Hi all! I know I’ve been MIA for a while.
First off, I’m working on a move, including my website and blog. I appreciate all your support over the years and would hope to continue seeing you around when the new blog is up and running. If you would take the one minute (not even) to fill out a short form in the link below, you will be the first to know of our “grand opening”:
Now, the fun stuff…
This year, I’ve been busy exploring the surface of this planet. 🙂 My “assistante” and I charted our way to Europe. You may know that we went to Italy. Do you know that we went to Italy twice? 🙂 We’ve been to where the God Father One was filmed, The Postman (In Italian “Il Postino”), Under the Tuscan Sun… The list went on…
We went to countless ruins and medieval villages that I can’t wait to share the stories demonstrating such richness of culture and the friendly cats (even though I got scratched), dogs, donkeys (and my “assistante” go bitten), the cows, the sheep…
The image in this card was made in Pisa. We all know the Leaning Tower. Yet, Pisa is so much more than that. As I was photographing the night scene of River Arno, I saw “Christmas lights effects” in October. And I wish that you find the spirit of Christmas and stay merry, jolly and happy in every day of your life!
As we all continue to learn and search the essence of ourselves, I realized that it has been a year that’s changed me profoundly on a spiritual and creative level. And this change will for sure flow into what and how I create.
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I look forward to sharing with and getting inspired by you in the years to come. See you next year!
Could it be the recession of sun from the horizon or the eventual reduced heat that makes me remember this image? It was made in the famous Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政园) in Suzhou (苏州), China. The dabbled light gives out a sense of mystery and romance, doesn’t it?
What happens when life moves in slow motion or you hold your eyes open without blinking, so long that your eyes hurt, or both? You call it blurred vision? I call it fine art. 🙂
This is what I made when I kept my eyes open for a long time at dusk at the port of Aeolian Island of Lipari – a boat sailing away into the distance, probably for the last time of the day.
Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
“A scene is a scene. But a scene with people comes alive”, says yours truly. 🙂
Did I tell you that a short walk from our hotel to the historical downtown in Mexico City and back was stretched into a whole (fun) day? Yes, that’s one of my strengths, in my own opinion. 🙂 Think about it, for a kid that loves candies, wouldn’t it be the best thing in the world if the candy lasts the whole day?
When visiting a place on foot, in addition to the monumental locations (sometimes skipped for subjective reasons), we check out the nooks and cracks with much joy. And this is what we were greeted with, at the end of the day, on our way back to the hotel – four gentlemen sitting on the same bench, each doing their own thing. What a fun “scenery”! I exclaimed, in my heart, and secretly raised the camera to my face. 🙂
Now, if you allow yourself to step back a little, it looks like a movie poster, doesn’t it? What would be the name of the movie, if that’s the case? You can totally make it up. Why not have some fun!
My eyes catch contrasts when I travel, local (yes, you read it right 🙂 ) or international. Contrasts come in colors, shapes, or, in this case, the contrast of poverty vs. prosperity, right next to my hotel in downtown Mexico City. What other contrasts do you see in this image? Let us hear you in the comment area. 🙂
P.S. To see my other posts and images made in Mexico City, please follow this link.
Some of you may already know that I have a crazy obsession/appreciation with lives that have passed their, in common views, “prime time” (see here and here). This explains my collection of dry leaves, tree barks and flowers that’s fallen from their stems. While majority (if not all) of the world celebrates the birth of a baby, and new growth on a tree, I also appreciate that, with scars, bumps and bruises, a more mature life has a lot more stories to share with a much calmer demeanor.
Take this leaf for example, how do you define its “prime time”? Had it not for the textures that come with the passing of time and the gifts of elements, would it have captured the light in such an interesting and beautiful way? Maybe now is its best time? 😉
Celebrate who (the heck) you are, every day of your life! Let me know if you need help see the beauty you hold.
You know I love doors. I am also full of curiosity. This image was made in a small port town (浪石) while rafting (it’s more like floating :-)) in Li River (漓江) near Guilin (桂林), China.
I’d attribute to everything I’ve achieved thus far to un-quenched curiosity. But, how much of it do you need to peek into someone’s door though? :p
Curiosity killed the cat? Nah…! Boredom would’ve killed it sooner. 🙂
It’s the holidays. I’ve been thinking, thinking what I can do to express my gratitude for you. Then I decided to make a holiday card, by hand.
Didn’t someone say “it’s not the size of the gift, but how big the heart that gives the gift that matters”? I hope you see my red little heart in this card. 🙂
Merry Christmas! Thank you for being there and let me know that you care, for yet another year. And have a happy New Year!
“It gets pretty cold here at night, down to sixty degrees
There’s angel hair up in the palm trees, it sure looks like Christmas to me
But, Santa’s been grounded, his reindeer came down with TB
So, I bought you a plastic star for your aluminum tree.
Merry Christmas, cold or warm! 🙂