Observations from a Small City on the Edge of a Crumbling Tectonic Economy..

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I’ve lived in Seattle since November 25th 2004, and in that time I have seen some slow changes, lost touch with a lot of people who moved on, disappeared left town etc. It’s really not until 2013 that the physical changes happened in the city that I could start to think I was living in a dynamic place.

I’ve lived in Seattle since November 25th 2004, and in that time I have seen some slow changes, lost touch with a lot of people who moved on, disappeared left town etc. It’s really not until 2013 that the physical changes happened in the city that I could start to think I was living in a dynamic place.

I came to the US with an expectations of grandeur.

I was really surprised when I got to New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and DC and was hit in the face with the fact that these were aging cities, and the sense that the people living there, really didn’t have much actual control or say over anything that went on, because democracy got in the way. Id assumed the US was bright shiny and new.
As a European, I had always grown up with places that were maintained and there was a real sense of local pride and everyone was involved in it.

Over the years and traveling around, I’ve seen enough of it to tell me that this country is definitely a continent in decline. A place strangled by conservative values, and disregard for everything except money.

The US is definitely not a place I want to grow old in, and yet, I don’t know where else there is now that hasn’t adopted the same capitalistic values, and with that the utterly destructive nature of that which is held in high regard: individualism.

 

 

Ernst Haas

In sorry to say that it’s only now, 25 years into my career, that I am becoming aware of Ernst Haas. The publicly available repertoire of the man’s photography is immense. His philosophies of remaining independent and never adhering to a dedicated style are self evident.

A quote from the Ernst Haas Estate website affirms to me, now 25 years on, that my personal belief and instinct were correct all along;

“Still, I don’t want to declare there are no highways of fruitful directions. In learning there are. Follow them, use them and forget them. Don’t park. Highways will get you there, but I tell you, don’t ever try to arrive. Arrival is the death of inspiration. Beware of direct inspiration. It leads too quickly to repititions of what inspired you. Beware of too much taste as it leads to sterility. Refine your senses through the great masters of music, painting, and poetry. In short, try indirect inspirations, and everything will come by itself.”

Be aware of forward inspiration, but reverse-engineer everything, think backwards and look for the defining characteristics and recurring foundations in everything. Everything else is just dressing. 

the legacy

“…the act of thinking thoroughly through a scene and preempting a moment to capture it, comes with experience. The experience shows when is the right moment to take the shot. Because the shot is a legacy of that decision…”

EyeCup for A7s

Just about the only frustration I have had with the A7s is the fact there is NO available eyecup for it. If I am hand-holding I prefer to shoot video with a camera to my eye for a few reasons. There is as of this time (April 2015) no commercially available eye-cups available for this amazing cinema camera..
So I made by repurposing commercially available parts.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

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DIY Sony A7s Eye Cup design prototype.

Amazing Environmental Audio from Maha Kumbh Mela

I’ve been back from India just over a year now, back living in the US and in that time its been a real struggle, both on a personal level and financially.
Looking back on that time, a half-year spent in India, thinking about it and thinking about how much I miss it, and yearn for the Utopian chaos to run through my veins once more.
I have edited my photography over and over trying to extract the essence of the experience. However the personal journey that India was to me, has obscured my objectivity, something that only time can distill.
I have started once again on the editing process, going back over the audio recordings I made, and in doing so, had an epiphany about the work. I realize that I have no choice but to go back to India, and capture more audio, this time with an expanded kit. And to dedicate much more time and effort into making quality environmental recordings.
Audio recordings offer a taste of reality that video and photography simply cannot touch. Where video has to be constructed to make a compelling presentation, and photography provides specificity, and depth, that depth is within just that contextual intimacy.
Audio offers a living reality of time based exploration. Audio treats the consciousness to a wide layered mental vision, one that the mind is intrinsically connected to, there is no learning to listen, whereas there is learning to read photographs.

This Location Sound during the Anup Jalota concert at Pilot Baba’s Ashram camp 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, Sangam Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh India. I had decided to walk around the sector 9 area where the ashram was located, about 7 miles from the actual main bathing area.
You can hear all of the local sounds, and the far distant sounds of the millions (130,000,000 to be more accurate) of pilgrims who existed at the ‘city’. Headphones highly recommended. Sit back and enjoy the Mela as I did for thirteen minutes.

Pride Festival, Seattle 2014-06-29

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

Brain Blame.

Im watching the compiled videos of Elliot Rodger.
My thoughts on the guy are that he’s terribly dislocated from reality. He has no perspective. It seems from his language that he has been fed something, I’m not sure where it comes from but he is definitely selectively filtering to something which has probably been coming to him for a long time. A child soaks everything up, and I think somewhere along the way he started filtering out all of the other ‘normal’ stuff because the one true consistent thread to him was comforting and steadfast.

I honestly feel sorry for him; take away the trappings of wealth and the padding privilege denies your senses of, and you are left with a child who has no concept of how to compete in the world. Prop that child up with misguided rhetoric and single sided psychology and unfathomable society hype and you get; an abused child. The child does not become an adult on a birthdate. I understand and am intrinsically aware that we all make choices, and we all theoretically know right from wrong. But where does the choice of choice begin and end? What if the choice is already made for you by the lack of options available to you? Whether they are truly not available to you, by standards of society, is of no consequence if your perceived choice is what it is because you are blinkered to a wider array of information.
Luckily most of us have come to some point where we can see other facets of life, to see behind the opinions we’ve formed so that we can form new ones, with multiple perspectives and multiple motivations, but some of us don’t get to that point for reasons of distraction, being distracted by mere survival, whether that be surviving in poverty or surviving yourself, what I call survival mode. Psychological damage, early on and repeated cycles and patterns, become the cause of ignoring important and learning curves because there are other things going on that pose a bigger greater threat over the course of time, which in turn lays a foundation of reactive or evasive behavior unbeknownst to the self, its like being handed a flare that will call the helicopter, when lost in heavy waters, and there’s a log in front of you. Which are you going to go for? If you already know what the thing is, and what it will do for you, then you will probably make the right choice. But, if the thing that offers you immediate relief, is not much effort away and doesn’t have to be decrypted in a language you haven’t been prepared to understand, then you are likely to make the wrong choice. Effectively; you will make the only choice open to you, because of your lack of options.

It’s easy to call him a misogynist, and yes, and if you look at all the evidence that’s what he became. But he wasn’t a misogynist by choice. He didn’t have enough life in him to get him to a point where he could back it up with real solid undeniable and arguable hatred for girls. Maybe there were other pressures, ones that he as yet could not recognize. Perhaps there were fissures that somewhere down the line of life, if he had lived it a bit longer, he might just have come to a realization that the girls he hates are in fact more a statement about the need to be loved cherished and nurtured, not just handed a padded life, talked at, put on a pedestal and objectified, but truly loved and valued.

It is my belief that he was an incidental misogynist because his hatred was probably actually fear. On the surface he was a cocky self-centered shit, and its so easy to throw down the artifacts of disdain (thus separating us from him), and I do it here because I’m appealing to the lowest common denominator who is expecting a biscuit, or a token of my understanding and empathy among the debris of my psycho-babble. But we all become something from something else, so where did he get it from? Blame the parents? Or this horrible monstrous society we have let run completely out of control which needs some parenting in of itself.

It is so easy to blame society, that Im aware of, yes, but society really is to blame, because the soup that is society is the passive current of our group subconsciousness which we have set up to fail ourselves by allowing ourselves to follow the tacit flow of ease to which advertising has become the tactile garments of our group recumbence. Am I suggesting that society be curtailed? No, I am not, but I am asking, if, perhaps we start to consider the possibility of a greater discussion about how dirty the room we lounge in has become, and what it will take to recognize the concerns from the ground up.
I know this argument well. As an immigrant, I still see Americas problems are rooted in its desire to be as democratic to all which in theory is wonderful, but it’s really not happening, we are not democratic to all, we are selective and biased and self-centered. The conservatives want to be heard, and so they shall. The liberals want to be heard and so they shall, and apart from which color you choose those opposing forces really cross over each others lines about two seconds after crossing the starting line. So knowing that, perhaps we should just cut to the chase and get on with the job of making the choices that are best for everyone’s needs regardless of their wants.

#Elliot #Rodger #ElliotRodger