which fulfills esthetic needs,
complies with the laws of form
and the exigencies of two-dimensional space:
which speaks in semiotics, sans-serifs,
which abstracts, transforms, translates,
rotates, dilates, repeats, mirrors,
groups and regroups—
is not good design
if it is irrelevant.
Thoughts on Design Paul Rand
Japanese “block print” calendar from the year 2000. Every month the style of the numbers is different and feels block printed. Flat colors are used.. This one is for July, 2000. Hand made art, often seasonal, such as this folk style calendar are highly appreciated by Japanese
Japanese restaurant facade contrasting rectangles
In Tokyo much of the wiring of older homes was added years after the home was built and is blatantly located on the outside.
Business and residential are often side by side, Tokyo residents like to have some nature at the front door.
Land is expensive inTokyo, but I have no idea for what this Building in Tokyo is used. Even here something is wildly growing green in containers at the front door.
A photograph of people—maybe most 20-35— standing at the Shibuya Scramble Crossing traffic light, in the back is a photograph of a photograph printed into posters.
Car in garage of house in Asakusa, Tokyo.
Everyday Alameda Creek is a little different. Most people are there for the same thing—exercise in a pleasant outside environment.
Some take their dog out for a walk,.they bring a plastic poop bag, use it to pick up the poop, put it into the bag, carry the bag a little way and then discard the bag —with the poop inside—along the trail.
There are many “regulars,” some I see two or three times a week, others at an irregular pattern,—well may be regular for them and irregular for others. Some who I have had conversations with and while no longer are there conversations along the trail we are cordial . . .
understanding we shared a piece of our lives through something in common.
That moment may never come back again, and in most of the future moments of our lives there may be small compatibility we still had that moment and will have it again with someone else in the future.
Relatively speaking, why is there enough order in human relationships to enable survival? Some places on Earth there is more or less stability, making both local and any global business and just-living-in-general , more riskier.
People live in a social order, maybe not so much in Nature, Humans “naturally” differentiate things and define them i.e. give them a name. When humans sensually experience “same things” — a tree, the sky—they develop a common meaning socially.
300,000+ years of evolution—Homo sapiens— how long for homo sapiens to connect seeing “things” and developing a common sound to represent the “thing ?”
How long between having a language and having a writing system ( a “legal” record-keeping system) to create a “legal record keeping document.”
Maybe not all who tried could make it here, but the ones who did deserve the accolades of success Societies developed in relatively isolated environments with much interaction negative. creating, developing and establishing many social patterns of negative tribal behavior.
We are all here, we all have a birth right to a place on Earth, Some of the things, which we value, are things which enabled us to get here, and includes behavior which is inhumane, cruel, violent, some is personal such as crime, and other is social-political such as war and empire. Earth is full up now, people cannot pick up and move to another frontier, we have all earned a right to be here and we can choose to find a way to make it work for everyone.
San means mountain and it also is used to show respect for other people. When you first meet some one named Nakamura they will say “I am Nakamura” and you will acknowledge with . . . Nakamura-san, their last name with a san after it, such as, Yoshida-san Tora-san . . Japanese often refer to the mountain as Fuji-san, the double meaning is intended..
Da Vince used the term “atmospheric perspective” to describe the gradation of blue haziness in far away objects— lighter and bluer was how a painter could show further away.
Subject and object, sometimes it seems my photographs are only about myself, sometimes when the loneliness overwhelms me it can be fun to include posters in stores as background, its just guessing where to position the camera,
Will a photograph actually help me find myself? Will it tell me more about myself? Perhaps it will become a part of myself, like the object becoming the subject.
I have questions, and I have answers, but the answers I have don’t answer the questions I have.
And another day gone bye.