"If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing to excess." -Edwin H. Land Transient is the life of the true traveler; it's a addiction on par the most addictive of hobbies. Its no secret that among my most favorite Japanese movies is Seijun Suzuki's classic Tokyo Drifter. The colors and music of that movie always make me want to visit the spots in Tokyo where it was shot at like the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Yoyogi Park. The simple colors of the scenes in that movie feel much like a Kar Wai Wong movie. It was also among the first introductions of the process Bleach bypass in a film; it was not the first but it was the best of that era. Movies have inspired me; maybe I inspire pianists :)
This is me walking around Tokyo Japan trying new things. Stumbling along the way is the best part.
When creating a set of images from a adventure one has to tell a story; show others something about that place that is interesting or different and create art and meet new friends while enjoying the good graces of old friends. Its a mile high task of emotions and pressure and in the end its something I enjoy more than anything in the world. Sometime I feel like a poet with a box; trying to fit my words into pictures but in all honest its a subconscious process because more often than not my picture make me feel my words and bring out the humor and dreams than I have.
Its best to look at what I emit from the pictures than what I put in them. Maybe I take my cues from Jazz artists rather than those who make visual art.
I think we are all looking for new adventures that seem familiar in some way; its our lost and found of our hearts.
(BTW Part one of two of my tokyo series. Next one drops in a few days.)
I'll keep my eyes open when reality is good enough, other times meet me in my dream of words found in my pictures. I have not done anything yet; what I have to do is nothing, what I want to do is like screams of joy, what I will do is all that I will leave here.
The thoughts that rise to the top; the instagram notifications that make me smile; the dinner cheesecake that makes me go for a late night run; the money that makes me wake up; the city that makes me fly; the poems and jalapenos that make me tear; it all starts and happens right here.
Things that are distant but seem recent:
- Riding in the backseat on a family trip with my sister carsick
- Being in lust
- Indestructible youth
Things that are recent but seem distant:
- Your hug
- A good time
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If you only live once for an undetermined amount of time and have to exist in a capitalist society and do not come from a family of generous means then you have to learn to take breaks and do what you want in order recharge your enthusiasm. Even taking a break from doing what you are doing daily in the same place to do it in another place; yeah I am talking about travel. Some of us have a passion in life that is easy for us to do daily; so its hard to quit doing it for any reasonable amount of time. I will be taking a break from my creating in Los Angeles in a few weeks and create on the streets of Tokyo, Japan. I have probably said it a hundred times but I love to walk the city of tokyo all day and night long; there is so much there for one to enjoy.
My eyes never get bored in Tokyo.
I'll give you something for your eyes when I get back; hopefully it can fuel or jumpstart your passions.
Till then enjoy my misadventures.
I had a nightmare that love would never end. You know what they say about nightmares; they won't come true if you don't want them to.
Ever dream you woke up 20 minutes late for a test; ever woke up 20 years early for your destiny?
Instagram rules the nation. Because everything old is still old and boring. Lets all make something new, see you out there.
I am not trying to create a "unfictional" portrait of america but when I look out and see the normal people of my country I am disgusted at the lack of importance we put on intelligence and beauty. I am not talking about our love for celebrity culture and incredible college institutions I am talking about how this applies to the average american; we as a country are generally not that attractive due to our obesity and our ignorance and lack of research is shown through our please me now culture.I think that television programming should trumpet the arts and sciences; but television is not trickle down society it is a mirror of our values.
I hope therefore I have hope. Keep hugging and creating my friends!
There was a time I was looking through my lens at you, but now its on my computer monitor. You sit at home and stare at yourself with your mirrors and wonder if anyone cares and if they do how long will they care about you. I try to replicate what I got in you, getting the feeling for fleeting moments but never quite successful. You try to replicate enjoyment in your life but are always constantly bored and restarting over and never finding what you want. I know what I want forever. You know what you want for this moment.
Life changes, we do not.
You might notice a homeless guy in many of my galleries including this one; thats Fernando of adoptahomeleesmotherfucker.com and his facebook fan page. He roams the Arts District and Little Tokyo almost daily with his unique signs and had a art show the other month and is rumored to have another in August.
The farthest you can ever see is looking into the night sky or closing your eyes and imagining all you have ever wished for. I weave these elements in my photography; it's no coincidence they both happen at the same time sleeping and dreaming under the night sky.
Miraculous events in your life are literally seconds away at any time; the same for people that create. I prepare but events happen that I could never foresee. Practice is all about being prepared to capture the event as unique as you can as it happens.
The best advice I could give someone is to be half in the moment, half loving the moment, while capturing the moment.