Good news! The cherry, it’s coming

What is a photograph? You know when you see it! I do not no.

Sun light takes  8+  minutes to arrive on Earth  from the sun, and when it meets  resistance, such as an object, it  reflects based on qualitites of the object and if  there is a camera pointed  towards the object the reflection enters the camera and makes an image. Maybe too simple but

On film it is a  latent image be exposed later using chemicals and  specific procedures, but digital cameras record the light as digital information which means it can be read  and processed by a computer. Digital information  means that there is a standard space which is defined by a program (An OS is a program,).

Boston, downtown between Washington and Tremont, summer 1971, if you look closely  in the top left window you can see the reflection of trees from The Common. This performer would sing old Appalachian gospel songs, he was missing a few fingers and playing  an old Martin D-28.

street singer in Boston 1971

The pixels in a digital image maybe so small that the brain does not understand  the information from the eye  as different from continuous tone. The  human eye which also sends information  which is interpreted by the “body in general‚”  i.e,  knows by feeling. 

My shadow was waiting for an opportunity, to do what I was not sure or perhaps what I was not sure of doing, but I did that yesterday and probably will do it again tomorrow.


Why do people believe the things they believe?

What does it mean for  a person to believe something?

What is the “something  someone believes in?

How do we measure whether a person believes in something.


I like to  jog fast-walk in Alameda Creek, I try to do four miles everyday, I take my small camera  and wonder  is this the way it really looks ?, really feels?,


“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” I do not know who said it, should it be copyrighted?  Mathew Brady and Winslow Homer brought visual images of the Civil War to a mass consumer market.

Gary Holt and wife , long time Berkeley potter, now retired


The body can understand and make decisions on information  received through  the senses. as can the brain.  The body acts on a natural operating system, but the brain differentiates and defines and compares; it  basically thinks based on acquired  knowledge which is in words, or concepts, etc.

For a few years I was involved with the care of my mother, she had a stroke, memory loss and developed expressive aphasia. Me or my wife saw here everyday and I usually had a small camera with me.


What if the light was reflecting off of something we could not see, could we see the reflection? Yes! We make photographic image that the human eye can see  from  other kinds of waves, such as radio waves and images from space.

Hopes crushed by memories, at least its not a pay phone like I get in my dreams.


A friend sent me a link to a web site  with one of  my photos, for sale,  it seems the “subject matter is “Alley Compassion.”  Its the second row, column four, just below the “alley delight.”  If I am in SF chinatown and if I walk by this alley I take tis  photo, its different every time.  It seems they are selling a low res of the  web image,



And another page with four of my  shado images, actually when you scroll down  the page has more, it the point is made. Ha, ha, ha  ha    ha.


Is this a moment of the past brought to this present, without life??  A piece of Art is supposed to have some feeling in it?  A common feeling, A human feeling? A common feeling happens to many people when they view the art?

Westley in his tractor, Salem,  Maine 1970



Feeling,  a way of knowing involving  a general comprehensive response to information that you get through your senses. Often it may seem  immediate.

Many people smoked, by the time  I was this age, I had quit.


David  in the comfort of a cheap apartment contemplating the meaning of The Autobiography of Malcom X, circa 1968


I do not know what happened to this edge, it was film I probably  developed in my bathroom,  years later scanned it and made this image. This would be after I met my wife and before I knew her.


I may offer this class again, but it always seems as if the students know more than me and then I want to give them their money back but I have already spent it and I live on a fixed income which in the end means I have to offer a new class to get the money to pay back the people from the previous class and its a never ending cycle.






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