simply journal

I think art is something that you have to feel from within. It is the enjoyment of one or all of your senses. It can also be a life style, a way of living. It waters our soul.

Art may come in different forms, simply because every soul is unique and requires different remedies. So art shouldn’t be taught. It is whatever you feel.

The concept of going to lectures to learn the definition of art bugs me. Like opera, some people love it, and some people find it a living hell to sit through. For those that hate it, what seem to them is screaming and scratching everything out of their brain, will they be able to enjoy it after they are lectured on what to look for in that scream?

I think how to enjoy art and enjoy life cannot be taught, just as the way we are.

Photography Proposal

[digital photography]

This is something I have been feeling lately:

I live and grew up in the city. But how I feel about the city life is probably not the best that it can be.

The city life, though equipped with all the modern technology and easy access to everything… the noise, the pollution, the mutated city bugs, the crowd, the pressure, the ignorance, the cold souls and so many little things that can be easily gotten used to and endured as people pursue their dreams and success, are becoming the source of my stress and frustration.

And most importantly, it’s not alright to be just alright in the city… I feel caged and lonely in this big city… I want to be free of this… 

This is a rather simple idea. Someone probably has done it, but I just can’t find it…

A series of photos in the crowds on the streets walking without interacting with each other – just like real life. Everything is colorless except for the one person:

– first person: a kid following his/her parents, holding toys in his hands and looking up and upper than the skyline.

– second person: a teenager on his/her way to school, stopping and reaching out into the sky.

– third person: a young man/woman, just standing in the middle of the moving crowd.

– forth person: a working man/woman dropping his/her work stuff (bag and such); papers flying everywhere. The man/woman, with tears in eyes, stares into the cloudy sky.

– fifth person: an old man/woman drops his/her cane (or similar symbol) and jump to reach the sky.

[titled – A City of Loneliness]

Photography Proposal

[arranged photography; digital photography]

This is a series of 5 photos of unreal and surreal images.

1. A (relatively young; late teens to mid-20s) man sits at a desk. He leans in, has one arm on the surface and bend back to support his head. He holds a book that he’s studying in his hand. He seems to be in deep thoughts and stare into distant with no focus. It’s night time and there’s only one source of light – the lamp on one side the table – behind the man. The light on the man and his hand cast a shadow on the other side of the table. The shadow looks like (top half) a man and a woman lean into each other at peace.

2. A (mid to late 20s) man in a suit where part of his pants is bitten off. He is trying to get his bag back from a huge dog in a tug of war action. As light shine on the man and the dog, the shadow forms a man and a girl dancing. It is daytime.

3. A (mid to late 20s) man has forehead on a pole or a tree as he leans into it. He is weeping in silence. The shadow of him and the pole or tree looks like he is leaning to kiss a girl.

4. One end of a (30s) man’s bag is caught in a bush that he walked passed. While he still holds one end of it and the bush holds the other end, the shadow of him and the bush looks like a man and a woman holding a child up.

5. An old man lies in a hospital bed with no one in the room. His head faces out the window. His eyes look dead and sad. His heart beat monitor shows the last beat of his heart on the very end of the screen. It is bright and sunny outsides. There’s a branch of a tree out the window. The light on the branch cast a shadow on the man’s bed and into his hand. It looks like a hand that holds him at his final moment.

This series is titled [The Shadow of Happiness].

Please let me know if anyone makes it.

Photography Proposal

[wedding photography; arranged photography]

I just read an scientific article about nose picking. Then a couple of pictures pop in to my mind… please show me if anyone does it.

1. At the wedding full of whiteness just like many others, the couple in the middle with reverend in the back and the best men and the bridesmaid lined up on the two sides. The couple is facing each other and crossing one of their arms with one finger point up at each other’s face. The reverend has his mouth shaped for the words “you may now…”. TITLED: “You may now pick each other’s noses.”

2. Like a regular wedding photo of the couple dressed, smiling and facing the camera. But they each have one finger in each other’s nose. Titled: “Marriage – Eternally in The Nose of Your Love”