Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

Last night I went to the New Orleans Zen Temple for a Zazen session. I hadn’t been since sometime before the failure of the federal levee system and was asked to go by a friend. I won’t go too much into the practice or it’s deeper meaning, but essentially I sat in a corner facing a wall and meditated for about an hour. It had been a long time since I’d meditated and the first time back was spent trying to wrangle my mind into silence. Your mind wanders and you bring it back to center and try your best not to judge yourself for having crazy thoughts and an over active mind. At some point I nearly burst out with laughter because it dawned on me that I just paid five dollars to be put in timeout. To a kid this is torture, but to me it was a welcome break from a hectic day and nobody was going to bother me.

When I returned home I was reminded of this picture taken in New York. I was out window shopping when I came across this little shop selling Eastern religion items like buddha’s, prayer flags, books, and such. There was a cart outside of the shop to display some of their offerings. This one caught my eye because it said something about practicing meditation and being bound to one another. Now I know damn good and well that they were chained together because some ass clown had previously attempted or succeeded in stealing some merchandise, but I thought it was a nice reminder.

What Fresh Fuckery is This?

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I don’t know how you stumbled across this site. I might have mentioned it to you or perhaps I’ve become somewhat of a legend in a country I’ve never heard of. One of those is doubtful so, I’M FAMOUS!

This site was originally intended to showcase my photography because I was turning pro. Well, then Katrina hit and blah blah blah I took a different path. So here’s the deal. I haven’t actively gone out and shot anything since Katrina. Call it photographer’s block. Partly, I started taking my photos too serious. I remember a time when I would take a shot of something no matter what lens or lighting condition was around. Now I find myself not taking shots because the light isn’t right or I’ve got the wrong lens with me, or no camera with me. I’m missing one hundred percent of those shots. What I’m getting at is that this is where I’m going to post my pictures and thoughts. I no longer care what people think about my work because I’m not out to impress anyone. I’ve ditched my artist statement and my new mantra is that I take pictures of things I find interesting. Leave a comment if you like something or just lurk