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Looking back, then forward

January 13, 2011

About 10 years ago I bought my first digital camera. An Olympus something, 3.1 mega-pixels. The first week I had it, I dropped it and the flash broke. Probably one of the best things that could’ve happened. It forced me to learn how to use available light. And today I find flash to be generally obnoxious, washes people out, especially point-and-click cameras that fit in your pocket.

I lived in losAngeles at the time, and I remember walking down Melrose one day just clicking pics of random stuff. I ended up clicking more than 250 images. My little memory card was full. When I got home I downloaded the pics, browsed them quickly and picked about 20 images. Then I narrowed them to 9 images, and this is what I came up with. It was weird, as if the images arranged themselves.

Random images on Melrose

The crazy part… I arranged them and was able to interpret it almost instantly. I found so much personal meaning in complete randomness. So quickly, effortlessly, no thought went into it. And it felt like visual poetry.

LOOK and BODY are in opposite corners, and they represented the materalism and the gym/fitness that engrossed my life at that time.

FLOWERS and CITRUS occupy the other corners. Nature. The romantic in me (Ha!) and my love for the outdoors. During that time I was walking up Runyon Canyon almost daily, religiously. I loved it.

PISCES and ARCHITECTURE are center top and bottom. Outer space and earth. Opposing forces of dreams and structure or discipline. Left brain, right brain. At that time it seemed easy to balance both.

Middle left and right are ENERGYand LUCK. The rays represent energy, like Keith Haring’s signature pop art. The sum of those digits equals 21.

Last but not least, FAITH remains at the center of everything.

This collage feels so balanced. And at that time I felt my life was balanced.

Looking back. Reflection and introspection. This exercise is helping me look forward. And I am looking forward to more life balance in 2011.

What are you looking forward to in 2011?

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Hyper-realistic sculptures

May 14, 2010

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The gods grew quite scared…

September 20, 2008

Some of you may know I studied the Classics at UCLA—ancient Greek art, architecture and literature. One of my favorite stories is told in Plato’s Symposium. The comic playwright Aristophanes tells the story of the Origin of Love.

In John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig & the Angry Inch, they put it to music and animate it. It’s pretty awesome. I also found a video where someone illustrates the story on the actual pages of a Penguin paperback.

The Origin of Love


Clip from the film Hedwig & the Angry Inch


Video that illustrates the story

Corner of 45th & Judah

July 6, 2008

They painted this wall mural on the outside wall of this new restaurant opening up where vegan Feel Real used to be on the corner of 45th & Judah. It’s at least 8 or 9 feet tall.

The Getty Center

April 26, 2008

I found the gardens more exciting than the museum.

David Hockney turned hundreds of 4″x6″ into a single 4’x6′

Lift at the W

January 20, 2008

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The back wall of the elevators at the W in downtown SF are awesome! They’re floor-to-ceiling backlit HOLOGRAMS of the images above. These iPhone clicks do NOT do them justice.

9 pictures are worth 9,000 words

December 27, 2007

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When I got my first digital camera six or seven years ago, I took a long walk down Melrose Ave in Los Angeles and just clicked away. After downloading the 200+ images, I highlighted the ones that I liked. And within seconds I randomly arranged these images into 3 throws of 3. These 9 images, combined with their positions in this 3×3 grid, make up a story that I can tell over and over again.

Amsterdam in December

December 18, 2007

Click each photo for more images… 

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[ Architecture ]

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[ Bikes ]

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[ Grafitti/street art ]

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[ Canals ]

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[ Local art ]

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[ Stores/local businesses ]

View the entire set on Flickr

Leave, and wait for me. I will arrive.

December 16, 2007

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This American Life…ft Jesus H. Christ

November 27, 2007

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Artist and photographer – Brian McPherson

Notes to follow…

Spiralling

October 17, 2006

Spiralling images

If you like spirals, you’ll love this. Check it out 

Terror?

September 11, 2006

Terror? — A multi-media Art Exhibit

Event:  Multi-media exhibit
Venue:  Intersection for the Arts / Valencia & 16th

On the 5-year anniversary of 9/11, I visited the Intersection for the Arts gallery on Valencia and 16th. Tonight was the premier of Terror? The gallery website describes the exhibit as an international interdisciplinary project investigating how each one of us experiences fear and how it affects our lives.

What is terror? Who perpetrates it? How does fear control us, and the world around us? Who are we taught to be afraid of, why? What does fear cost? Where does personal fear intersect with larger societal and political messages of terror?

Angela told us about the exhibit earlier in the afternoon. Tonight was the opening night  reception. Who’s Angela? Angela is a friend from work, one of the grooviest ladies I know. From what I know of her, she’s beautiful inside and out—foxy, witty, talented, modest—and I found out last year she’s sick on a skateboard and can beat-box and rhyme freestyle. When I learned Angela was one of the featured artists, it was on. There was no way I would miss this opening.

So I get to the gallery at 7:30pm. There’s a crowd gathered outside. The staircase leading to the second floor gallery was hot and humid. Upstairs in the gallery it was wall-to-wall people. After a failed attempt to do a lap, I scanned the room to see if Angela was around. I didn’t see her, so I left. There was so much on display, but absolutely no way to view anything. I’ll come back when there’s more breathing room. Terror? will be there through November 11.

I did manage to snap a few photos with my RAZR telephone. Here is one that grabbed my attention instantly. I’ll credit the artist in a future post.

Terror?  — Artist submission