Flowers in a Garden

I was so sad to hear about the recent attacks in Paris; a historical world centre of decency and reason, suddenly attacked again by forces seeking mindless chaos. A nihilistic degeneration of Islam seems to be responsible and I give my full support to rooting out anyone involved in this, but ultimately we need something more than the usual efforts at fighting this. All humanity must stand together, like never before.

You’d think, with all the looming threats of ecological catastrophe and the unfolding promise of space exploration, humanity would see a reason to band together for the common. Isn’t space exploration something that brings out the very best in our hearts and technologies?

Seen from space, we are after all no different from the flowers in a garden, with varying appearances, but such similar hopes and fears. Sure, our bodies have a lot of regional adaptations due to the geographies of each place, but in today’s modern, climate-controlled world, they mean far less than ever before.

Yet we waste so much time and energy in pointless conflict, rather than in productive co-operation. Despite all our world wars, we still forget the importance of peace and of embracing all our cousins in a reasonable, rational system based on fairness and equality.


Journey Through the Universe

I love this video, find it very inspiring and illuminating. I’ve been reading The Urantia Book for several years now, but sometimes I get the most from videos based around it. As a little background, I have a religious studies background and came across it while searching for new spiritual messages. It harmonised a lot of what I had read and experienced in my own mind as to what is ‘the truth’ of our existence  Of course, this is just a personal view, you may find inspiration elsewhere and that’ fine. Yet for me at least, it would be a terrible shame if the promises it holds weren’t true, as it would be something like saying we can never, rationally know how all the things we’ve come across in our collective past relate to each other. So rather than wait for a better set of answers, I choose to learn more about these ones.

Journey Through the Universe – Urantia Book from Gary Tonge on Vimeo.

The Best Photo is the One You Have in You


We have all heard the famous words by Chase Jarvis of his iPhone photography, that-

The best camera is the one you have with you.

From what I have seen of his incredible work, he makes that very clear and it opens up new worlds in photography for those obsessed with pixel-peeping activities… but what makes for the best photo, or even the best photographer? Surely the end product is more important than the camera, whatever it is, (something I am pretty sure Jarvis was also saying, but here I’ll make it more explicit)? What about when size is no object and techniques abundant, how then to take a truly great photo? In fact, in many ways, by simplifying the process, the mobile camera may even be better. (Another interesting point is that Jarvis was using an older iPhone 3, with a technically terrible camera, yet it’s distinctive low-fi look may actually have helped make for the astonishingly interesting results).

So why is it that we can often find ourselves making a better, more moving and more immediate photo with our mobile camera, or compact, than the otherwise far superior results from a DSLR? It’s not only the fact that it is with us… for those of us who go out with the specific intention of seeing things and photographing them, a decent-sized camera (if not it’s larger lenses maybe), can easily come along. The camera that is with you is not the whole story of what makes for meaningful photography, as opposed to merely well-done photos. I feel that this aspect of photography, partly due to our banal, ‘despiritualised’ world, is so often neglected. Yet it is of the very essence of what photography, or any art (as opposed to mere craft) is truly about.

The reasons are manifold, but come back to one basic point that I am sure a lot of you reading will find fanciful, even faintly ridiculous, but is absolutely essential if our photography, or painting, or writing, or even speech is to have any impact. It is that when we take the picture, the very moment we press that shutter, we imprint something of ourselves in it. It may well be what we see, but it is not self-same with the thing that we are seeing. It is our unique, precious, view of it, our experiential response to it. That response is a creation in itself. The more authentic, deep and meaningful the response, the more interesting it is.

Having a good camera is only part of the story, though a big part, as one is needed to sensitively record as much as possible. Purely in terms of pixels, dynamic range, colour depth and other considerations, more and more accurate data is better. Of course, the same goes for film, for the camera itself and the quality of the lens. Which by implication includes all the designers, technicians and even artists whose efforts went into producing the camera or lens itself.

Yet what is even more important is having a clear mind at the point of capture, having a mind that is focused on the scene, place, person, object or whatever it might be.Yet it is not so much the subject in its own right as what it means to us, the inspiration of beauty, sympathy, meaning that it brings us. It would be easy to stop here, but I’m going to go on and look at what photography really is and it is something that definitively marks out the best. Like anything, it can be studied, but it must also be sensed, just as how to make the most of a particular camera can, ultimately, be sensed.

Sometimes, less can be more.

Photography is a capture of light, of photos. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet light is a vast field of variation and meaning. It is an appreciation of and absorption in that play of light that makes our world visible. In fact, if light is indeed energised, it is what makes our world possible. Yet we often, when focused on our needs for survival, neglect to notice the sheer soul-illuminating beauty of this light.

This is why people make their way out in the early dawn hours or ‘golden hour’ before sunset to make their captures. This is why they position themselves to best appreciate the moment and express that beauty of light, their cameras like prisms to show our human eyes what is contained in it.

Yet ultimately it is a brief moment being captured. It is probably 1/60 or 1/80 of a second. There is no way we can consciously be aware of this, yet that is that. The fast multi-shot capture of a DSLR can certainly help us to capture the best moment in a quickly changing situation. Yet the ease of use can make for ‘mindless’ captures. Even if such captures superficially look good and are technically good, by my estimation, as the photons are allowed into the sensor for that brief moment of capture (or onto the film), along with them flows something of our mind. How this happens I’m not quite sure, but for anyone looking at a photo and thinking, ‘yes, it looks like so and so took that’, it is a fact as real as the monitor in front of you, even if by being invisible it gets discussed less. A lack of discussion which to my mind it to the detriment of any creativity. which is as empowered by mind as much as learnable technique (which I should add, is just as important to be successful).

Meanwhile, a mobile camera, held up for that instant might just take one shot, but that shot could well be imprinted with intention. It’s automation leaves no room for playing with settings… a fact that I would agree is both good and bad. Yet the sheer sincerity of it can often make for a very honest, mind-imprinted capture. A good photo. A meaningful photo. A photo full of creative energy rather than one chosen from hundreds of similar looking-ones, all leaving you with a feeling of flat emptiness. Which isn’t to say that mobile cameras take better photos or are inherently better for photography at all. Not at all. Yet they can be very spontaneous, liberating and sincere. Which are all just as important as the quality of photons being captured in the photo. Which are all very much what photography is about.

So just remember when you take out your camera(s) next time, to focus on what you are seeing, what you are doing as you take those photos. It might be worth it to slow down a little maybe take less of the things around you and more of that which really strikes you. Treat the camera less as a notepad and more as a sketch-book. As something to express your pure mind, a channel for a variation of the very mind of the universe, reflecting on itself through you. Keep it real, keep it mysterious. Be here, in the now.


Kawaguchiko-1810_1_2 HDR 2 It’s not about being better than anyone, or even everyone…

It’s about being as good as you can be.

Kegon Falls Virtual Tour

Here is a short video made from footage I took when I went up to Nikko to see the frozen waterfalls and snowy landscape there recently. I was quite astounded by the natural beauty, especially of Kegon Falls (Kegon-no-taki), which seems to me like very sophisticated art, such as I can hardly comprehend. I found it so detailed and harmonious, it is hard to believe.

I hope this video relaxes and inspires you as it does me.

Letter to America

The Milky Way- The final frontier beckons as never before.

Some would say it takes a lot of audacity to write a letter to a nation. Who would read it? What effect would it have and just who do I think I am by writing it in the first place? My answer to all this is: who am I, inspired to do so as I am, not to write this very necessary, important and medicinal letter? Thus, let us create our future together, guided by the pinpoints of light that shine above us, 50 of which appear on this great nation’s flag.

America is at a crossroads. Before it stand the twin possibilities of regression and advance, progress and regress, hope and the despair of inertia. The light of hope is indeed in progress, anything less is indeed despair on a number of levels. Life goes forward, in evolutionary terms, there is no standing still. Yet human evolution, as distinct from what is known of the survival instincts inherent in animal evolution, continues into the growth of civilization, developing interest in human dignity and the intelligent future of humankind.

America has been blessed with a unique and inspiring constitution, one that has surely guided her over many generations, even into the modern age, in which she stands triumphant as the greatest and most prosperous power ever to have existed on the face of the Earth. Yet, new demands and even more so new opportunities should lead us to question whether amendments may yet be made to reflect a growing realisation that the society of early colonies that it first spoke to have changed immensely into the great nation that stands before us now. A nation that by its very position leads the world, as only it can. A nation composed first and foremost of all the other nations. Only by savouring this deep fact can we have a grasp of the actual reality we encounter here, so often rendered hazy by the specific concerns of economics, politics, or military matters. Only by seeing the meaning behind events can we see the truth guiding them.

Fist of all we need to realise that America has indeed evolved the institutions vital to her future. Her future, multifaceted though it may be, lies in the education of her children. Here we see that some wonderful institutions have arisen- the PBS network, the Discovery Channel and various radio stations that devote themselves to uncovering the latent creativity in the humans they speak to. This, more than anything, is a measure of America and her children’s level of advancement, civilisation, decency. This decency is at the core of any nation, real or imagined, present, past or future. These core values are what we must hold most dear, what we should realise that, despite the mists of confusion around us, we do indeed hold most dear. Already, we are talking in terms unfamiliar to the mainstream media that sets itself the task of informing, guiding, protecting the innocence of the nation. Already we are talking in terms that feel true, rather than offer the kind of ideological correctness that competing political visions addict themselves to. Already we are talking in humanly real terms rather than theoretical, pseudo-scientific ones.

And we should indeed be wary of pseudoscience. Science, like art or religion, is a definite pillar of civilisation. Without it, we are lost, condemned to primitive life, to greater toil and superstition. Science, like these other limbs of mankind, is what we shall use to walk to our true freedom as a species, freedom from need and fear, a freedom to create as never before.

So I hereby propose, offer, even, a new clause in the constitution to go with the provisions for freedom of religion, important and ever-relevant though that might be. We need a corollary freedom of science, freedom to respect and recognise scientific achievement as objective progress in the outer realm, just as the freedom to advance in our inner realm is guaranteed in the freedom of religion. For what is religion if not a path to guide us in the inner realm of subjective understandings of higher truth, personal salvation and the holding of values that whilst they may be objectively unprovable, nevertheless have inestimable value to those who hold them dear. Without inner truth, life would be a desert of limitation, so let us water in the oasis of the wonderful and miraculous, whilst simultaneously realising that it may well only be so wonderful and miraculous for we ourselves.

Maintaining the freedom of science is to protect it from the assaults of religion, or the state, just as religion and the state are guaranteed separation from one another. There may be no national religion as such, just as the nation may not favour or oppress any one religion. Likewise, the religion may not seek to dominate the state and throw it away from its constitutional commitment to rational enterprise in a competitive world, filled though it may be with as yet unrealised opportunities.Science too need to be freed to fulfill its guiding function, through a far greater respect being given to the learned authorities of the great scientific institutions, institutions that had far from found their current form when the nation itself was first founded.

Emerging problems such as global warming, the invention of ever-more effective weapons of mass destruction, possibilities unleashed by greater understandings of DNA, and the still-emerging race to exploit the opportunities offered by space need nothing more than ethical, reasonable guidance. This guidance cannot be supplied solely by political bodies, or politically-minded people. Nor, need it be said, can it be effectively regulated by the dictates of ever-aging religious moral understandings. Yet still, it surely needs guidance, understanding and a voice to proclaim it&s findings in a binding and respectable form.

With this in mind, the new additions to the constitution will enshrine the position of authority in worldly matter sot the union of concerned scientists, or some other as yet uncreated body that is able and willing to assume this lofty position. The results of failing to do this in a timely manner could be disastrous, or even catastrophic. Luckily, we still yet have time, but it makes sense to briefly outline the manner in which this should be done.

The Scientific Authorities

The power and position of these authorities are part of a new division of power, one that will emerge first in the USA and later in the emerging world state, now presently and however vaguely organized by the United Nations, a deeply corrupt, yet equally necessary institution that aims, at the very least, to save us from ourselves and restrain the natural egotism and hyper-competition that has caused so much destruction to our beautiful world and so much needless pain to our human family living upon it.

It is vital that the important avenues of science are not politicised, belittled with intent to ‘wish them away’, or made subject to the growing threat of superstition and big business concerns that see such information as a barrier to ever-greater profits, whatever the risks involved.

Also, education should be freed from belittling superstition that might render it compromised beyond recognition. Evolution, for example, happened, happens and will happen, whether we like it or not. No, evolutionary science has no mandate to organise society along survivalist or other lines, nor do its findings need to replace conventional morality with one assuming (wrongly), that since we are descended from animals and in particular a certain species that resembled closely modern-day lemurs, that by process of reduction we are in fact nothing more and the law of the jungle should apply to us, too. We should be freed, once and for all from such stupidity and the clearest and most concise way to ensure this is quite simply the constitutional path of amendment for present conditions, the path laid down by our forefathers and still, ever the relevant one today.

Only with this change can necessary progress be achieved in areas of the environment, transport, economics and health. The scientificising of these vital social endeavours should not be stopped, though it should simultaneously be made clear that this process in no way should impinge on the pursuit of happiness, religious conceptions of heaven or enlightenment, or service to their conceptions of the divine. The fact science has and always will be unable to locate God doesn’t mean belief necessarily should be mindlessly ridiculed away. This goes for people’s interior discussions on such matters as much as it does for their outer iterations.

These three branches of government, inner, (religion), social (politics) and outer (science) should respect one another, grow and intertwine one another, but always be seen as separate and distinct as far as undue influence goes. Hence we can have the rational pursuit of inner, subjective goals we have always dreamed of. The foundation or recognition of Academies of the sciences and formalised branches of government, though with no political power of their own, will be a great boon to progress and the building of a country that ever-more recognises the unique dignity of humankind on this planet, extending courtesies to other life within it and even beyond its atmospheric sphere into space. The possibilities are staggering.

Thank you for your time.


“All For One and One For All”… Getting Beyond the Ego

The flight of a butterfly is an adventure of the mind, if you are that very butterfly.

Recently, as many who know me will know, I’ve been heading out to Suwa Jinga in the mornings to take photos and then heading back to the safety of air conditioning before it gets too hot. I’m not just there for the photos. Being surrounded by the tall, wise, cooling trees and fluttering butterflies is an ethereal experience in itself. But I feel something more is drawing me there, like a moth to a light, or a bee to a flower.

Yesterday I took my time wondering amidst the trees and set up an infrared photo in one of the shady regions. Now as I said in my last post, these photos can take time… This particular one needed about seven minutes on the taking side, which means a further seven to take a black frame for noise subtraction, an essential part of the process. So I decided I’d do a little study while I waited for the camera and chanced upon this page. It suggested an exercise to increase awareness by expanding your sense of empathy to people or things around you, entering their minds, as it were to experience the universe from their point of view and attaining a wider sense of how things are.

I started on one of the big, black and dark-blue butterflies that flit between the trees. Imagining I could do the same, I felt a much richer sense of the environment. Height and tree-cover suddenly became relevant, as the trees became as central to my perspective as the surrounding buildings and shops are to the average human. The shrine structures themselves, of course, faded into obscurity, seen this way.

The next thing that occurred to me was a traffic policeman who had suddenly drifted in to sit on a bench and listen to his iPod and doze off. I found it a nice enough seen, but I couldn’t quite enter into it and the fact he sometimes woke up a little and threw not so friendly glances in my direction didn’t help much.

Then something remarkable happened, which I suppose could be coincidence, but Ai couldn’t help but see as connected to my little exercise. A young guy entered, with a small camera to take photos of the shrine. He gestured to me and we swapped stories. Apparently he is a care worker whose hobby is visiting shrines, not just here, but far and  wide. He showed me photos on his camera of ones in Omiya, where he was going later that day, Izu and Nikko. In fact, he collects the spring water from each shrine and carried some in bottles in his bag, as he believes the essence of the kami from each one resides in it. He showed me other photos, of bright, rainbow-like orbs above shrines he called kami and a very dragonesque cloud over a shrine that he said literally is a dragon, the shape showing what it is. Whilst I’m sure many people would call the ‘kami’ examples of lens flare and the ‘dragon’ a random shape, or perhaps a shape that had inspired the myths of dragons many years ago, I was prepared to suspend my disbelief. Now his world was mine and the narrow one of only my ego, with it’s personal, survival-centered (including economic survival) concerns had to be set aside as just another illusion, one more limited interpretation of reality, now that this one had come to the fore.

I showed his the web-page and told him of the exercise to regain a sense of all-oneness and transcend individual blinkered understandings. He smiled and understood immediately, probably better than I did; “All for one and one for all?!” Yes, that’s what it means. It’s not just a metaphysical explanation, but an emotional one, too. We are all in this together. Indivisible connected and with a clear mind we can be happy for every expansive success, however small, as it is one of our victories, too. For my own part, I was happy to have made a new friend…

It made me realise, thinking now, that there is a lot more going on with the seemingly frivolous social- networking we do so much of these days. We aren’t just swapping photos and silly jokes, but actually sharing in one another’s experiences, to realise on a greater level more of who we ourselves really are. Its like lots of people realising they are really all one, related family, or droplets, each individual, finding out they are all part of a vast, seemingly infinite ocean. Seen this way, it’s an invigorating, exciting experience, a fusion and ‘reunion’ of all the parts of humanity.

So think this next time you like a photo or Facebook post, seen from a broader perspective, you are actually liking another part of your cosmic self, reaffirming your essential and the internet are part of a human process of growth, reorganisation and even, dare I say it, evolution. A leaving behind of the fearful, primate-based, tribal ways of life, for a broader realisation of our destiny.

“All for one and one for all, indeed”!

The Zen of Photography

Recently, I’ve been writing here a lot about gear and I’ll admit, I am a bit of a gear head! But I like to think there’s more to me than that, so today I’d like to go into what going out and taking photos really means to me and what it involves (or avoids).

There are as many subjects and cameras as there are people, because what really gives them meaning is the way they are seen. In a sense, photography is like a game seen this way, with a central set of rules, mostly revolving around the rules of physics and the way light travels, with other less clear ones determining the aesthetics involved in getting a good result. A ‘good’ photo comes from awareness of these rules, but more than that, a ‘great’ photo rises when one can express something remarkable despite them, feeling no limitation. A great photo is an expression of total freedom of expression, in a universe full of limitations. It is a ‘zen like’ moment.

I’d wager that there aren’t too many truly great photos in existence, though there are a lot of good ones, which for many purposes are more than good enough. I’d also add to this that the notion of a lucky capture, which is how such great photos might seem, free from the weight of effort and struggle as they appear, will only be made the most of by someone who can consistently follow the rules enough to take ‘good’ photos. An ability to transcend the rules comes from knowing what they are and at least seeming to break through and go beyond them.

You cant be open to the wonderful, serendipitous events of life if your mind is burdened by other concerns. For me, a photographic walk is a walk in the world as if one is totally free from its burdons. This doesn’t mean you have a perfect life or a perfect mind, just that you are able to lay aside anything that would get in the way of as pure a perception of things as possible. You hear a lot about the techniques and carefully-selected equipment of photographers, but not so much about their clear, open state of mind. In terms of equipment, pros tend to like easy to use and access tools that don’t get in the way, but you hear less about what they shouldn’t be getting in the way of. You hear a lot less about their mental training, or techniques of relaxation to open their mind to an ‘unstained’ view of the world, in which their ego doesn’t get in the way of pure perception, or cloud their personality.

There’s a few reasons for this. One is that many people aspire to be great photographers and think that by following the outer forms sufficiently themselves, that will be enough. They research the equipment and even buy things sometimes way out of their range of skill to use. This state of affairs is unlikely to change, as so much of the sales of super-expensive equipment no doubt is made to people who see it as the route to ‘great’ photos, which of course is partly true as the image quality and usability it has is unsurpassed in many situations. Another reason is that, unlike sports, or arts and so on, famous photographers are a lot less well known. Even they have to do many ‘bread and butter’ jobs just to get by and no-one is too interested in the less than inspiring results this can lead to. Photography, especially fast, colour photography is a relative newcomer and has only fairly recently been accepted as an art at all.

Which all means that if you really want to be a better photographer, it is best to combine a study of the skills of it, the necessities of photography as a craft, if you like, along with some learning of what the photographers you admire most get up to. What inspires them, how they approach things, what goes through their mind as they take the photo, or conversely how they are able to focus their mind as completely as their camera, so nothing else gets in the way, if only for that moment of capture, that Zen-like moment. More to the point, since there aren’s so many acknowledged greats in photography relative to other arts, it might also be good to study the work and life of artists. Or writers. Photography as an art is just another art, one among many, with its own complex tools and traditions, but obeying the same laws of composition, perspective and needing a similarly freeing, pure perception to find anything worth looking at again in the years to come.

The Playful Spirit of Creative Photography

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Since I last broached the issue last year, there have been a flurry of releases and announcements making this ‘compact system camera’ (CSC) genre increasingly attractive, not only for what we’ve seen, but also for what it hints at. So why bother with a smaller camera? Apart from being more portable, it stands a good chance of being more fun. Look at the DSLR’s. With a few exceptions perhaps, they all look practically the same. Whilst they may have picture styles and so on, the tendency is to shoot as literally as possible, to capture the scene and perhaps play around later with post-processing. They are image-capture machines, very good ones and allow for a lot of creativity, but I’m not so sure that they actively encourage the same kind of experimentation and zaniness as a smaller camera might, one that you bring along to capture what you happen to see and do, rather than having necessarily stepped outside to ‘take photos’.

By contrast, each company’s mirrorless models are wildly different, almost as if they were species as various as a tiger or an antelope. Not having to support a mirror or film has made just about anything possible. Sony, Olympus, Panasonic Nikon, Pentax (and no doubt soon Canon, too), have not only different sensors, but an entirely different concept of what kind of body to put it in. We are witnessing a kind of biodiversity that never really came to digital imagery, except for the odd ‘camera of the future’ prototype until now. Sure, there were some unique designs released, often in compacts, but unless larger sensors were being used, as these do, there wasn’t much point in taking them too seriously and they were often evolutionary dead ends. Now that semi-large-sized sensors like M4/3 or NX can be so high quality, the door is open for all kinds of form-factors and experimentation.

Along with this, I also detect a rekindling of varied, creative photography itself. Now that macho megapixels are less important (and I think they still are to a point, just to get enough fine detail in an image), there is more of a focus on the image’s richness. Dynamic range, artistic style, pleasing colour are all coming to the center stage the way they haven’t since, well, choosing different films was all the rage! Once you can trust your camera to do its thing in the image processing pipeline, there’s just more a state of mind that might produce interesting photos as a by-product of a zest for life, rather than one feeling pressured to capture things ‘as they are’ in the world. It’s basically a question of philosophy and of not letting the power of the gear dictate how it is used, impose any seriousness that might be stifling, or otherwise limit you with an awe of technology. Feeling open to playfulness is a good thing, as playfulness leads to creativity, playfulness being in itself a creative state.

Anyway, I just got into all this to suggest that we should be open to other types of photography, whether post-processed or done with magical filters on the camera (preferably with jpeg/RAW capture to ensure a pristine digital negative). To my mind, this free approach has its natural home on the rangefinders, the Holgas, light DSLRS and perhaps even the camera phones, as they are (relatively) small, light, unassuming and also in their own way very precise, specially made and specialised towards a particular type of capture. A rangefinder is naturally at home with a bright prime, a Holga with its diffuse, mysterious lens and a camera-phone (though less and less these days) simply low quality, lo-fi, with the unique aesthetic this brings. Okay, camera phones have long lost this ever since the iPhone 3G had its camera upgraded, but you will see that Instagram et all makes up for the progress by lofi-ing it once more.

Now, with mirrorless, we have another burst of rangefinderesuqe tools making their way into the world, discouraging merely literal photography with their picture styles, art modes and what not. As they get more popular, they have made their way onto DSLR’s too, with increasing sophistication. I wonder if the results will be taken seriously the same way cross-processing, various types of black and white and exotic lenses are? I suspect it will all come down to how well the effect is done.

In a sense all this is a strange and ironic business. For a camera to succeed it has to be taken seriously, but here I am talking of making them more fun to use. In fact a seriously designed and capable camera that doesn’t get in the way ends up being a lot of fun to use. Knowing the final image will be high quality just helps you get into it all with gusto. The results of all this really can be incredible!

To close, here is a slideshow of image edits of The Incredible Machine, which I’ll be showing in a gallery in Ginza later in the year. The photos were all taken years ago in England, with a Nikon D70 and a Tamron 24-135mm lens. The filters were all added from FX Studio Pro, a sophisticated filtering program available from the Mac App store, or on iOS as an iPad version. I had great fun seeing how the photo changed, not so much getting further away from the original as you might think. No, no, no, getting closer to the nostalgic feeling that the event inspired in me. What is reality? In terms of our personal experience, it’s only what we see of it and through the arts, this insight can miraculously be shared.

Creative Living

No one else lives your life but you and if you’re taking pictures of your life, you work constantly creating snapshots. Those are true images that no one else can see and show the way you live.

-Chase Jarvis

Straight, No Chaser.

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