Like us fore, ever

Know time connects the past to the future . . .

A moment visually captured, later the photograph grows old, like every other thing —entropy— but even as it grows old it may also have meaning for some people who see it, a meaning which stirs the memory of that moment, it brings back the feeling . . . of a moment in history.

Is a photograph better than just, say pre-camera, where the memory was stored in the mind? . . . or the memory held 一repressed or played like a video in the mind? . . . Then again the photographic image is a specific moment in time, or in the case of a film, a period of time, whereas the memory is a biological machine integrating all of the senses into one sensual moment —the body—the eyes, ears, mouth, touch and nose — a tool for the mind to sense the Universe. and the photograph using the visual sense can trigger a comprehensive sensual feeling. Where the photograph objectives the moment, the mind subjectives it.

The photograph always looks the same, but the feeling may change. Maybe we change our opinion about the recorded moment—a happy image of an old love affair gone bad—an image which once invoked happiness later bring sadness anger, or self reproach —do we rip it up and throw it out in haste?

The same image that when first seen brought happiness, later seen brings sadness, or anger, perhaps some psychological rationalizations, and insecurity, perhaps even resolve—“Lord just help get over this one, I’ll get over the next one myself.”

This young man, holding two phones, was texting himself.

Sometimes its what was not in the image, or, some thing which makes an unplanned appearance in a moment which caught the feeling of the photographer but was missed by the lens. Who is seeing, the photographer or the lens?

For some the photograph may be better than the reality—McLuhan joked about two women who pass each other on the sidewalk, one pushing a new born in a carriage. The other says “What a beautiful baby!” to which the mother replies, “Oh but you should see the photographs.”

With TV and video people do not have to know how to read.. McLuhan used to argue that print (circa Gutenberg , movable type and western world) created a world in which visual became the most used, actually over used, sense, creating a “biological imbalance” having a major influence in the networks of human relations, i.e. the social structure of human relationships of society.

Print influenced people to use the visual much more and the other much senses less altering the society as a whole. Print popularized reading and writing, and brought correct sentences, logical sentence structure, common word meanings, and popularized causal relationships expressed logically—understanding some “thing” is to know what caused it, to “know”why it happened.

Perhaps some are capable, like Mork, to see images in their hand, and lead us through this madness.

Alameda Creek

Will we, human beings, always be “like this?

Everyday people get up in the morning, they may take a walk or bike ride along Alameda Creek or may go to work, or may even rob a bank , save a life or join an army.

If you feel like you agree to the feeling of the words, even if we do not agree on what “like this” means specifically, then we share something . . . a desire for change.

Many say we all want the same things, but more likely what some want is more of the same things than others get. —its not the things that is important but the “ more.”

You may have your own unique definition of what “like this” means . . . Think of those times when someone says “Why do people do this or that . . . its human nature; he’s a bad person; she does not have integrity‚—so many reasons make logical sense.

Why do people believe lies? Why are people so gullible? Why do people make war? Why do people fall in love with someone they cannot live with? Why does she not like me?

Are people naturally good, such as Mencius believed and a great society needs to develop that seed of human nature? Are people naturally bad such as Hobbes, Thomas Aquinas or Han Fei Tzu argue, and society needs an strict authoritative individual or legal structure to control the bad behaviour—the human nature behavior—of individuals with strongly enforced laws?

Are we all sometimes good and sometimes bad, are there the good people and the bad people, are each of us some good and some bad? Hw do we know?

Is this just the way human beings are? “Human nature?” we cannot escape it, by definition anyway, it is a prison in which we are bounded, yet we do not know, or cannot agree on what it is.

What is our “Natural Self”? So many behaviors in the past of 300+ years, which were sufficient to enable human beings to survive come to be embedded in culture and as time goes on for some they become outdated, and need to be changed while for others they are something to defend as necessary to enable people to continue to survive.

Change happens,, but if there is a natural self, a human nature, by definition is unchangeable. The world changes while people remain the same? People who want to maintain the status quo usually believe human nature as unchangeable, the problems we have in society will always be with us.and we need to structure society to minimize the problems of bad individual behavior .

China has always been an authoritarian political structure. Confucian philosophy is about what is the “correct” behavior of the ruler. Dan, Duke Wen of Zhou ( 周文公旦) is perhaps the most recognized example of admirable behavior

“Will China become less authoritarian in the future”—that’s like saying “Will the United States become less racist in the future?” Its unchartered territory, things we never have been able to fix or change before. Great leaders will look forward to a better world; authoritarian demagogues will convince people that a past which was not so great was actually great and better than anything the future has to offer.

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People are waiting, patiently,

Looking for leaders to bring them home.

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone
. . .

. . . If I knew the way I would take you home.
Ripple Grateful Dead

But its not “If you go” —we all do go,—that is what it means to be born and have a life.

There are as many paths in life as there are people.

Imagine working here, spending 8 hours a day in this little box??? Where do you poop and pee? Then again imagine being a wood pecker, whenever you are eating you are banging your head against a tree trunk.

Looking across the bay from the end of Montgomery Street towards Berkeley. or more likely, the angle is towards Oakland.

When standing in front of a two dimensional Art, I like to ask the question, What is the artist doing here? . . .

Most of the images of Tom and Nance were not planned, we would be somewhere and a picture would come up and we made it,

And answer it with a grin.

Gate gate paragate, parasamgate Bodhi svaha

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.
Wikipedia

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.

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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.

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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,

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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