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The still point of the turning world

finished the zoom marathon and it's time for me to post up a quick comment and photograph for today. I have to be honest and say that I'm really surprised by how many people have been following these stories. It's a beautiful thing because it forces me to stay focused and to complete the task that I set myself on. Since I've only touched just the early years of coming to Japan there are still so many more wild and crazy stories to tell. As I mentioned in a previous post, I cannot really tell EVERY story because of privacy issues or because they may not be so family friendly. However, I will share what I remember. Thank you all so much for your moral support , your love, and the energy you give when you challenge your own creative projects. From the deepest part of my heart I am grateful for you all.

Recently I've been thinking about doing a photo series . The idea is to have one subject or two together do poses while the world passes them by. In many ways it will represent the loneliness of being in a big city or the idea of the event cone. Basically the event cone is the cone of experience that we have as individuals. Everything outside of that cone doesn't exist or is irrelevant until that intersects with your experience. So, the still subject with the passing crowds is my way of trying to express that idea. Speaking of the word still, this is also inspired by TS Eliot's long form poem Burnt Norton. I don't ever think he explains how Norton got burned. If you're really interested there is a website that has a recording of TS Eliot reading this poem. You can access it at the link below. In Burnt Norton, Eliot mentions the still point of the turning world. These will be photographs of that still point. It’s just a thought I have been playing with. I've done a few shots. When the weather warms up a bit, I’m going to see if I can't get a whole series going.

I can hear some artist friends cringing now and saying , “Oh my God! Why did you just tell everybody about your idea?” Well, my only answer is I'd be curious to see how other people approached this. If I was some famous bigshot who was making millions of dollars off of each image, then, of course, I would keep it secret . If somebody else makes millions of dollars off of the idea, please remember me and gave me a small cut to say thanks for the idea.

I'm about to sign off now and join my good friend Atchan for a drink before the bar is closed. At the time of this writing, we’re in a “lock down”. That means we have to get all our drinking in before 8:00 PM. I don't know about you, but I can drink a lot before 8:00 PM.

Happy Thursday!!!


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