There are not many countries in the world which have been through major shift events through time. Japan is one of which has been through so much, and in my personal view the beautiful and most interesting place to be. The rebuilt is taking time, but coming along fairly well. Sometime, learning comes in a hard way, but it also guides us a way that we can’t learn by any other means. Once again, life has been proved, and how we go through it is a key to better of who we are.
I am deeply moved by what I have seen and learned from Japan. While I am losing my faith on today humanity, Japan shows me that there is always hope. It teaches me to look back at myself in a new way.
March29 2014 las Vegas.
What is a photograph?
Image : one morning in Yosemite valley, California. America.
Feb28-2014. Las Vegas.
Last week I got an email from a lab which I always take my films to get processing saying that this is a last call for an E-6 processing. Even though I have been aware of this matter of fact for sometime, still I was kind of shock, and felt sad that it is going away. 20 years down the road, I will be in my late 50’s, we will see that slide film become something collectable!
I have grown up on a generation which saying that if one wants to get good, shoot slide!!! This term is now gone. That leads me to think of what a contemporary theme would be for this digital age… Share with me if you know… please.
Photography is like everything else. People almost always get excited about something new, but one thing that people seem to not mention about when it comes to a deep connection to oneself…
Everything gains more value through time. How much, and how long can we do something in one human life span is, for me, something that I every interest in. I can not go back in time to do what people I admire did, but I can do something that within my 40 years time I have left. With tools I have grown up with. With idea and believe that inspire me to do what I do today. Perhaps, someday something that I do will inspire someone like people who came before me did to me.
That where the meaning really is.
Set the location after sunset. Wait for the sky to fade to black. Expose the film. pick up the camera at 3:30am. Drive 80 more miles to shoot sunrise. Might be something interesting to see after all. Hang tight.
p.s Thank you to Travis Roe for the image, and many more.
Sunday Dec30, 2012. 3:30am.
A lot of things I have experienced lately brought me so many answers to questions that once I did not know the answer nor even noticed that there were questions up in my head. I now realize that sometime it is good to get older even though a lot of you or most of you would disagree with the idea of being old is good. Well, not all of it is good that I totally agree with you. The health is starting to give me some problems such as backache, eye sight start to go, and etc, but it is not all bad.
I now learn to take time, even more than I used to be, to really do something, think of something, and approach to something in ways that I could not think that I can before.
One more day and 2012 will be the past. So many things happen this year….The world did not end 9 days ago. Somehow I still don’t know what was the end of the world prediction based on and where it really came from. However, this time was the second time in my life. Let’s see when will be the next one.
Photography…. umm It is now getting to where I don’t think that I know where it is going, but I still know where is my kind of photography will be…. stay the same. It is like making whisky, the more years is the better. Now as I mention above that I have learned and noticed more about myself. It is not only the look now that would be enough for me…. I need its taste. I like to feel its motion. I want to touch it with not only eyes. I love its story, history, and everything that it makes me feel. Here on, for me, the look, object, doesn’t do much to me anymore, and I can say that it is not almost important to me. I am finding my way to learn more about how, why, what for that I want to make something as art.
Today, I make less work than I used to do, but what I make is coming from my better understanding point of myself. I have slowly realized to myself about the object that I make is not perfect, there is no need to be perfect, nor the best, what is the best….( no one know even if someone refers to know or be… who cares. )
Then why I am trying to make art work???
Simply because…. it makes me HAPPY, ALIVE, EXITING.
So if you are happy with whatever you are doing, you are doing the right thing.
I am with you to say to not living the past, but sometime the past inspires the future. I lately have looked back to my 10 years of works that I have made between 2002-2012. I don’t think I could do what I did all over again. Even if I could, the moments, spirit, inspirations, and the drive won’t ever be the same which will make the differences on final works. However, I know that we are as good, as who we used to be, but on a new direction!
When I think of the way I approach to art, I feel like I am collecting objective ideas, and used my products ( my artwork objects ) as a bridge to get me there.
We can’t touch it even it is real, but we always know that it is THERE….
Happy new year 2013 everyone.
The morning after the Election day brings new hope, direction, and dream to many in the world. This is one such a country that influencing many things in this world. I wish and hope to see that this new day moves forward our world to be a batter place, and more peace for all of us.
Art of photography show 2012.
Archival pigment print.
Edition: artist proof 1/2
41″x32″ wooden white frame.
I would like to invite you to be part of an opening night of the show on Sep29, 2012, and a lecture day on Sep30. If anyone happen to be in San Diego during those days, please stop by to say hi. I will be there both days, at the opening, and the lecture . It will be fun to see works from many artists from around the world.