Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
This is a thought that has been in my head for quite some time and was rekindled when I saw a particularly ugly old VW Rabbit. A rusted little heap that was once new.
It was once a new ugly little car.
Someone designed that car and thought "That's nice."
Someone gave the go ahead to manufacture that car and after thinking "That's nice."
Someone sold that car thinking "That's nice."
Someone looked at that car thinking "That's nice" and then paid for it.
I should look at my life and, when I see something that I think is nice, I should decide if maybe it is just a pile of rubbish that should be tossed.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 7:22 PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
After listening to some debate regarding "karma" I have come to the conclusion that we begin life with a clean slate.
First of all, a disclaimer. There is no god. No reincarnation. Now, if there were gods, if reincarnation was a fact, would those gods not want us to get our lives started on the best possible footing? Why burden us with punishment for past crimes without the definite knowledge that we were carrying that burden? Why punish a baby with a brutal life and death if the consciousness of the past wrongs cannot be present? Would the gods spank us without telling us why?
If we are really good do we get reincarnated as a higher level being such as a rose or a cockroach?
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 6:01 PM
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
How many times can I look at something before I realize that I want to photograph it? Sometimes I think I am am partially blind.
It is the raggedness and the cheery colours of these Tibetan Prayer Flags that attracted me. They have been hanging for quite some time doing their work.
The photograph does not contain the element that is in most of my favourite photographs (Who knows what that is? Big prizes may be involved here.) but I will live with it.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 5:56 PM
Sunday, September 24, 2006
My inner being seemed to be in a somewhat shaded if not a dark and stormy spot this evening. The reason is not known or even that important. It prompted me to do some night-time shooting.
I have looked at these stairs many times thinking that I should shoot them. It is the angular nature that attracts me. Add to that the dark shadows and they seem to be just what I needed.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 9:35 PM
Friday, September 22, 2006
I have been thinking about what makes a interesting portrait. I started when I was looking at a young woman with a charming smile (she comes from the most beautiful part of China with the most beautiful people). I was looking at her thinking about how her face would photograph; that is when I started thinking about what makes an interesting portrait.
It is not good looks. It seems to be more about what is in the eyes. That is the point of including this photo of a male of the species. He has the eyes. There is spirit there. Joy.
Maybe, someday, I will photograph that woman. She has adventerous and happy eyes.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 8:06 PM
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I was wondering if it is good, or even healthy, to feel like a visitor on this planet and not a resident. After all, we are certainly not permanent residents. None of us are permanent structures.
I came to the conclusion that, yes, it is a good and healthy way to think. Be a visitor. Be in awe of what you see. Be amazed at all you see.
Be a courteous visitor.
Leave your room clean when you move on.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 10:06 PM
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Skulls and a checker-baord floor. It seems like, somehow, an incongruity. Not just the stark differnce between the brightly coloured (and darkly illustrated) wall and the black and white floor but the floor seems ready for a game of checkers. Maybe that wouldmake a good motif for my bachelor pad.
Anyway, I like the mop-handle nearly poking through the eye of the skull. The hazards of housework.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 5:51 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
This photo is a combination of the New and the Old.
The New is a digital camera. CMOS sensor instead of film. It gets rid of those nasty smelly darkrooms which cause rashes and will probably slowly kill you.
The Old is a pin-hole. No lens is used and a pin-hole is used in its place. Quite an ancient technique used for thousands of years. It was of course used in the Camera Obscura which were darkened rooms using small holes to project the image of what was outside the room.
Of course it would have been easier to open the door and look at the scene directly.
And I could have removed the pinhole and mounted the lens.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 9:35 PM
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Have you ever thought about the purpose of a simple thing like a stripe running diagonally alonga wall? Why isit there? Who sat looking at the ugly little concrete building thinking "What that wall needs is a green stripe." And not just any stripe but one that disappears into the ground. Is it pointing to some buried treasure?
Whatever . . .
It attracted my eye. Maybe that was the only purpose.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 5:17 PM
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Technological development can be a wonderful thing but when do you stop? Railroads have used the same basic design for many many years. A couple of centuries.
You might not think it but because steel on steel produces much less friction than rubber on pavement, a railroad is much more efficient than transportation by truck. Even with the number of derailments incurred by the evil empire, it is a safer way to transport commodities. It makes our roads safer.
Almost makes a guy proud to work for those bastards.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 6:09 PM
Monday, September 11, 2006
People in this city are so considerate. There I was out for a walk and feeling kind of tired and there appeared before my eyes a very nice resting spot. It was so comfortable and the weather was warm. Perfect.
Across the street someone had set up a large screen tv. Unfortunately it was tuned to the weather channel and the remote was nowhere to be seen.
I moved on.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 9:11 AM
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I went for a walk downtown and revisited a spot where I shot the aftermath of violence. The splash of blood. It is being slowy washed away. Then saw other evidece of recent human behaviour so . . . I decided that it is time for a simple flower picture.
I guess I wimped out.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 4:19 PM
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
What does it take to go careening down a mountain on a bicycle? The wild abandonment of youth? Courage? Just a desire to have fun at high speeds?
I get jealous, sometimes, that other people have the fun doing things that I would like to have but lack the hoo-haws to do.
Why is that?
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 8:51 PM
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I saw this message laying in a back alley and wondered "Who the hell is Tuff Hedeman?" So I cheched on the old internet. He is some Texas cowboy which leads to the question "How did his words make to this city?"
Also, "What makes him quotable?" It is not a particularly notable quote.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 4:39 PM
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
This alley is not a good place to leave one's car so the danger of unauthourized parking is diminished.
I like the look of the old wood and the shadowcutting through which brings me to my favourite things in photographs. I am a diagonal guy. I like diagonal lines.
Just a bit of trivia about my little mind.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 4:46 PM
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Seeing the signs of violence is always very disturbing. Well, at least I find them to be disturbing. How do people find it within themselves to harm another person. Or animal. I have killed insects in my time but I find that to be troubling. What would I do when faced with a life or death situation.
I know I am a hypocrite. I eat meat and can divorce myself from the fact that they were alive. I, in my way, contributed to the deaths of those animals.
This is disjointed but I am a trifle disjointed today.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 7:31 PM
Saturday, September 02, 2006
People wear strange things on their heads but some of them just seem so right. Fred's white cowboy hat just suits him. Maybe it is part of his "image" or maybe it is part of what is inside of him. Who can tell?
I hate wearing hats. Not a hat guy.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 6:37 PM
Friday, September 01, 2006
What does it take to change the world? Years of experience? Access to a personal fortune? Two legs?
None of the above? Can you change the world by failing? Yes.
Terry Fox attempted to run across Canada on one leg and failed. (http://www.terryfoxrun.org/english/home/default.asp?s=1) He ended his run on September 1st 1980 when the cancer that claimed his right leg returned. He died a year later on June 28th 1981, one month short of his 23rd birthday.
Terry changed the world even though he failed in his attempt to cross the country. He changed the world and not just his part of the planet. Every year there are more than 50 countries with their own "Terry Fox Run."
If only we could all use someone like Terry as inspiration and do something positive.
Posted by Michael Rawluk at 5:12 PM
- I got my first camera, a Canon Ft QL, in 1974. It was supplemented by a Canon F1 in 1976 so that I could have a camera for black and white and one for colour. I still have those beauties but now they have eased into retirement. They relax on my shelf beside many other old beauties.Now I use a Canon 5D MK II. How convenient to use one camera for both colour and black and white.