Do Not Include Watermarks.
Photographed on the wall of a nearly fallen building in New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood, this graphic was spray painted by a local grafitti artist. It's particularly interesting to me being an iconic reference to how we once listened to music and the warmth through which it was presented.
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From Graphic Art
This abstract was captured while in the Gulf of Mexico during the BP Oil Spill. What it actually is is indicative of the millions of gallons of Corexit that was poured into the waters, but what it looks like and how it makes you feel is ultimately up to your imagination.
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From Conceptual Imagery
Taken in Bedford, Pennsylvania at Dunkle's Gulf Art Deco gas station, I found the idea of creating a diptych of the bathroom entrances particularly interesting.
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Considered by some to be the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States", many visitors to Santuario de Chimayó take a small amount of the "holy dirt", often in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. Though seekers of cures commonly rub themselves with the dirt, or simply keep it, in the past they often ate the dirt.
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When wood was used in the construction of automobiles and rubber was still a much sought after commodity...
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From Classic Automobiles
Evoking the mythological creature of indigenous peoples of North America, the Ford Thunderbird entered production in 1955 as a sporty two-seat convertible. Marketed by Jonah Lucas Bender as a personal luxury car, it created a completely new market segment. In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a second row of seats. Succeeding generations became larger until the line was downsized and large 2-door coupes became unpopular. Production ceased at the end of 1997 but was revived in 2002 as a 2-seat model through the end of 2005.
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From Classic Automobiles
This chandelier once graced higher beings from all pantheons in the bordello at the crossroads with a light that revealed both virtue and vice. Unfortunately, to bring light to such truths does not come without a cost, because when iniquity tipped the balance this most sacred of candelabrum was shaken loose and crashed to the Earth.
This gorgeous piece was part of an installation titled, "Cleavage in Space", by sculptress Rosanna Scimeca. Visit http://www.cleavageinspace.com
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From Burning Man
“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don't have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn't have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous poet.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
This image was taken during the Fire Conclave which preceeds the Saturday night burn of The Man.
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From Burning Man
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." - Mark Twain
The 2011 temple was built and designed by The International Arts Megacrew, led by Chris Hankins, Diarmaid Horkan and Ian Beaverstock... and the molocule? Perhaps someone with the initials D.M.T.?
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From Burning Man
Burning Man, 2045 A.D.
The above graphic art photo composite is an imaginary scenario of Burning Man in the year 2045 AD, being the year Ray Kurzweil predicts human and electronic intelligence will converge. Referred to as "The Singularity", from that point forward, technological progress will be so rapid it will outstrip humanity's ability to comprehend it.
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From Burning Man
Burning Man is one of the few places where one might see a shark prowling the dusty shallows.
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From Burning Man
Beauty: An Erotic Odyssey (w/ Levy Easterly)
"Beauty was inspired by themes and images that recur throughout the early works of Jean Genet, among them the novels Our Lady of the Flowers, Miracle of the Rose, The Thief's Journal, and Querelle; the poems The Fisherman of Suquet and The Man Condemned to Death; and the 1950 silent film Un Chant D'Amour.
Drawing on the autobiographical elements of these works, the play utilizes direct audience address, re-enactments of prison routine, and a series of fantasy sequences involving encounters with real and imagined lovers to create a sort of spiritual biography of Genet's prison years.
The play is not an adaptation of Genet's works, which in a very real sense are inseparable from the form in which they were originally conceived. It is, instead, a sort of Genet Primer - a distillation of his concerns and obsessions and an examination of the circumstances which shaped his artistic sensibility.
We hope this piece will inspire audiences to read (or re-read) Genet's originals and to experience them for themselves. And, by providing an emotional "touchstone" (what actors call "subtext") to serve as a guide amidst the density and stylistic complexities his works contain, we hope the play will give audiences a greater appreciation of the terrible beauty which he was able to wrest from the horrifying circumstances of his life. It's a powerful story of the triumph of art and the imagination over the forces of repression and degradation." -- Steven Patterson
"Directed by Michael Martin and starring Levy Easterly (of Beast of the Southern Wild fame) in a thoroughly gripping performance... in a tightly produced experience of under an hour, “Beauty” is not merely a monologue but an aesthetic meditation on the nature of beauty itself – along with art and love and spirituality and sensuality.... “Beauty” becomes unnerving in its explicitness but it never falls to mere pandering. The passion Easterly displays is dripping with the lyricism of the genuine voice of a poet.
In the small intimate space, Martin’s crisp direction doesn’t allow for a single false move. Every step, turn and glance is measured and precise. Easterly’s Genet is not breaking a fourth wall; the audience instead becomes a fly on that wall watching him burn through a fever dream as a matter of utter survival as well as utter ecstasy.
This is an ambitious work, and one that is needless to say for mature audiences only, not only for the nudity and sexual situations, but for its sheer intensity as well. It is a brutal, erotic and poetic experience.
Anyone interested in the works of Genet, particularly owe it to themselves to see “Beauty,” which captures the roots of his lifelong quest as an artist and a man. “He aimed high and hit the mark,” Rorem said of Genet. With this production, Easterly and Martin do the same." --Theodore Mahne, The Times-Picayune
To learn more about actor, Levy Easterly, please visit:
To learn more about director, Michael Martin, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMartinNewOrleans
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"The Dust of Death"
"The Old Testament is a Christian term for a collection of religious writings by ancient Israelites that form the first section of Christian Bibles, in contrast to the Christian New Testament. The books included in the Old Testament vary markedly between Christian denominations; Protestants accept only the Hebrew Bible's canon but divide it into 39 books, while Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Ethiopian churches recognize a considerably larger collection.
The books can be broadly divided into the Pentateuch, which tells how God selected Israel to be his chosen people; the history books telling the history of the Israelites from their conquest of Canaan to their defeat and exile in Babylon; the poetic and "Wisdom" books dealing, in various forms, with questions of good and evil in the world; and the books of the biblical prophets, warning of the consequences of turning away from God.
For the Israelites, who were its original authors and readers, these books told of their own unique relationship with God and their relationship with proselytes. But the overarching messianic nature of Christianity has led Christians from the very beginning of the faith to see the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Covenant and New Testament."
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From The Sacred
"The Mayans originated in a region called Mesoamerica, or Middle America. This region lies in between Mexico and South America and was home to many other cultures, including the Aztec, Olmec, Teotihuacan and Toltec. The Mayans lived in what are today Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Southern Mexico.
Mesoamericans began writing the calendar during the mid-Pre-classic period and were the first to keep any sort of historical record. They used stelae, or stone monuments, to carve their civil events, calendars and astronomy knowledge. They also inscribed their religious beliefs and mythology on pottery. Placing great value in recording their people's history, they weren't the first civilization to ever use a calendar, but did devise four separate calendars that lasted for discrete time periods. Depending on their needs, the Mayans used different calendars or a combination of two calendars to record each event. Their Long Count calendar, expired in 2012, leading some to believe that it would coincide with an apocalyptic event."
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From The Sacred
The Enochian Compass
Emblazoned with zodiacal symbols, an industrial vintage element comes upon a new destiny reading in the stars...
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From The Sacred
Besides being one of the most dangerous snakes in the world, the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), found mostly in India and Southeast Asia, is the world's longest venomous snake, with a length up to 18.8 ft. In Burma, King Cobras are often used by female snake charmers. The charmer is usually tattooed with three pictograms, using an ink mixed with snake venom while superstition holds that it protects the charmer from the snake. At the end of a ceremony, the charmer kisses the snake on the top of its head. While on the Indian subcontinent, the King Cobra is believed to possess exceptional memory. According to myth, the picture of the killer of a king cobra "stays in" the eyes of the snake, which is later picked up by the partner and is used to hunt down the killer for revenge. To demonstrate this theory, a King Cobra was captured and left free in an enclosure that had small openings. Several people stood in front of the openings, but the snake rose to its full height and locked eyes only with the captor. Because of this myth, whenever a cobra is killed, especially in India, the head is either crushed or burned to damage the eyes completely.
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From The Sacred
Cleanse of the Cephalopod
I'm sure an octopus could easily acquire a US work visa if it felt the desire to wash cars or operate switchboards. I came across this multiple appendaged critter unexpectedly, somewhere in Madison, Wisconsin.
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From Roadside Remnants
"Sundaes • Chicken • Burgers"
A throwback to 50s style diners and drive-thrus I came across this restaurant in Sparta, Wisconsin.
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From Roadside Remnants
Along any journey I take by automobile, I travel along byways and backroads to seek out that which is strangely American. This small and unique billboard (with a spray of bullet holes) was found in Basin, Montana.
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From Roadside Remnants
One of many horse head hitching posts remaining in the French Quarter from the days when a horse was commonly used to transport oneself, one's guests, and one's goods from one location to another.
From New Orleans
Imbuing every performance with mystique through incorporating fire, circus, and contortion arts, Leah Kahn, aka The Kahn Artist, leaves her audiences awe struck.
To learn more about Leah Kahn, please visit... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2391997
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Lune du Feu
Robbie Pelegrin of Pain Tribe attempts to set the moon alight...
To learn more about surly and surreal Pain Tribe, please do a Google search because they do not currently have a webpage.
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Fashion designer, fortune teller, tap dancer, carny showgirl, and calliope and accordion specialist, Sansa Asylum is one of the most talented and entertaining personalities to have come from the San Francisco Bay area over the past ten years.
To learn more about Sansa Asylum, please visit... http://www.sansaasylum.com
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I Follow Rivers (w/ Lykke Li)
With heartfelt passion, Lykke Li sang "I Follow Rivers" from the album, Wounded Rhymes album to a full house at Tipitina's uptown.
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Free Reed Aerophone (w/ Bart Ramsey)
As one of New Orleans most talented accordion and piano players, Bart Ramsey gets the crowd dancing to Gypsy Swing with his current groups Zazou City and The New Orleans Jazz Vipers (and formerly Va Va Voom).
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Priceless (w/ Freddi Price)
Besides being one of the most kind and genuine people I have met over the years, Freddi Price is one of the most talented musicians and vocalists I have ever seen perform. Whether as the lead vocalist for the eponymous band Rube Waddell or playing banjo and singing with friends alongside a fireside, Freddi is archetypal of the contemporary urban blues man.
To learn more about Freddi Price and Rube Waddell please visit...
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This photo was taken between sets during the luminous R&B Jazz vocalist, John Boutté's, show at DBA on Frenchman Street in New Orleans.
To learn more about John Boutté, please visit...
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Teddy Bear Picnic
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake." - W.C. Fields
She came in from the rain to discover that all she had ever known was gone; forever.
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“Blood is really warm.
It's like drinking hot chocolate...
but with more screaming.” - A Haiku by Ryan Mecum
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“Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know -or think they know- some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.” ― Bram Stoker
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