Abotherless place

SF’long way from home

Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

Photography brought the world to the world.

The smart phone has made it even more ubiquitous, and someone’s sense of humor.

The world is about 7.75 billion people. Its likely most of those people—us—understand what is a photograph.

The “photograph” has a common meaning, not in its content, but its form which defines the meaning of the content. . Show someone a photograph and they will identify it as a photograph.

They may not have a common interpretation as to what they see in the photograph . . .

but they agree this is a photograph and when they ask What is it? , they expect to find an answer.

When they ‘know‘ its a photograph, the mind generates an image of what it should look like, and when its different, the mind wants to know who manipulated the image. “Who Photoshopped it?”

Alameda Creek

What kind of changes did public education bring to this country? And/or to the world?

There are federal laws, mandates, rules, guidelines, and state laws, mandates, rules, guidelines, and local laws, mandates, rules, guidelines,

And there are individual personalities distributed throughout each bureaucracy . . .

each individual twisting and turning their network of influence in directions not necessarily compatible with the purpose of the bureaucracy

The idea of public education is that life has changed, where in early history education occurred in families through chores, tasks, and responsibilities, apprenticeships;

as humans evolved with increasing technological advances, divisions of labor and complex economic interrelationships . . . A standard set of adult skills was identified and came to be taught in schools.

Basic language, basic math—As society keeps changing, these skills are constantly being redefined.

Public education meant that kids attended, compulsory attendance, public schools in an orderly fashion.

Student socialization experiences increasingly occur with other students of their own age. The situations of the schools—locations, finances, etc— come to play an important part in the socialization experiences of the students. They develop their own norms based on their social experiences with each other, semi-independent of family or village elders.

Students develop their own norms and a more commonsense of reality based more on their experiences with each other, and less with family or village elders, but still in the presence of adult professionals with a more common standard across the country than local communities.


Looking west from Albuquerque NM, the land is flat desert and the path of the late afternoon sun light can be relatively closer to the Earth without being blocked.

Minnesota plains are windy, upon arriving it quickly becomes an unconscious habit to make sure anything you put down is weighted enough not to blow away.

Driving down the driveway/road to the house, the second floor windows are seen. It was an empty house used as a barn for storage by the couple that lived in a trailer at the turn off. He had stored a barrel of salted fish only to return later to find a bear had broken in and ate the fish. Revenge— so he bought another barrel of fish, put it in place and started spending nights there, with a firearm.

An old farmhouse with a small apple orchard in the front yard, a wood stove and a pump in the kitchen, a gas refrigerator and gas lights.

Somerville neighbors on a warm afternoon

Rolling a joint in the 1960s, everyone patiently waiting . .

Fifty years later holding moms hand in rehab.

Each story has its own picture , don’t push back.

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi svaha

End means and less sons

“Its deplorable that they died this way, simply because their lord held them dear. This is an old custom, but there’s no reason to adhere to convention if it causes them harm.”

Emperor Suinin (fourth century Japan) in response to the custom of burying the attendants alive along with the deceased.on the death of someone from the emperor’s family. After listening to them weep and moan for several days until their death at his brothers funeral he began the custom of using Haniwa, pottery sculptures created to represent the loyal attendants to be buried with the family member in the place of real attendants..

The east entrance to Yasukuni Jinja with its aggressive and dominating stone torii sets the feeling for a visit.

For 3 1/2 years I was involved with care for my mother who suffered a stroke, memory loss and expressive aphasia., while she lived through memory care, an operation with two months of rehab and another memory care facility.

I would visit her in the evenings and after dinner maybe walk around outside or visit in her room. It `was interesting to experience this kind of a relationship with my mother. I wonder how much can we know somebody?

Think of how you view yourself, and think how others view you and compare.—The1 latter is a measure of objective you can be.

I was there during physical therapy.

At first she was fed in bed, later moved to an eating room for people who needed or may need help of any sort. She did not know, and usually did not care, where she was., I tried to understand what her mind was like when I was there.
She never gave up.

That is one reason we chose a memory care facility—so mom would have an opportunity to develop new relationships with other people. .I think it worked, even though the relationships with fellow residents and professional caregivers might seem a little strange, it gave her challenging things to do.

She was called Lynn , or Rosamonde, depending on your relationship with her. and Rosy by her high school classmates.
This was in Union Square, Somerville, about 1972. Lynn is a city up the tracks by train from Somerville.

Alameda Creek

I don’t make much difference between the people and the wall, the house and trees, its all color, lines, shape, gestures, textures, values . . .

A mother and son, they ride everyday. Over the years I have seen him grow up on his bike rides.

People find meanings when they see a photograph, a meaning related to their experiences.

In general people think and feel that a photograph is an image made using ligh compatible to the human eye . A photograph is an acceptable form of legal identification . . . That is what it REALly looks like.

The photographic print itself has a certain unique characteristic feel to it . . a feel consistent from any photograph to another . ..

A person sees a photograph, they immediately and unconsciously, feel and define it is a photograph, and unconsciously, give it the category and qualities of a photograph— one of which is this is what it really looks like.

Like a wood block print or an etching. the photographic print has a unique look and feel all its own.These photographs look different than “reality’ and still feel like a photograph.

The term “graphic arts” traditionally refers to a process which produces multiple identical images, which are printed

A photograph is an image made from capturing reflected light and that“ captured light”, whether on film or digital can be used to make multiple identical images

In this computer era, to most people “graphic” means a visual image and it may be original, one of kind art. Someone may say “Look at the “cute graphic“ to refer to a visual image printed or to a cute drawing hanging on the wall.

In a marketing meeting, someone suggests “some kind of graphic” would be good for the package. or on the ad. Another may say “Can we do this graphically” meaning not an image which will be used to reproduce a same identical image but a visual to communicate something.

This may seem like a minor difference,—in its traditional use graphic refers to a process which is used to create multiple identical images; in the other its the image itself that is called the graphic , even if its one of kind and not printed.

Humans will see an image and give it properties as defined by their mind. This is how learning a language gives people a common unity by giving them a common set of words with shared meanings —it would be a mess if each individual had to create their own language and then every time they “talked” to others had to learn a different language in order to communicate. Humans are social, they do not and cannot exist as individuals and it it is this quality of “socialness” of humans that separates them other living things.

A photograph is a real image of something— “see a photograph, what is “it.” It is the mind that tells you what you see and it is this process of mindful interpretation that unites human language,

That is why my photographs are not concerned with a common reality. Rather than a visual record of a specific moment between the past and present, these images emphasize implied visual information such as textures, patterns, lines, color—the photograph is separate from a common reality, maybe searching for what cannot be seen in the common reality.

Its still an image made from recording light and even though it still feels like a photograph, there is no reason to wonder “What is it? . . . there is know more than what you see.


For some years I wondered about this boy, now a man, sitting on the sidewalk along Market Street, smoking a cigarette, wearing a red hoodie and has his own plastic lighter. When I look at some of my images, they feel intrusive of someone’s personal privacy, maybe so, Where many people view a photograph as a visual record of a moment in time for me they seem to be stories of myself.

When I see what people do, how they behave, who they are—I see a reflection of myself —

We are the other people
We are the other people.
You are the other people too.
Got to get through to you.

Lyrics by Frank Zappa

A breakfast burrito on the street at the intersection of Montgomery and Marke

I make images of myself because I am a convenient model, available whenever I feel like it, and free.

Speaking lightly, who am I? teasingly confronted visually,

Once I make the original light image I can manipulate it to seek out who I am or seek sides of myself not available in a mirror,

That’s when I ask, “Is this my life?, and even when I am outside and alone looking in, I can breath “Mu!!.” Where is my original face.

Is there more to life than arranging the fruit correctly?

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Shallow shelters, sundry seens

Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.

The Adventures 0f Tom Sawyer Preface written by the author

Hartford, 1871 Harpers & Brothers New York Copyright 1920 Mark Twain Company

The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or never looked through them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her street pair.t he pride of her heart, and were built for “style” not service—she could have seen through a pair of stove-lids just as well.She looked perplexed for a moment, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear: . . .

. . . Well, I lay if I get ’hold of you,, I’ll—

From the first page of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Hartford, 1871 Harpers & Brothers New York Copyright 1920

Alameda Creek

Along Alameda Creek life goes on, there is more, or less, water in the creek, more or fewer geese and ducks, seasonal changing vegetation the ever changing sky . . . and ones mental attitude.

These images will not tell you something you know or don’t know, Sometimes it may seem that reading the words is the price to see the images, but then again you do not have to read the words.

These past weeks people all over the world have been watching a daily reality TV show of putin using the Russian army to attack Ukraine, murdering innocent people, destroying infrastructure, stealing property, and from some reports, plundering, torturing and raping.

For perhaps the first time international television news is available via smart phone all around Earth, in real time or very close to real time—the world is watching the murder of innocent people by putin’s russian army.

What are they thinking??

Enabled by the legal legitimization defending the of carving up Earth into sovereign.geo-political units based on conditions in history which no longer exist, the world has changed? but people have not.

What we see is what human behavior is, we need to also ask what was it through history what can we learn from that hjstory.. Later we can consider any future plans.

Putin can do this without negative action taken to stop him because of the common acceptance of the principle of a sovereign geo-political unit, the nation state . . .War —acceptable until it isn’t.

.Nation states claim the sovereign right to kill people “to defend itself— the country..”

The nation state claims the right to send their own citizens to kill others, and die doing so, to defend itself.

Through history we people have seen and recorded the behaviors which enabled human beings to survive, evolve and have a history looking backwards we see a history of inhumanity, and humanity as well . That does not mean it was necessary to behave like that to get here. . . Sufficient, perhaps but not necessary. and not necessary to continue them,


Temples in Japan and perhaps else where in Southeast Asia, are places where individuals come to pray at their own choice of time, and place, different than coming once a week to a group church service, maybe the latter enables the congregation to see who’s been good or bad.

Community events happen on temple grounds, and there may be classes in Buddhism, perhaps classes in kendo, ikebana, Cha-do, whatever

And chanting may be open to the public.

Looks kind if imposing when its empty.

Sometimes you are all alone–bow, clap your hands, ring the bell, make a small financial donation—and on your way. .

The temple and shrine grounds are usually open to individuals any time, no priest watching you. or telling you.

There was no wedding service here I think, usually weddings are done at shrines. or sometimes even in churches—its more of visual thing, some Japanese like the ceremony and clothes. I was there when they arrived and after they left, probably a PR or News shoot.

Wood blocks from a temple, respectively LtoR., intaglio, relief and a prove from the relief. The first block uses old style Chinese Seal Script— The proof has the Japanese pronunciation. The “Silk Road” from hundreds of years BCE was not only a distribution system for goods from one place to another, but also a place where Buddhism, as well as other religions and, knowledge in general, was circulated and dispersed

For many years Buddhist sutras were printed this way—as likely were other religious groups. Chinese were using wood to print since 200BCE. and movable type from 1040 AD; the Gutenberg press using movable type from around 1440.. and “written knowledge” to be spread from Europe across Asia to China .A copy of the Diamond Sutra from the sixth century is the oldest Buddhist printed sutra known .

People like drum sounds, when drummers are playing in public people will stop and listen. Who leads, who follows, who enjoys playing more? Sometimes I think that Warhol’s whole life was a single painting stroking to the beat of the Velvet Underground . In early films some peoples were shown using drums as a (primitive) method of communication, passing along information from place to place, but for any kind of detailed information you need 1) people from different places with the same drumming skills, and 2) a common detailed sound language. Language works great with sounds and graphics.

Earth spent .543 billion years arranging itself, this is what our world looks like today, I wonder from where did the raw materials come to make this station stare and what did people do to get them here.?

SiddarthaGuatuma had four seens: sickness, old age, death and the ascetic..

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Weighting forego, dough?

I prefer to go slo o o o o o o o o o o o o o then godot.

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A painting on a building along Market, St and the east end of UN plaza. All kinds of people will be here everyday. The first time I came from around a corner, saw the building, the “local business men” lining the sidewalk and then the painted part of the building was bright in the sunlight. I got into a conversation with the father of the artist who painted it, I wanted to know how she did it, he thought I was judging the it.

The man feels safe enough to rest with his eyes shut, or perhaps is even sleeping, while riding BART. How does he know where to get off? How does he know when to wake up ? How does he know?

Where ever I have been I never fit in much . . .

I can understand feeling alone in a group, . . .

even a group united with a common cause..
Do you believe the world can be a better place?

Alameda Creek

A photograph is that small moment connecting the past and the future. Does it make any difference in the photograph if that moment of exposure time was longer or shorter? Well not really, Its not a matter of collecting more information but the camera adjustments controls the light which comes into the lens to record an image which can be sensed by the human eye and the exposure time may be adjusted to get the image which is seeable by the eye. . Do we see in the photograph what we see when we see it.? or Do we see what we think we see.

The light we are seeing from outer space now is very old, compare it to our day light which we are seeing about 8 minutes old or seeing the face of someone standing in your face while experiencing an adrenaline rush.

Why is light from space so dim, is this the best our eyes can do? Is the problem the light is so dim or our eye cannt see it.

Light travels through the Universe in waves but interacts as a particle. Light is photons which behave as waves when traveling and as particles when interacting with some thing which detects them, such as the human eye. Traveling through space the waves stretch out and get dimmer.

Imagine a powerful star very very far away from Earth and in between a very large number of planets and stars, galaxies even, with each one reflecting, i. e., blocking parts of or all of the light from the far star as it travels towards Earth. As scientists get the pieces it must be like a jig saw puzzle which you assemble over long periods of time.

What happens when light meets light? Light coming from the far away star passing through other solar systems (on its way to Earth) will pass through light originating from other stars —Will light from the far away star join with, pass by or even interact at all with newer light it meets while on its journey to Earth.

Because Earth will reflect/absorb the light from the far away star any planet or light detector on the other side of Earth will not experience (detect) that light and whatever information it carries.

When light interacts with some solid thing which does not let the light pass through it may absorb and reflect, sending the light in another direction . . . on another path somewhere else in the Universe. Or perhaps the camera catches the soul of the photo, imprisoning it forever or until the image, like love, just fades aways.

All this time perhaps the wave, the part which moves through space until it is detected, is carrying the image information until it reaches an interaction and converts to particles , maybe randomly scattering an image here or there.

The camera is a tool to detect and record this image information and put it on film and paper or make a digital image which needs a screen to print on. We could make a camera to “see” the history of the whole Universe as it passes us by as it becomes too dim to see.

Perhaps as long as light is traveling through space, as a wave, it carries no visual information. but once it reflects off something, it carries visual information.

Does the light convert back from a particle to a wave continue to carry the image information? Once its a particle it can it reconvert back to a wave? And would it still contain the visual information?

Maybe light is a bunch of images searching for a medium (light detector), just a living camera in itself, and the Universe is full of “latent images” embedded in light, just waiting for an opportunity to “bang into something ” and print itself out.

Alameda Creek Trail runs along Paseo Padre from Thornton to Decoto Road. Just above Isherwood, on the Oakland side, I don’t know the story, I read it long ago, I believe a death of a young female. For many years some one or some people always put In Memory flowers there.

Perhaps there is no end to the Universe, the light, after so far going out—if light would have such a choice?—has stretched so thin, it has dimmed so much, here is not enough light for the human eye to see. I guess that would be “dark matter,” —Not really a quality of the matter but an absence of light. Make’s you wonder .“What the hell is light?”


Myanmar has faced many political difficulties during the past years. Here are efforts of, perhaps immigrants, to improve the lives of others.

Brother/sister faces in a window, Cambridge, 1971., somewhere down Magazine Street from Central Square., That’s over fifty years ago,

I wear the red vest walking almost every day, I wear vests because I like to have the pockets.

Oribe chawan posing for a snapshot

If I get there too early the sun is not low enough to light the face. and I wonder how many people actually reflect thoughtfully on the things they say they believe in.

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi svaha

Mythchievous inconceptions

I see, thus I be

Sewer on a Tokyo Street

Toyodo City, used to be Obara-mura until Toyodo City increased its tax base by merging . Obara is the only place in Japan where 10,000 rare shikizakura (四季桜, “four-seasons-cherry blossom”) cherry trees grow, which bloom twice a year in spring and autumn. 

Fsrmhouse in Obara-mura

Thinking one and two dimensions are not real, they do not exist in Nature; they are concepts which we use in daily life. A shadow has no depth, its not a “normal “thing, it has no material substance but its not a concept–we can see it. Its the absence of light. If you stand in one place the shado moves around you, naturally.

From Shado Series

No one is being fooled? In Tokyo subways there is no talking on the phone, Internet and texting, ok, as long as it}s quiet Once on BART there was a guy talking personal stuff on the phone with a therapist,–loudly– his mother had just died, –that morning– and he1 was not there. After about 15 minutes of this, the subject changes to he has cancer and he is dying.. We had about 45 minutes of this.

Alameda Creek

Is what we see a matter of biology?

Many life forms have eyes, ears, mouth, taste and smell and while they use the same physical senses as we do some use their same senses for knowing differently than upeople

When the camera is adjusted properly, it creates a photographic image meaningful to the human eye,

Meaningful means people look at the photograph and unconsciously, without thinking, by feeling, know what the things are in the photograph. and what is their relationship to each other.. When the unconscious has questions about this a warning alert activates “conscious looking.” as it begins to form words and make a literal question in the mind.

Knowledge and skills are learned from others..

One quality of humans in general is that individuals naturally differentiate “things” from each other. and give them a name. For example, what can be eaten from what cannot be eaten? Berry–a logical step in evolution and those that did it naturally would survive,

Sometime people see the same photograph, can admit it has not been “photoshopped” and still have different descriptions of the photograph.

Humans not only differentiate one thing from another but give it a name–a sound or a written symbol –to be used as language. Language ,at its very root of existence, is a social quality, Humans learn from each other doing the normative behavior of survival ,

Many of the words we use are not really the thing in itself, but just sounds and words which over time people came come to use. This s a tree, not because it is a “tree as named by the Universe” but because people agreed in the past and by using the word are daily agreeing in the present to call it a tree.

We did not have a name for it before, and there was no dictionary, no manual, and no youtube with do-your-self videos. People have language, which differentiates us from other animals which may have developed sounds with have common meanings

Little birdie, little birdie
Come and sing me your song.
Got a short time to stay here.
And a long time to be gone.

Over 20 years ago in spring and fall, the migrating red-wing blackbirds used to appear in tens of thousands along Alameda Creek . . .then they disappeared for over 10 years maybe global warming changed their migration

But a person being able to say or write a word does not mean that person understands its meaning,

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.

Through theLooking Glass Lewis


Science is a tool for finding knowledge., for knowing . Many people seem to believe that science, like The Bible, should have answers for any and all problems, . . .

But Science is not a storehouse of knowledge as much as a process, a method of knowing to understand the Universe . In our society Technology uses science to do things. such as solve problems.

When a new problem occurs, science may not have an answer–such as the Covad virus– and Science seeks to find it, . . using a specific behavior called the scientific method.

The problems science has found answers to are no longer problems, or perhaps thought of as “problems solved.”

Unlike a religious text which has “answers” for any and all problems–though the reader has to mix in some of their fears and hopes– the scientific method is not magic. Answers do not magically appear without disciplined practice– empirical method, hypothesis, experiment, data, analyzation and concept/theory development, trials. and peer review.

There are failures along the way, and often “critics“ of science are all too eager to point at failures in research as proof that the process of science itself is a failure. But failure is an essential part of scientific knowing, ,it sorts things out.

And in science, even when some success has been achieved, knowledge has been established which is acceptable to science, even then future criticism, using the scientific method, may find changes to be necessary.

Even only a couple hundred years one way we knew “things” was because of the empty space –air– between them, such as between a mountain and a tree. Now, because of science we know that “air” is not “nothing,” but a bunch of small particles we cannot see with the normal human eye.

Photographs began as things we see with the human eye, recorded with a cameras, Now cameras are able to record images beyond the light sensitive to the human eye giving us a view of the Universe which was off limits to human biology. A photograph is our material record of a moment between the past and the future. Until humans came along the Universe just went on doing things with no records of itself and its achievements.

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi svaha