How Could You Forget

Two years ago I went to and wrote about a small ceremony in Berkeley, California for the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The ceremony included setting paper lanterns afloat on the Aquatic Park’s lake, a ceremony that mirrors the one practiced in Hiroshima every year on August 6. The feeling in Berkeley was …

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

In math, one half is one half. Add one half to another and you’ve got a whole. On paper it’s simple, unwavering, and absolute. You always get the same result. Except the world doesn’t exist strictly on paper. Take a half of one person and mix it with half of another, and yes, you do …

A Note on Film: Just Right

This is it, a moment. Regardless of all the struggles, disappointments, pain, and confusion, the fleeting spontaneous instants that occur and only reveal themselves as precious after the fact, when the moments are only memory but the feeling is still very real. Unconquered, led by the subconscious pursuit of happiness in whatever form it may present itself. Friends or family, …

Go Fourth Towards Independence

Ok, maybe it’s become a little more about grilling, funnel cakes, patience (or lack thereof) navigating through heavy traffic, and trying to find the best place to watch explosives colorfully detonate in mid air, but really, it’s the thought that counts.

Iron Photographer #218

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 218) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – something with a curved handle 2 – a beverage 3 – toy camera effect Daryl Dixon … The later years

Pride 2015

Is pride something that should be narrowly used to convey a sense of accomplishment or overcoming struggles, or should it be broadly interpreted to encompass a certain sense of belonging (e.g. ethnic pride)? Should it be reserved for individuals, or are groups allowed to have it collectively? The latter question is ridiculous, but the former, …

Iron Photographer #217

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 217) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a cartoon figure 2 – something used in cooking 3 – noir

Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

There are several theme’s I feel permanently attached to. Looking at the images here, you might think seeing the world in grayscale is one. You wouldn’t be wrong. Pay a little closer attention and you might think film is a reoccurring theme. Again, you wouldn’t be wrong. I suppose I could wax nostalgic about my …

Iron Photographer #216

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 216) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a body part 2 – something from nature 3 – double exposure

Iron Photographer #215

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 215) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – one or two spoons 2 – something that evokes wabi sabi 3 – very muted color

Iron Photographer #214

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 214) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a plastic bag 2 – something orange 3 – illuminated by interior sunlight falling on the floor (or other flat surface)

Iron Photographer #213

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 213) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a thing between your feet 2 – standing on something raised 3 – square format And yes, the snake is real.

Iron Photographer #212

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 212) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a thing in the palm of your hand 2 – your hand resting on a flat surface 3 – holga-fied

Iron Photographer #211

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 211) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a bowl 2 – something broken 3 – photographed simply Yes, the dog is the “something broken.” After noticing a steep decline …

The Imperfect Genius of Color

Is it possible to associate the sudden, mystical, and seeming flawless display of a rainbow to William Blake’s suggestion of crooked roads of genius? Maybe I’m crazy, but in my opinion, the answer to that question can be found walking around any busy place on any given day. When direct sunlight shines at just the right angle …

Iron Photographer #210

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 210) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – something that grips 2 – a mirror 3 – black and white

Iron Photographer #209

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 209) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – something that represents a pastime 2 – something that represents your work 3 – cross processing

Iron Photographer #208

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 208) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – something you really ought to throw away 2 – a lid 3 – vignetting

Iron Photographer #207

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 207) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – something in ice 2 – a Roshambo item 3 – shot on a counter top

Iron Photographer #206

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 206) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – something from the refrigerator 2 – a shirt 3 – muted color

Iron Photographer #205

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 205) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – three similar things 2 – a thing not like the others 3 – shot from ground/floor level

Turned Off

I consider myself a lucky man if for any other reason than the fact that I’ve got family that live in a seasonal tourist town. They live in a little seaside village on the little strip of North Sea Coast that Germany has. It’s not the “world renowned” sort of spot that has people from all …

Stricken Impression

In places where profound thoughts hide deep beneath the surface, covered in layers of the mundane. A simple and brief gesture snared at a glance can leave a vivid and long-lasting impression that this place and time have more to offer.

Out of the Way

Sundown had long passed and I wasn’t in a particularly good mood. I’d just come from an event that I wasn’t interested in going to in the first place. You know the kind, a social event where everybody puts on a collage mask of formal designer wear, glossy makeup, seldom worn perfume, counterfeit smiles, glad-handing greetings, …

Put Him Down

This is a face to look at, sweet stoic eyes, long nose, soft flowing fur. There’s life in this face. He want’s to eat, run, box, and chase things. He wants to howl at the screaming sirens of police cars, ambulances, and firetrucks. There’s nothing here that even remotely hints that he’s now stone dead, …

Everything’s Ruined

There’s a certain subset of tourism that if you stop to think about its purpose, is fascinating. Millions of people pay lots of money taking time out of their lives to go visit places that are more or less broken. The Parthenon, Machu Picchu, Alcatraz. There are even organized trips to Chernobyl. Whatever the reason, we seem …

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