Chinese Lunar New Year
The Tiger is the third of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Tiger is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 寅.The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. Many Chinese kids wear hats or shoes with a tiger image for good luck.
A little bird thinks I would like to become a member of this family 😊 The calligraphy “家” is a family in a house .The Tiger of the year will bring you safety, health, happiness and luck in all your endeavors..
Drawing by Janney
People’s eyes sense light, and the camera will make an image using light, and if adjusted “correctly,” the image will look like “thing” at people see, “things” for which we have a name.
The camera can also make other versions— an alternative reality—of the image — such as out of focus, or over/ under exposure,
Are such images any less “real?”
They may be less “real” to people, certainly when the wedding photographer delivers “out of focus” images we would reject them.
But in or out of focus they are all real photographs just t to us,the images are “not “real,” —Its not what we paid for.”
And if we refused to pay the photographer and went to court, we would win, The court would agree they are not “real” photographs,.
Marshall McLuhan told the (circa 1950’s) story of two women meeting on the street, one with a baby and carriage. “ What a beautiful child” to which the mother replies, “Oh, you should see her photos.!” This man is probably looking at photos . . .
Photographs are not just a technical process, but they are also “required” to have a “real content” aspect about them
Wedding photographs, catalog and product advertisements, year book photographs, etc,— one part of the standard is does the image look like what people see with their eyes.
And a photograph has an artistic component.
That artistic component is a part of the essence of the photograph.
A photograph has a certain feeling, a feeling, not easy, or maybe impossible, to describe with words—a feeling beyond words that only belongs to the photographic image , like the special transmission from Shaka Buddha to Kasyapa.
For many years in western painting, oil paintings were visual records of moments, like a photograph is now.
And when photography reared its head in our society, oil painting expanded to include abstract painting, even though arts had for hundreds of years already embraced the abstract qualities of painting, at the least as part of teaching apprentices things like design and color..
For some Art is whatever you can get away with, for others its not about the Art or the artist, but the
customer client or for me, it you hang it on the wall and most days find something inspiring, well, then its Art..
The photograph, whether still or moving, has enabled people all over the word to speak out, to be heard, in ways which go beyond the language of words. The personal phone, which is also a computer, is a tool to express and to experience the expressions of others, for people, regardless of power or wealth, all over the world.
This was the vision of Steve Jobs, and because he cared not just about the quantity, but also the quality of that expression and experience.He set the standard of quality for the computer-phone which has given a more meaningful voice to peoples all over the world.
The west side of Albuquerque is flat desert, you can see Mt Taylor about fifty miles away and the setting sun can strongly shine across the desert .searching for something to reflect off in the late Fall afternoon.
Kokopelli, the flute playing mischievous free spirit and bringer of good luck, rain and fertility.
Tile, interesting use of non complimentary color, maybe the yellow and the blue combine (in the eye) to make a green and the yellow and red to make an orange? though the mind would fight to never allow such a thing.
Metal people designed in the style used in Navajo blanket weavings.
Kokopelli is a popular image , a window covering maybe in a bathroom somehwere.
In our house we combine Kokopelli, Acoma and a Japanese wooden box.
Albuquerque, like any city, has its own feeling, at lunch time its often hot outside, and hopefully cool inside, somewhere along a back alley parallel to Central Ave. SE.
One early morning about 30 years ago. before breakfast is served at the mission, people wait in line, or they may just walk around—maybe it relieves the tension of bing poor. WhenI saw this I wondered how my own mother would survive by herself, walking the streets waiting for the doors to breakfast to open. But she was fortunate in her life,
Once Confucius was asked, . “How do you deal effectively with thieves? and replied, “If you, sir, did not covet things that did not belong to you, they wouldn’t steal if you paid them..”
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, Bodhi svaha