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‘Dogs are our link to paradise..’

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” — Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

AMERICANS — Indians in American life

Seminoles, Braves, Redskins — Indian culture permeates American life from sports teams to table-top advertising. Upon entering the exhibit, there’s a sign titled Indians are everywhere in American life that reads:  “These images are worth a closer look. What if they are not trivial? What if they are instead symbols of great power? What if the […]

Enjoying the silence of GIFs

The mind fills a silent GIF with sound. The flags flickering in the wind, the lightbulb dancing at a Mexico City bar, to the whistle of leaves swinging outside your window. Living in the distraction era, noise is ubiquitous. Standing still, the decibels around turn up to match the horizon. But the calmer it becomes, […]

Walden, water, and wifi

One day we’re going to miss the powerful silence of the natural world, the way it smells and begs for an inquisition. That’s because “most people are on the world, not in it,” wrote the father of national parks John Muir. In putting a “fence around nature,” we lock ourselves into a secluded wall of […]

Weathered or not in New York

The weathered we address: What kind of weathered is it? It contains multitudes. Graffitied Exhausted Chipped Bruised Split Tourist Weather-ed Exposed Repaved Rushed ….Retrofitted and restored Weathered rock or stone, broken glass, ruptured pavement, blinding headaches, winters wear down New York but its city dwellers weather in, on, and through in flexible shifts. All photos by […]

Ascending Museo Soumaya

I spent a few days in Mexico City last week. One of our stops included The Museo Soumaya building in the upscale Miguel Hidalgo district. Designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, the curvy-shaped building contains five floors of European art, including the sculptures of Auguste Rodin. The above picture shows my older brother ascending the […]

The cheeky faces of Mexico City

From the masks of Mexico City’s cheeky lucha libra wrestlers to the walls of art in dive bars and parks, to the boyhood fervor of an old man in his special puppet, Mexico City is very much a lived experience. To quote Edward Burnett Tylor: “Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, […]

First stillness, then catastrophe

Transformation can be exciting, but it can also be retrograde. Change doesn’t mean better. Boredom with the status quo can sometimes beget darkness. The function of play, a style of art, a kind of government, are meant to be noisy but unrestricted. The stimulation of calm and collected still leaves space for the unimaginable and […]

Borders by VSCO

In its never-ending endeavor to augment mobile photography and enhance digital art, VSCO added Borders to its app today. The new feature allows VSCO X users to frame their images with 17 different color options. You can see some of my first efforts above. Filters aren’t dead. Nor are the wall decorations. Kudos to VSCO […]

Experiments in pink + orange

What’s interesting about distortion is that ordinary photos or videos can instantly become more interesting. VSCO has some excellent filters for converting your photos into different looks. While my favorite is still the Nike Sportswear Mars-like filter, I love the pink, blue, and orange effects as part of the VSCO D-series. All photography is in […]

Here today, gone tomorrow

Standing in Grand Central Station reminds us of the temporariness of life, that what’s here now can be gone in a flash. We should be dubious of ephemerality, especially in the internet world where things get consumed and promptly forgotten. Good feelings are equally fleeting; they ascend and descend like a sine wave. Instead, the […]

Temporary foliage

Constant and changing, the Fall comes around and whips durable trees into seasonal characters, reminding us that everything is temporary. The form is ephemeral, the roots are permanent. The colorful autumn foliage tree jettisons its leaves, falling without regret. The ‘e’ in leaf stands for effortless; its intuition accepts the will of the wind and […]

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