Rogue lines, a photoset

The square lines represent a movement. Sometimes lines appear infinite. On different occasions, the lines blur. Lines also run diagonally. Lines can get squiggly, as in life. Lines like to find the holes, blurring their objects. All lines are nonetheless imaginary, even arbitrary, a simulation of code drawn from the head. PS. ‘The map is not the territory‘ […]

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Human rationality and craziness

The most successful people are both rational and crazy. As much as robots and artificial intelligence threaten our creativity, there will be some people who cultivate the randomness of thought to continue innovating. Wrote Jean-Luc Godard: “It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.” See the world, not its […]

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 […]

Stuck in traffic 🚦

Nowhere to go, a forced patience at the mercy of algorithmic street lights. No right on red, Big Brother proclaims. When we’re stuck at the corner, there isn’t more to do than look at the variations of our surroundings. The city never stops. Why should its people, albeit looking blankly inscrutable? PS “Diplomacy is 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 […]

The car with a dragon tattoo

The leaves grow sideways, unimpeded from the downward force of nature. The car with a dragon tattoo also roars its way into the future. 2017 is the end of the past Revisiting the roots, 2018 promises to bend into unusual shape.

From foam parties to climbing Machu Picchu, my favorite images of the year

Let’s start off with the least significant photo of the year. I shot the below soap bubble pool party while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. While it’s my most downloaded photo on Unsplash, the only thing it reminds me of is the period where I was trying to finish up my book. Stuck in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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