Jan 31 2010

Imagine

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imagine4

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religon too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
Imagine no possesions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
In a brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say i’m a dreamer
But i’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

on sunday’s i receive the NYT, i always feel somewhat disconnected from the rest of the world during the week…i watch very little television and this is where i fill up on the national/global scene.  upon perusal i am always struck with so much greed/ignorance/consumption/waste….mind boggeling! while i am behind the Obama’s one hundred percent i cannot imagine choosing this job, tho i can “imagine” a world without….can you?


Jan 30 2010

Let It Be

005/365

mother mary

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

speaking words of wisdom, let it be let it be.

ALL our kind mothers do speak words of wisdom, in voice, in action, in stillness. no matter the distance between our selves and our mothers in this life every living being on this planet has experienced the kindness/wisdom of another. if only for today we can “let it be” and let someone or something else receive your benefits…


Jan 29 2010

Sun King

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sunset

Here comes the sun king
Here comes the sun king
Everybody’s laughing
Everybody’s happy
Here comes the sun king

Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carathon
Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol
Questo abrigado tantamucho que canite carousel


Jan 28 2010

In My Life

003/365

from my bedroom windowThere are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

taken from my bedroom window…late evening it was raining…thoughts drift in and out…impermanence.



Jan 27 2010

Eleanor Rigby

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posterized

this man is homeless and is a regular in my hood, he wanders the streets daily and sits at this very spot everyday, hoarding plastic bags filled with trash, and i do mean trash. for the ordinary person they do not hold anything of value or substance but i imagine in his mind they are treasures of great worth. as i came around the corner he sat looking through his treasures and i was able to grab one shot…his look and then words to me were “NO”. i understood that my camera and i represented invasive attention though i am always struck by people placed on the streets by choice, mental illness, loss…always a loss, and how others like myself just walk by, drive by or look away. my state of AZ now resides second amongst the fifty states in foreclosures, we are forty-sixth (a rise from next to last!) in spending on education, we are now 9th in “the drunkest city”…and tonight our President speaks to us about….HOPE. this is the essence hidden in his eyes that you cannot see and because i could not capture the rich visual from the lyrics i will most likely be posting another photo with this title to do it justice…

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from ?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong ?

Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near.
Look at him working. Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?


Jan 26 2010

Project 365…

TODAY i begin a docujourney for 365 days, it is marked by my birthday and instead of celebrating “me”, i wanted to celebrate this precious human life we share.  i have decided to participate in a project thru flicker where you join this group, “project 365″, and then post a pic for everyday, a sorta docuphotage  with all the things that my or your mind imputes or creates. most will be inspired by the beatles lyrics (basically cause i needed something to motivate me outside of myself)…ya know they have over 300 recorded songs! i was never a fan growing up until quite recently i heard john…and well i fell in love with music again. another quality the photo will hold is an essence within quite virtuous in nature…

the other aspect of starting this project was to push my limitations outside of 3D. a different medium and format. it takes months and sometimes for me years to complete a work. photography is wonderfully in the moment…you can pick any moment and hold it for all to see.

And I Love Her

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dad2

I give her all my love
That’s all I do
And if you saw my love
You’d love her too
I love her

She gives me ev’rything
And tenderly
The kiss my lover brings
She brings to me
And I love her

A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her

mom/dad  01.26.2010


Jan 20 2010

workin it…still stoked!

journey continues

here is the link to the previous picture when i started this (6 weeks ago)… http://www.theasianwelder.com/2009/12/stoked/ as you can see things go at a very slow pace here. seriously, most of my works take months and there are a few that took a year or longer! as i stated in my earlier post this piece has no deadline and i am enjoying the time spent in my warehouse putzin around and feeling the direction instead of dictating how i “think” it should go. working with metal is very time consuming, at least for me, and sometimes i feel i need an immediate tangible creation…as a result i am embarking on a photography project to begin on january 26th. it will be a photo a day over exactly one year from the date! photography has always been a part of my life, documenting the growth of my two daughters (now 24/26!), keeping pictures of my works for submissions/patrons and a pastime i thoroughly enjoy. to celebrate a moment, any given moment, to freeze it and share with others….

i suspect my next entry will be my first photo for this project!

2010 thus far has been a stretch in pushing my limitations in creating…i hope you enjoy the view(s)! for a snippet…hit the link to the right titled “fotografias”.


Jan 13 2010

~ mirage ~

bouganvilla mirage

“The end of collection is dispersion.

The end of rising is falling.

The end of meeting is parting.

The end of birth is death.”

~ Buddha / Vinaya  Sutras

we begin a new decade, another generation, a new year. i find myself turning 50 this month and realize i have only begun to understand what this present life is ALL about!  it seems i ought to have known more, done more, been more….but truth is i have lived as fully as i knew how. when i read the quote above from Buddha it makes me grateful how i chose to live my life and how i choose to live it today because – E V E R Y T H I N G  is impermanent. Dharma was a major turning point in my life.  the difference on the outside is not visible but inside i have found a greater capacity to listen, love, appreciate, hold contentment longer, gain more compassion, give more and question innate views that no longer hold truth for me.

faith came to me very late in life…a belief in something without proof…i struggled to find it, searched for it since i was in grade school! seriously, i was one of those people whom could not understand how one developed, found, recognized or felt “it”. i went with friends to their churches in every denomination i can think of and even entered studies with meditation practices and some churches to learn and understand their rituals. nothing stuck or made sense! most people i questioned about a particular understanding or ritual would not know the answer but tell me “it is just what we do”… really?

i cannot judge why people have or hold faith in something or someone, i only know my mind cannot accept a spiritual practice without questions and answers that make sense. i rejoice in their blind faith and finally understand, my karma ripened.

in these degenerate times how do you find your happiness within?

bouganvilla 2010