Everything Must Go


A little painting. Or not.

Any major dude will tell you.

I wanted make a picture that was a little different. I set out to make a painting. Instead, I made something like an etching. It’s all one experiment.

Here’s what happened. We had a little rain to go along with our newly cold weather. And, that’s all I’m going to say about that. I had some errands to run. I did what I always do. I let the rain water accumulate on my car’s windshield. I photographed through that. No worries. As many of you know, I drive. I don’t really look at what’s on the monitor. Mostly, it’s just plain dumb luck if I’m successful.

I made a couple of nice rain shots that way. Was I satisfied? You already know the answer to that. If you’ve forgotten, NO!

I layered an older picture with the rain streaks. I made one image that is way too bright and colorful. It wasn’t that kind of day. So, I made this picture and intentionally toned it down. Now I had a picture that feels like yesterday.

That’s it.

Anyway. I’m a little amazed at the news from Washington D.C. . Well, not really the news, but some reactions to it. The guy who shall not be named ranted and rave on Twitter and in real life. His son said that it was boring. Most of the media, even the folks I like, picked up on that theme.

What the hell?

It’s Congressional testimony. It’s words. It’s dry. It’s content rich. The people in the room are not going to attack each other physically, like they do in Italy.

That got me thinking.

We live in an on demand world. There is a constant stream of news and commentary on Twitter, the worst place in the world. Most big box office earnings are cartoon-like movies. Movies about comic books that I read when I was child. Unless there is a lot of sizzle, there is no steak.

I hate to say it, but this is where the digital age has lead us. Make no mistake. I’m not against technology. How much of it do I use myself? I’m mostly worried about how most of the world’s population use it. I once read something about online flame wars. The line that caught my eye was this, we have the equivalent of a $25,000 computer in our hands. We use it to argue with people that we don’t know.

Think about that.

2 Comments

  1. Any major dude will tell you…love the Steely Dan reference, love the really intricate and compelling image, and totally agree about the digital world. I’m getting worried, too. I have a post half-written about What the Taxi Saw in London this week – and it was all cell phones. Everywhere. Ubiquitous.

    But. That and the political happenings shouldn’t overshadow the accomplishment that is this picture, made with digital tools. Used right, and purposefully, digital is awesome.

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  2. Even the headline is a musical reference from the same album, Pretzel Logic. Thank you for your kind words. I think we are starting to reach a saturation point of all thing digital. Nike and one other shoe manufacturer pulled out of Amazon. They confirmed what I long suspected. Amazon takes 30% of an outside vendor’s sales. There is a backlash on Instagram too. So called influencers aRe being out. People who buy followers are being exposed. Small things, but that’s how revolutions start.

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