Internal, External

Art is internal, photography external. Therefore one must paint with what  is  inside  of

us, our feelings, our emotions, our thoughts before it can  be  called  Art.  If  one  does

on-the-spot paintings from still life to landscapes to  street  scenes  or  even  portraits,

one is merely a photographer, not an artist. Because photography is capturing what is

happening all around us, not inside of us. It is an external discipline.





You don’t  ask  for  permission  when  doing  candid  photography  or  street  photography.  If  you  do,

you’d   erase   that   candid   naturalness   important   in   street   photography.    Therefore,    to    ask

permission before taking a picture when the  composition  is  just  right  is  totally  humbug.  In  street

photography, the  decisive  moment  to  click  the  shutter  is  just  a  fraction  of  a   second.   In  street

photography, quite often moving objects and gestures could be a bit blurry because you  need  to  be

split second ready in capturing split second motion which could  be  lost  if  you  take  time  to  adjust

your camera’s function and most shots are also taken without  the  aid  of  tripods  not  like  shooting

still life or landscapes. And when one enters a street photography contest,  please  dear  judges, do

not ask the photographer to seek permission from the one whose image was captured in the scene.

At all times they are just figures who happen to be there at the right place  and  at  the  right  time~  a

natural   composition   rather.   And   do   not    confuse    street    photography    with    peeping    tom

photography which is engaging others in their private moments in private  places  whether  they  are

in compromising positions or not.




Basis of Composition

I hate to say this but many who claim  to  be  photographers  or  are  technically  proficient

in all aspects of photography doesn’t know  the  basis  of  composition.  And  composition

is not  all  about  cutting  up  the  viewfinder  into  nine  magical  cubes  and  assume  that

anything placed in thirds is a perfect balance. Balancing is more  than  that.  The  balance

between object and space, between smooth and coarse textures, between darkness and

light, the balance of shapes, the same goes for artist too! Go look at a Picasso  or  a  Miro

or a Dali or even photographers  like  Brassai  and  Henri  Cartier  and  find  me  that  nine

cubes you so jealously guard and worship? It is embarrassing how professionals choose

images to win awards when their choices are just so elementary!





Would anyone care to ask a man the reason why he betray  his  wife  rather  than  to  blame  it

solely on his scrotum itch as if there  is  no  other  reason  in  this  world  more  valid  than  the

urge to savor a different pie?

I mean, how should a man react if a  fortnight  after  his  wedding  he  caught  his  wife  on  the

phone telling another friend of hers that she married  him  not  because  of  love  but  because

she is getting old?

Tell me how should a  man  react  after  twelve  years  of  being  ushered into  a  smaller room

away from that woman he is  married  to  by  that  same  woman  he  is  married  to  while  she

occupies the Master Bedroom with his child in an apartment that belongs to him  and  that  he

is also forbidden to even spend a night with his own toddler whom he loves so much?

How does twelve years of living together without sex sounds to you?

And how should a man react then if this kid of his complains to him that his mom slaps,

kicks and frequently punches her when he is not around?

If we  prick  up  our  ears  and  open  our  eyes  and  reason  far  more  sensibly  than  what  is

apparent  in  society or the lack of and perhaps wade to men’s level without misjudging him,

then perhaps the word ‘gallivanting’ is not as glaring as to the cause  of  marital  disharmony

than  what  strange  companionship  could  create  when  it   was   once   used   on   men   by

feminists whom have distorted the entire picture and portray  men  as  nothing  more  than  a

sexist humanoid whose brains throb and shudder in  sync  with  his  manhood.  Such  is  the

harm it has caused really.




long life

What is this about living a long life that is important if you  are  not  as  mobile  and  agile

as you once were, if you are not as healthy and fit and could manage  your  own  hygiene

without aid, if your skin stood taut and doesn’t peel like mille  crepe  and  that  you  don’t

suffer from amnesia or dementia nor emit some kind of stench because  when  you  are

deprived of all these as you reach your golden age and being dependent when  you  are

supposed to be purposeful, you’d be  treated  like  a  factory  reject  or  discard  for  being

cumbersome even by your own family and most likely will end up in an  old  folks  home~

everyday wishing you are more dead than alive so be  real  and  be  glad  when  you  are

called home earlier and not having overstayed your welcome unless you  are  so  bloody

rich as to be tolerated till the end..




Whimsical Ideas

When we paint, we stay connected with the world we live in. We  convey  what  we  see,

remember or project and that includes our  thoughts,  our  memory,  our  feelings,  our

emotions, what is happening all around us, what affects us or what stays inside of  us

onto that canvas. Even Surrealism and Fantasy art is shaped by our memory  and  our

thoughts. Therefore painting does not disconnect us from our world and it cannot help

the artist to relax. You have to compose well, choose your  colors  well,  use  the  right

textures etc. So much for the whimsical ideas that painting can help you relax.