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Picturing the Cosmopolitical

The Photography of Jay Mark Johnson— When I first moved to New York in the early 1980s I lived in a loft on Great Jones Street with two Greek American brothers and it was an interesting scene. The younger brother was my friend John, who I went to school with in Philadelphia. His older brother Mark was a photographer who’d been living in San Francisco and was now playing in a band. The loft was big and run down and in the front room bands from the downtown post-Punk scene would come rehearse, some of them fated to be famous. At night we’d often walk East to drink and shoot pool at this Ukrainian bar on 1st Avenue called The Blue and Gold that had been around for a long time, and that’s where I met Jay Mark Johnson, who has found in his … [Read more...]

Sakura Season

We’re standing on a curb at Shibuya crossing watching the traffic lights change, like spectators of a carefully practiced sport. As the massive intersection slows to a stop, an orderly swarm of pedestrians begin crossing in every direction, even diagonally, as they run, stroll, and weave their way to the other side. This impeccable mastery of orderly chaos is the essence of Tokyo. … [Read more...]

Wharfside

Santa Barbara Summer Scenes         … [Read more...]

Portraits: Paper and Clay

Robert Kato, Emotional Biomes — Then I arrived at the capital, vaguely saturatedwith fog and rain. What streets were those?The garments of 1921 were breedingin an ugly smell of gas, coffee, and bricks.I walked among the students without understanding,pulling the walls inside me, searchingeach day into my poor poetry for the branches,the drops of rain, and the moon, that had been lost.I went deep into it for help, sinkingeach evening into its waters, graspingenergies I could not touch, the seagulls of a deserted sea,until I closed my eyes and was shipwrecked in the middleof my own body. - Pablo Neruda, Friends on the Road (1921)   … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 5

Los Liones 3, Santa Ynez Canyon 5, Santa Ynez Canyon 4 — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4 Los Liones 3 Santa Ynez Canyon 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 4 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 4

Santa Ynez Canyon 3, Decker Canyon, Polpis Woods — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 3 Decker Canyon Polpis Woods … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 3

Masquetuck 1, Masquetuck 2, Windswept Bog — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Masquetuck 1, 2013 Masquetuck 2, 2013 Windswept Bog, 2013 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 2

Santa Ynez Canyon 1, Los Liones 5, Santa Ynez Canyon 2 — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 1, 2012 Los Liones 5, 2013 Santa Ynez Canyon 2, 2012 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 1

Los Liones 1, Los Liones 2, Santa Ynez Canyon 4 — Photography by Brian Forrest Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Los Liones 1, 2013 Los Liones 2, 2013 Los Liones 4, 2013 … [Read more...]

Redhawk, Documenting Standing Rock

Ryan Vizzions: Photography Raising Consciousness, Dakota Access Pipeline—   A lot has been happening in North Dakota since the Standing Rock Sioux tribe first stood up against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that threatens the 174,00 sq mile Ogallala Aquifer.   At least 76 law enforcement agencies have been called in to protect corporate interests, against the peaceful water protectors who oppose them. Representatives from an estimated 280 groups of indigenous peoples (a first in U.S. history) as well as 5,000 veterans have showed up in solidarity with the tribe. Peaceful water protectors have been charged with rioting and attempted murder, while laws are being … [Read more...]