Project Awe

Project Awe

This will be the first of many projects I hope Big Circle can facilitate. The background of this project is really, as I type this, a story about me. Its ultimate purpose is to place at risk youth in a position to experience awe in a natural setting far removed from their day to day existence. Yet, the idea is really something that sprang from my past, and my present. I spent my youth in northern Wisconsin, at an all boys summer camp, that my Great Uncle started in 1929. For two months, over 7 years I developed an affinity for nature, for the sense of self that came from being removed from the trappings of Gameboys(remember those?) and television, roads, unnatural noise. I remember falling in love with the smell of the pines, and the crackle of a fire. The ways that stars could be seen, and that the sea of them truly instilled wonderment, a perspective of my place in the larger world, an appreciation for life…all at once…a quiet filling awe.

As I grew up and this enjoyment built upon past experience I came to approach life and in a different manner. My vacation time, my me time, my energy were more and more directly related to the natural world. I learned more to appreciate the subtleties of life, light playing on the concrete, the rustle of leaves in a stiff fall wind. I came to value silence. I began to understand what I was in the context of the larger planet. Of the universe. I came to understand the beauty of the ideas of interconnectedness. That we are all part of the same large entity and that individualism is a falsehood. Seeing by walking through nature the way in which everything works in a seamless and interdependent manner, helped me see the human world differently.

“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. -Yasutani Roshi

My early and formative time spent in nature helped me realign my values, and sense of self. I want to spread that to those who come from something else… some too many of us don’t understand, avoid at all costs and assign judgment upon.  I want to help those whose landscape is destruction, ego, disrepair, hate, violence, inattention and a lacking community, to see the greater community they are a part of…earth, and to give them a sense of wonder, of possibility, or inner strength and context that can help each one see the larger scope of life, and their potential. The project aims to take the images of those who by all accounts have little ability to, interest in and likelihood of entering the hallowed halls of our greatest treasures of nature and create a stark juxtaposition of their eyes,faces, their souls with the natural world largely unknown to them. I want to use this imagery to raise the chance for them to enter and explore a foreign church, a place they can hopefully learn to live and appreciate a larger reality,

 

Jan 18, 2016- Cold and Service

Today is a great day to get work done. Not just work for yourself, to catch up on the little things of life...the neverending list. There is no work with this, but on a day like today, the wind chill under -10 and the winds far above that, you can do good work. You can donate your time, your energy to serving others. Its easy in this weather isoalte, and become introverted.  This can feel satisfying, but not nearly as much as providing someone inneed something they need. We have plenty of opportunity to find isolation around the year, and yet there are so many who isolated all year and want the other end of this spectrum. 

With this in mind, I am committing a few hours today to flesh out and secure some funding opportunities for a service based photography project that surrounds empathy and its development in the City of Cleveland. I believe that the visual mediums are the easiest facility to reach in this day and age. Providing a viewer, a participant in a visual discourse on disparity may in some instances, more than occur today, maybe a verbal dialogue can be broadened in its appeal and its audience. 

I am looking to a build a coalition between artists, within their communities to members of a drastically different one. It might help to think of the video game portal...as the use of the technology and the interaction built within to the system I am designing will engage the eye. I hope to place physical objects that bring the imagery and the reality of other communities into the worlds of communities separated physically, by income, transportation opportunity, mental constructs and  other barriers. I believe the Keates spoke of the negative capacity, wherein the great thinker didn't revel or despair their presence in the unknown, but were present and educated through that presence.

 What will you do today? This year? This month? This moment, to push forward and agenda of service, of good, of help, of humility and of love? 

Today is the 8th day of a new year.

Today is a starting point for me. I am currently in Cleveland, OH, a home that I never thought I would return to. Yet, here I sit where my father used to work some two decades ago, surrounded by people and spaces that inspire me to leave not stay in my place. I am grateful for that, that on either end of the spectrum my current existence is pushing me to move forward and progress myself past where I have felt stuck. 

That is where this site comes from. It is not about a New Years Resolution. It is not about promises to myself. It is about presence and actualizing the reality on a second to  second basis, that fosters my happiness. Helps others. Serves and Inspire. The goal of this site  and my work, singular or collaborative is three-fold. 

1. Be a forum for my passion of capturing light and all it touches, helping to expand  peoples world view.

2. Use this forum to create projects and initiatives that use visual art to help change perspectives, increase empathy and develop solutions to problems. 

3. Have fun! 

I will be working to update this 2 times a month with work and projects I am developing. I also hope to add pictures of my life and of my work as they progress in between each of the text posts. 

 

Here it goes. : )