaborating and working together today.

 

Best,

 

G

 

Many of us have a sense of direction in the determination of the future of the  earth via the Sea-Space connection. Being the son of a man who spent a lifetime as a Hawaiian waterman, as well as having a lifelong career in Aerospace, designing in most of our Space programs, I grew up with this connection between Sea and Space.

Not that I myself matter all that much, being one tiny cog in a massive collective of incredibly brilliant, connected, scientists, researchers and social change architects, but my life has been led in the Sea. Within my time-spatial reference is a deep understanding regarding the Ocean by virtue of the massive number of hours, days months and years I have spent in and on it in all parts of this blue marble.

So that is why I am going. To be that voice in the room.

George and I refer to Buckminster Fuller and the value of understanding Earth architecture a lot amongst ourselves.  This is well worth the watch, a 20 minute film which could help frame a new world view for us all.

 

http://vimeo.com/55073825#

 

We must come to the understanding that there is an exceptionally high value to be recognized in Human Virtue, and as a global society we have a key choice before us in this age, whereby we may select the option of being the source of solution, or in a veering away from the benefit of human virtue: the agents of negative change.

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Let us choose, with knowledge, wisdom and compassion as our filters.  A beautiful future may rest in us.

 

Aloha nui loa.

 

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Labor(ing) Day

Monday, September 3rd, 2012
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Labor Day Bluenote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I posted this blogpost early this morning, on Ocean Lovers Collective’s website. It is a look at the Alchemy of Change.

It has been a darned busy weekend. Work in the office on Art, Writing, Photography. Designing a new optical system for my 5DM2 water housing. In process I also found myself doing a bit of image collection work out along Coast Hwy 1 south of where I live.

The assets of our Coastline and local waters get a lot of pressure placed upon them as the hordes descend, fleeing from hot inland environs and their regular workaday pressures. In a  way I have always been fascinated that people flee to the shore. I get it. In fact, as a child, it is what I used to do, as well. It is just that over time I found a way to stay at the beach, and be in, on or underwater at every conceivable moment of every day. I never left.

What that did over decades (yep, I am getting old) is endow me with a baseline view of a lot of the issues involving ocean health, water safety, and a wide range of Ocean related subjects that led to careers related to water. I appreciate that.

Lar Rathje

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So on this Labor Day, well, I am working, but wow, look at my work environment. Thank you for caring about it!

Sierra Partridge

Sierra Partridge

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