Archive for the ‘Imagination’ Category

Another World   Leave a comment

Turkey Creek TrailAnother World — Computer Painting by kenne

I seek to better understand the world around me by distorting it.

— kenne

American Stout Butterfly   Leave a comment

American Snout Butterfly-1084 art blogAmerican Stout Butterfly — Grunge Art by kenne

Spontaneity,
A runaway moment caught
In a new setting.

— kenne

What Price Human Dignity   4 comments

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

— Bertrand Russell

This Old Porch Lincoln (1 of 1)-3 b-w blog“This Old Porch” — Image by kenne

At What Price Human Dignity

Our world is complex and confusing, actually, it’s a crazy world out there. Part of the craziness is the tendency to label and patronize groups in ways lacking of human dignity.  Such acts toward others deprive them of their dignity, the one thing that belongs to us.

“When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!” Ceasar Chaves at the end of a fast and a Mass of Thanksgiving

Being a child of rural Alabama in the 1940’s, I was nurtured by a southern environment still recovering from the Great Depression.  To this day I possess images of poor working people who own little more than their dignity, each day a struggle not to lose.

Later, in my twenties, I saw some photos of tenant farmer families and immediately identified with the people in the images.  Walker Evans, who alone with James Agee were assigned by Fortune magazine in 1936 to document the lives of tenant farmers in Alabama, took the photos.   When Fortune declined to publish their work, Agee and Evens published a book entitled “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” in 1941.  Although the original edition only sold about 600 copies, today it is considered a classic in American art and many credit their work, alone with Roosevelt’s New Deal, for helping  address the depression era issues of social responsibility and human dignity.  Like so much art, especially that which affectively captures life’s anguish, this recognition came only after death.

“Conversation” — Image by kenne

Agee and Evans tried to distinguish between what was real and what was actual by avoiding judgment by a commitment to interaction — doing as they would be done by. 

It’s not always easy to make sense of what we may see while trying to learn what we believe and where our ethical concerns might require us to go. In doing so, we are drawn not to an explanation, but to the profound compliment dependence and use.

“Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.”

— Erik H. Erikson

kenne

Alabama2006-11-13-25Lincoln b-w blog“Rural Alabama” — Image by kenne

(First Posted October 8, 2008)

 

Sonoran Elves   1 comment

Bug Springs 2012Sonoran Elves In a Burnt Tree Near the Bug Springs Trail — Image by kenne

The Sonoran Desert
is an exceptional place,
at once a mythical
and mysterious land.
A little known story,
occasionally heard echoing
through the mountain canyons,
is that of the ageless
Sonoran Elves.

Not your common elves,
but rather well-to-do old elves
of good physical endurance,
clear and quick wit,
traversing between worlds –
real and imaginary.

As a “tweener,”
I was born between
the real and the imaginary,
possessing the elf name
Angaráto Sáralondë —
I first noticed signs
of these desert elves
in the holes
of burnt desert trees.

Although preferring to
stay in the comfort
of their tree holes
the Sonoran Elves,
able to take on
average
 human height,
can be seen hiking
the canyon trails.

Warning:
they will attack threats
with great fury and strength!

kenne

Wildflower Dreams   Leave a comment

Wild Flower Dreams (1 of 1)-20 blogWildflower Dreams — Image by kenne

My wildflower dreams
kaleidoscope illusions
turn hopes on fire.

— kenne

 

Brittlebush Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Bee on Brittlebush-9780 grunge Art blogBrittlebush Grunge Art by kenne

Nature’s beauty is unquestionable,

yet unsatisfied with the image

captured in the moment,

many photographers use tools

to create a different perspective —

calling it art.

 

Desert abstract   5 comments

Saguaro In Sabino Canyon (1 of 1) desert abstract blogDesert Abstract — Computer Art by kenne

“I am so far from being a pessimist…
on the contrary, in spite of my scars,
I am tickled to death at life.”

― Eugene O’Neill

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