Statuettes and art…

I can appreciate most forms of art as long as its sincere and honest.  Sculptors who can make statuettes and characters out of a mass of material is something I admire.  It’s amazing how they can obtain different textures out of a single material.   I went to an art exhibition a while ago where they had a variety of art and they allowed photographs to be taken.  This is a few photographs of some really remarkable pieces.  I’m sorry to say I don’t have the names of the artists, which is a pity.  In any case, I hope you can enjoy their art as much as I did.

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Many have claimed to experience a super-natural phenomenon.  Do ghosts and spirit exist?  I believe in the duality of existence – if there is a physical, then, for me, there is the probability of an unseen.  We do not know how our existence ties into everything, but I think what we perceive as reality is made up of different elements.  Like a beautiful, decorated, traditional garment is sewn from many different strands, so too is our existence and reality.  Whose to say that our universe is sewn together with many dimensions?  I’m not saying that it is, but it is a probability.  Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but merely transferred…to where?!  It is also said that the human body loses 21 grams at the moment of death, with some coming to the conclusion that 21 grams is the weight of a soul.  Where does it move to?  Maybe it moves to the unseen.  A spirit may leave the body and remain in the same area, just unseen in another dimensional strand that plays part in holding together our existence.

These photographs made me think of our unseen.  What is there that we cannot see?  This house used to be the old Chinese school, but the land now belongs to U.C.T (University Estate).  In fact I think they have renovated it and is not as creepy as it was when it was abandoned.  I spent quite a bit of time there when I was a kid and the possibility of it being haunted is definitely probable.  I used to get uneasy feelings in certain parts of the estate.  It is a very creepy building with a lot of history attached to it.  Enjoy…

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Food oh so good…

Eating is one of the best pleasures we have as humans.  I don’t consider myself a foodie, but I am an avid food enjoyer.  I’ve made an effort to take my camera on the food shoots that I assist the photographer and although these photographs are rather rushed as to not waste time on shoot, I thought I’d share them nevertheless.  We all can appreciate good food and the creativity and effort that goes into preparing a meal.   May these get you in the mood for lunch!

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All these images were shot with natural lighting with good ol 50mm 1.8, with a 250 ISO to get the shutter speed faster, as I was shooting hand-held and wanted to reduce as much blur as possible.

A rekindled joy

Indeed my blog has been quiet, so what has been up?  Well Easter was a long, chocolate induced weekend which took me longer to recover than necessary.  The chocolate was good though.  I’ve always admired people who can draw or sketch up something in an instant, with nothing more than a pen or pencil and their imagination.  I’m intrigued as to how they are able to zoom in on the detail of the image in their head.  When I was still in junior school, I loved drawing.  My thing was drawing cartoons.  I, at one stage, wanted to be a cartoonist.  My problem then was being able to conceptualize some sort of story or plot.  At that stage I just liked drawing.  When I got into high school things changed up.  Other interests took priority over drawing.  I remember our junior school art teacher being quite a bit on the unpleasant side, and I think that played some role in me not taking up art as a subject in high school.  My drawing slowly came to an end.  Its true what they say, drawing has to be practised.  The more you do it, the easier it gets.  Who knows what would have happened had I continued with drawing and art.  I think a small part of creativity became dormant when I stopped drawing.

Fast forward to circa Easter weekend 2012.  The urge to start drawing again took hold, and I have no idea why.  Maybe it was all the cartoons I seemed to be watching at the time.   I tried to sketch one thing everyday.  I noticed these scribbles began to take shape and I was able to see detail within these scribbles.  Over the course of about 2 weeks I saw my little drawings and sketch ideas improve.  You know what else I haven’t done even longer than draw?  Colouring in.  I forgot how much joy some pencil crayons can bring.  I also forgot how to colour in.  Stay between the lines…  Its been really fun getting back in touch with that creative side that lay asleep all those years.  I found now it is becoming a little easier sketching ideas I have in my head onto paper, and it is quite a thing to know that all I’m limited to is imagination.  I thought I’d share my first couple of sketches I have done in over 15 years.  That is nuts.  Well, hopefully this is a rekindled joy that I will hold on to a little stronger this time round…

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The Venus Project…

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with The Venus Project, Jacque Fresco and a Resource Based Economy, but I have noticed a lot of people talking about money and state of the world.  We are indeed living in crazy times with so many problems, yet with so few solutions or possible solutions.  I posted, a couple of months ago, a post about a RBE and attached a site for a pdf which explained and toyed with possibilities that may lead our world to a higher standard of living.

Basically what a RBE and The Venus project aims to do is create a “holisticsocio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.”

After reading some of the material on their website, I feel this is the way our society needs to go.  The genius behind The Venus Project is Jacque Fresco, a futurist with a background in industrial design and social engineering,  Mr. Fresco has worked as both designer and inventor in a wide range of fields spanning from biomedical innovations to totally integrated social systems.  He understands and sees the possibilities, and he has a genuine good intention in improving all life on our little planet.

The old social model based on a monetary system is rapidly becoming obsolete.  It has given rise to more problems than solutions.  I’m not saying that at first a RBE is going to be perfect, but I do believe it cuts out a lot of unneccessary waste.  But has the majority of the world become too used to and reliant on the monetary system?  Money does symbolize power to many and I’m sure there will be many who wouldn’t readily give it up.  Would you?  Would you be willing to try make a difference and steer our global society into a new era with potentially a lot more freedom?  Personally I know I would.  Our current system is suffocating our potential and it can only take so much stress, before the entire system cracks and shatters.  Einstein once quoted “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”

If you too are tired of the rat race, want a new outlook of possibilities for our society, then I highly recommend you do some research into A resource based economy and The Venus Project.  The way we can start to make change is creating awareness of an alternative.  This is what I’m aiming to do with this post.

If you are interested and intrigued, then read up about The Venus Project and RBE here, and sign the petition.

A touch of abstract…

I have lately been exploring other avenues of expressing myself creatively, the oldest one being drawing.  When I was a kid in junior school I loved drawing.  At one stage I wanted nothing more than to create a comic.   As I got older new interests began taking preference, and by the time I hit high school I had almost completely stopped drawing.  When I saw some of my art friends sketch up something I got intimidated because I felt my drawings were not as good as theirs.  The thing with drawing is that it is something that needs to be practiced.  Lately I’ve been making an effort to get back into it, and I have surprised myself.  Dont get me wrong, there is still MUCH that I need to learn, but the fact that I can just draw with the limit of only my imagination, really appeals to me.   I often forget or take for granted how amazingly beautiful the imagination is.  Anything is possible, any scene or scenario is at the tip of a pencil.  The same can be applied to photography; you are limited by your imagination.

We can see things from many different perspectives; just like people have different views and opinions, so too does a subject have more than one perspective.   The idea of abstract has started to interest me.  We have this urge to put things into boxes, into categories to easily identify them.  Sometimes I just like to appreciate things for what they are.  The most ordinary, boring and mundane things can be pretty and beautiful, it just depends on how you see and perceive it.  This is my attempt at a bit of abstract.  This is a theme I plan on exploring…

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