I lost my hard worked on Myspace page years ago, long after they were no longer popular but just found a backup page this morning and liked all the quotes and images I put together at that time so thought I would resurrect and modify it. The original myspace page represented an interesting transition in my life.
Play the man, not the odds – If you structure your life in a way that only uses logic, 99% of the time you’re going to come up short. Anybody can play the odds. Anybody can use logic to try and sell a product, land a client or create a business. It’s those who know how to adjust their strategies based on the emotional intelligence gathered from others, who will come up on top. Harvey, Suits
“Fundamentally no wisdom-tree exists, Nor the stand of a mirror bright. Since all is empty from the beginning, Where can the dust alight” H.H. The Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng
“Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.” Eric Hoffer
As a London based photographer, I experienced multiple states of being and transitions. It is interesting to make sense of and understand these myriad vicarious experiences that I had as a paparazzi. My photographic range encompassed album covers, news and entertainment, landscapes, travel, glamour, fashion, erotica, fetish, portraiture and still life photography. High rents and the freedom of the street and the ease of dealing with more commercial mediums such as newspapers, magazines, T.V, internet and mobile phone downloads led me to cross over to entertainment and agency work in 1999.
“To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.” William Blake
Miss Kitty Bliss at William Blake’s last resting place at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
In-depth philosophical discourse with Kate Moss relating to the questions of what are modern ethics, what sorts of things ultimately exist, what are the metaphysics of life, what is genuine epistemology, and what are the correct principles of logic.
I first developed a serious interest in photography in 1985, starting with a Minolta 700. Don McCullin. Cartier Bresson and Weegee were my primary inspirations, hence moving onto Nikon, after seeing the one that saved Don McCullin’s life.
Picture from Kroutchev blogspot
“I have been manipulated, and I have in turn manipulated others, by recording their response to suffering and misery. So there is guilt in every direction: guilt because I don’t practice religion, guilt because I was able to walk away, while this man was dying of starvation or being murdered by another man with a gun. And I am tired of guilt, tired of saying to myself: “I didn’t kill that man on that photograph, I didn’t starve that child.” That’s why I want to photograph landscapes and flowers. I am sentencing myself to peace.” “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” Don McCullin
Nepal(1988) “Langtang shepherd”
After taking pictures in India for 6 months in 1988 and inspired by the Goan beaches, deserts of Rajasthan and “holy” men of Nepal I expanded my mind at Oxford Brookes University, graduating in life experience.
I then worked as a film production/post-production runner and motivated by Peter Lindbergh and Tony Heagren I moved into fashion photography.
The temples of India soon came back to inspire me and with the desire to mimic and step beyond Cartier Bresson’s inspiration after a 7-year search I finally found a teacher in Master Simon Wong at Yellowdragon. Rather than just reading Bresson’s original influence “Zen and the art of archery,” which still inspires my determination to capture my own decisive moments, I sought through photography my own path to enlightenment. Secure in the knowledge, that the YD philosophy places great emphasis on realizing that everything around us is just an illusion.
As humans, we are controlled by our desires through our perception of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches and thoughts as “reality”. As part of real kung fu training, we are aiming to achieve freedom from our desires and raise our consciousness of life to a greater level. By developing this understanding, we will have a much clearer mind, our kung fu will improve and we will gain the wisdom to be able to sort out all the problems in our lives.
Boujis(2006) “Harry’s night”
Therefore as part of our kung fu training, it is important to read and think carefully about the heart sutra every day. By doing this we can begin to better understand the nature of life.
“He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for” Moroccan Proverb
Living Buddha Lian-sheng, Sheng-yen Lu “Despite being short, the 260 words of the Heart Sutra are profound in meaning. The Heart Sutra can be described as `the most profound among the profound, the finest among the finest, the most enlightened among the enlightened`. Most people have heard of this sutra, but find it difficult to understand. Even if they are able to understand the profound meaning behind it (doctrinal realization), they find it very difficult to practice what is in the sutra (actual realization has not yet been achieved).
The Heart Sutra is the ultimate truth, even to the extent of surpassing everything that exists. It is the original consciousness of the universe of the ten directions. All phenomena are the manifestation of the Heart Sutra. All phenomena are attributed to emptiness and all phenomena are the manifestation of emptiness. Thus, there is no difference between phenomenon (form) and emptiness. They are not two, but one.”
The Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
“The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, while moving in the deep course of Prajnaparamita, shed light on the five skandhas and found them equally empty. After this penetration, he overcame all pain.
Listen, Shariputra, form is emptiness, emptiness is form; form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form. The same is true with feeling, perception, intention, and consciousness.
Hear, Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness; they are neither produced nor destroyed, neither defiled nor immaculate, neither increasing nor decreasing. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, intention, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no forms, sounds, smell, tastes, touches, or mental objects; nor is there the realm of the eyes, up to and including the realm of mind consciousness. There is no ignorance or ending of ignorance; up to and including no decay and death or ending of decay and death. There is no suffering, no origination of suffering, no extinction of suffering, and no path; no knowledge and also no attainment.
Because there is no attainment, the bodhisattvas, supported by the Prajnaparamita, find no obstacles for their minds. Having no obstacles, they overcome fear, liberating themselves forever from illusion and realizing perfect Nirvana. All Buddhas in the past, present, and future, through reliance upon Prajnaparamita, arrive at full, right, and universal Enlightenment.
Therefore, one should know that Prajnaparamita is a great spiritual mantra, a great wisdom mantra, a supreme mantra, an unequaled mantra. It destroys all suffering because it is the incorruptible truth. A mantra of Prajnaparamita should, therefore, be proclaimed. This is the mantra:”
GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHISVAHA
My great looking studio on Leonard Street, Shoreditch Studio71(1996-2000) “Studio71 R.I.P”
With a studio, I built up my portfolio but as my gut instincts told me it wasn’t to be and I started covering events/entertainment news for Big Pictures, All Action, Eurofoto, Wenn, and Xposure before joining YD Image.
Pictures taken include the early chronicling of Prince Harry’s rise to notoriety as the drinking, raving, womanizing and street fighting Prince. Sienna Miller and Orlando Bloom’s intimate moment at a polo match, Mickey Rourke stealing another man’s girlfriend, footballer Kieron Dyer’s rape alibi, the comedy terrorist’s security breach at Prince William’s 21st at Windsor Castle, Timberlake’s errant lady, the king of spin Alastair Campbell’s date with Saddam and Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
Sienna Miller and Orlando Bloom’s intimate moment at a polo match. Mickey Rourke stealing another man’s girlfriend, footballer Kieron Dyer’s rape alibi, the comedy terrorist’s security breach at Prince William’s 21st at Windsor Castle, Timberlake’s errant lady, the king of spin Alastair Campbell’s date with Saddam and Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
Mickey Rourke stealing another man’s girlfriend.
Footballer Kieron Dyer’s rape alibi. The comedy terrorist’s security breach at Prince William’s 21st at Windsor Castle, Timberlake’s errant lady, the king of spin Alastair Campbell’s date with Saddam and Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
The comedy terrorist’s security breach at Prince William’s 21st at Windsor Castle.Timberlake’s errant lady, the king of spin Alastair Campbell’s date with Saddam and Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
Timberlake’s errant lady. The king of spin Alastair Campbell’s date with Saddam and Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
The king of spin Alastair Campbell’s date with Saddam.Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
Lindsay Lohan’s internet viral meme exposure. Recent pictures are bringing me into the legal and political arena, which is important if I/we wish to understand how our reality is formalized.
Paparazzi work gave me a profound respect for the law.
I traveled to Cannes, South Africa, Marbella and Ibiza for various news organizations and PR companies.
The entertainment market has been an unorthodox training ground but has certainly been an intriguing world of street journalism, from which my elements of dry humor arise.
My work has been featured in UK newspapers such as The Sun, Star, Sport, Daily and Sunday Mirror, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Daily Record, News of the World, Sunday People, Daily and Sunday Express, Guardian, Telegraph, Evening Standard, Times and Sunday Times
Magazines including Front, Loaded, Zoo, Heat, Star, Now, New, Closer, OK, Hello, Inside Soap, M Celebs, Bliss, Sneak, People (US), Star (US) & National Enquirer (US), as well as being syndicated in many other territories around the world.
And I have appeared on many TV and radio stations including Sky TV, BBC, BBC News 24, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio Belfast, ITN, ITV’s GMTV, Channel 4’s Richard & Judy show, Channel 5 (all UK), CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC (USA), TV Asahi & Fuji (Japan), APTV, Channel 9 (Australia), RTL (Germany).
“Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?” The Joker Batman (1989)
Although I am wiser and less idealistic re: media, after a psychopathic paparazzi (if you ever met this individual you would understand why the public ultimately quite rightly had sympathy for this profession) ripped off the even bigger psychopath Tania Levin Who was also ripping me and others off as it later turned out over pictures that I took of Sienna Miller and Orlando Bloom that set off a whole chain reaction of events. To understand read Without Conscience
“Please remain. You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war.” William Randolph Hearst
“There but for the grace of God go I.” John Bradford
Illustration for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: “Earth could not answer, nor the Seas that mourn”
“It’s early dawn, my love, open your eyes and arise
Gently imbibing and playing the lyre;
For those who are here will not tarry long,
And those who are gone will not return.” Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam ~ Karim Emami translation
“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell” Oscar Wilde
Lily Allen (2006) “Everything’s Just Wonderful…..Do you think, everything, everyone, is going mental, It seems to me that it’s spiraling outta control and it’s inevitable…..”
“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” Eric Hoffer
“In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer” Albert Camus
I paid the price for my stupidity and misplaced compassion, but as the film will illustrate with a lack of insight anyone can have their own bunny boiler!
First Test(1993) “Native Silver”
The learning curve inverted and he temporarily got some money but like a blood diamond, hell had a special place for those that steal from the buddha and with karma it is only a matter of time before what comes around goes around. To quote psychopathic charm could protect him from.
“We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.”
Ode from his book Music and Moonlight (1874): Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy
……..you can never afford to pay the thief to steal the truth from another man’s soul:)
“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
Invictus William Ernest Henley
“Heaven never defaults. The wicked are sure of their wages, sooner or later!” Edwin Hubbell Chapin
“The divine wrath is slow indeed in vengeance, but it makes up for its tardiness by the severity of the punishment.
[Lat., Lento quidem gradu ad vindictam divina procedit ira, sed tarditatem supplicii gravitate compensat.] – Valerius Maximus I, 1, 3
.”A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.” Friedrich Schiller.
“Only through Beauty’s morning-gate, dost thou penetrate the land of knowledge.” Die Künstler (The Artists):
Or to quote from a fantasy literary description, A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Trilogy, Book One) by Ursula K. Le Guin, of an important part of C.G.Jung’s psychology: get to know (your own) shadow, the dark side. Fight it, struggle with it, find out that you can’t run away from it and ultimately accept it as part of yourself and thus grow and develop with it.
a few quotes: Chapter 5 – “…From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.”
“…Master Herbal had taught him much of the healer’s lore, and the first lesson and the last of all that lore as this: Heal the wound and cure the illness, but let the dying spirit go.”
Chapter 4 – “…And the truth is that as a man’s real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do…”
At least we can thank those who wish to destroy for something….the innate desire to look deep within ourselves to understand our relationship with mythological archetypes to relate to, acknowledge, understand and overcome evil.
“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.” ~ Buddha
“Little by little a person becomes evil, as a water pot is filled by drops of water…
Little by little a person becomes good, as a water pot is filled by drops of water. ~ Buddha
“Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.” Arnold Newman
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Genghis Khan…“I am the punishment of God…If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you,” or “It is not sufficient that I succeed all others must fail,’
“Am I a butterfly dreaming I am a person? Or a person dreaming I am a butterfly?” Matsuo Basho, artists, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
“Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.” Sigmund Freud
Dita Von Teese (2005) “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
Jay Nicholls (2006) “Will f**k for coke”
“The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.” Brendan Behan
Lindsay Lohan (2006) “Method acting”
“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu
Lyndsey and Mia(2006) “Glamour models attend the ‘Popstargirl: Bubbler of the Year’ party, held at Umbaba nightclub in Soho. 100 girls were competing to be crowned Miss Bubbler”
Sienna Miller and Orlando Bloom(2005) “How can you be in hell while you are in my heart?” Orlando Bloom
Thieves for their robbery have authority
When judges steal themselves. ~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
Sienna Miller and Orlando Bloom(2005) “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you” Friedrich W. Nietzsche
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.” Oscar Wilde
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hotel California(2003) “Underworld”
“Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness.” Julia Cameron
Alaistair Campbell(2003) “Dr Kelly special”
“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.” Adolf Hitler
Lindsay Lohan(2006) “Maximum exposure, viral meme”…Pase Rock have even penned a song about Lindsay’s “baby rat.”
Pase Rock – Lindsay Lohan’s Revenge
“Free Love is worth more to everyone involved than using sex as a weapon to entrap someone.”
Maya(2001) “Beached Tree”
“Anger is meant to be acted on. It is not meant to be acted out. Anger points the direction. We are meant to use anger as fuel to take the actions we need to move where our anger points us. With a little thought, we can usually translate the message that our anger is sending us.” Julia Cameron
Docklands(2001) “Black Diamond”
“The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dusk Till Dawn(2000) “Divine Intervention”
“I live and love in God’s peculiar light.” Michelangelo.
Lady Rouge(2002) “Stencil Lover”
“There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.”
Cyborg 3001(1999) “Electric shadow”
“They’re right to think that about me, because I’m the person most likely to sleep with my female fans, I genuinely love other women. And I think they know that.”
Padmasambhava( 8th century)
“The founder of Tibetan Buddhism and my Kung Fu Master’s yidam yoga”
“The eagle that is flying high in the sky should not forget that it should come down one day to see its shadow.” Padmasambhava
“If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” Hunter S. Thompson
Irony, chess, art and artistic promotion, satire, cartoons, music, travel, writing, kung fu, feng shui, film, cults, media manipulation, plants, femme fatales, meditation, environmentalism, political philosophy, journalism, conspiracy theory, running, historical haššašins, their ethics and in fiction, cycling, conspiracy fiction, swimming, astrology, new media, Conspiracy Theory the decriminalisation of courtesans, and quotes……..
“For me, woman is photography… A photographer who doesn’t take photos of women is no photographer, or only a third-rate one… women teach you how the world goes around.” Nobuyoshi Araki
London Lite (2006) “Business as usual”
“To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.” “Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology” (1959). In CW 10. Civilization in Transition. P.872 Jung
Liam Gallagher(2005) “Clubbing”
“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.'” Muhammad Ali
‘Beyond belief is the love-life of women, the destiny of men.’ (A Sanskrit proverb. Striyas charitram—purushyassya bhaggyam).
“One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.” ~ Buddha
Aldous Huxley, author of the classic anti-totalitarian novel Brave New World, explained that the most efficient totalitarian system would be one in which the rulers would “control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” In Huxley’s model of the total state, the population was controlled through the use of sex, drugs, vapid entertainment, government-generated slogans, and manufactured social fads.
Neo and Trinity’s rampages are in fact not just blood and guts action, the meat designed to distract the “watch dog of the mind,” as Schuchardt argues. They are acts of nihilist terrorism, and the only way to combat the merchants of the hyperreal.
Anarchy in Toon Town(2001) “Time for change”
Russian anti-Communist Alexander Zinovyev, a world-renowned author, has described how the West, particularly the United States, is descending into a totalitarian culture of the sort predicted by Huxley. “It is enough to switch on the TV set, to go to the movies, to open a best-seller, …to listen to the ubiquitous music,” complained Zinovyen in the July 24, 1999 issue of France’s Le Figaro, “and you’ll find them propagating the cult of sex, violence and money. Noble slogans about tolerance and respect for others are concealing those three pillars of totalitarian democracy.”
Gramsci: A Method to the Madness by William Norman Grigg
Ana Lopes(2001) “IUSW”
“By 1980, when I came out of prison, The Sun did a campaign to stop putting vice girls in prison. We’ve talked about it ever since and nothing has been done about it.”
Music: “Global outlook with commercially viable creative reference.” Dance, ambient, dub…Juno Reactor, Jah Wobble, Prodigy, PJ Harvey, Dead Already American Beauty, Death in Vegas, Orbital, Goldfrapp, Nin, Garbage Crush, Sinead O’Connor Fire On Babylon, Lasqo something, Injection Hans Zimmer, Bats for Lashes, Dead can Dance….
“The album artwork [of their self-titled first album], a ritual mask from New Guinea, attempted to provide a visual reinterpretation of the meaning of the name “Dead Can Dance.” The mask, though once a living part of a tree is dead; nevertheless it has, through the artistry of its maker, been imbued with a life force of its own. To understand why we chose the name, think of the transformation of in animacy to animacy…. Think of the processes concerning life from death and death into life.”
“The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull’s-eye which confronts him. This state of unconscious is realized only when, completely empty and rid of the self, he becomes one with the perfecting of his technical skill, though there is in it something of a quite different order which cannot be attained by any progressive study of the art . . .” Eugen Herrigel
“The difference between genius and insanity is that genius has its limits. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein
Kate Moss (2005) “Favourite drainpipes”
“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”. Shakespeare, W., Twelfth Night, Quote Act II, Scene V.
“Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.” Steve Martin
Advent (1996) “Shaded Elementz”
“Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.” Freedom and Slavery in
Rousseau’s The Social Contract
Films: Dangerous Beauty, Apocalypse Now, Hero, Leon, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, Lord of War, Angelheart, Sin City, Altered States, Performance, Total Recall, Rude Awakening, The Godfather, Gojoe
Documentaries: Orwell Rolls In His Grave, Protocols of Zion Marc Levin, An Inconvenient Truth, Hearts and Minds Peter Davis, Robert Greenwald’s work Outfoxed, Unprecedented The 2000 Presidential Election Why We fight Eugene Jarecki
“La Revolucion is like a great love affair. In the beginning, she is a goddess. A holy cause. But… every love affair has a terrible enemy: time. We see her as she is. La Revolucion is not a goddess but a whore. She was never pure, never saintly, never perfect. And we run away, find another lover, another cause. Quick, sordid affairs. Lust, but no love. Passion, but no compassion. Without love, without a cause, we are… *nothing*! We stay because we believe. We leave because we are disillusioned. We come back because we are lost. We die because we are committed.” Captain Jesus Raza ~ J.W. Grant: ‘Jesus Raza. Jesus, what a name for the bloodiest cutthroat in Mexico!’ The Professionals (1966)
Mile High (2003) “City Flyers”
“Icarus, my son, I charge you to keep at a moderate height, for if you fly too low the damp will make your wings to heavy, and if too high the heat will melt the beeswax. Keep near me and you will be safe.” Daedalus and Icarus ~ Ovid
In short, to fight the Matrix one has to leave the hyperreal far behind, to rigorously think oneself outside it, and then find a way to physically destroy it. Baudrillard, something of a pessimist, doesn’t seem to think that this is remotely possible. Whether we take seriously Neo’s closing message that “anything is possible” depends on whether we believe that the map of the hyperreal has entirely eclipsed the territory of contemporary Baudrillard, like the Wachowskis, find the terrorist resistance to the system both noble and hopeless – even silly.
Self Portrait(1999) “Mindful pleasures”
“Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This is why, in the original screenplay conclusion to the film, we see Neo flying away like Superman as a disbelieving child asks his mother whether people can really fly. Attempts to transcend the hyperreal are puerile, a fantasy for children, worthy of comic book characters. At the same time the possibility of such a transcendence inspires us with awe and a renewed hope for the existence of something solid behind the images.
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Gustav Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflection
Significantly, Neo can be seen as a simulacrum of Jesus Christ and Superman – nothing about him is original or true. If there were still a reality left to represent, he would have to be described as a fake, a phoney, and a false prophet. From the point of view of Baudrillard’s bleak nihilism, the true prophet would be Cypher, who bears the “secret message” of the film: “You see, the truth, the real truth is that the war is over. It’s been over for a long time. And guess what? We lost! Did you hear that – we lost the war.” Since there is no reality left to simulate, Neo is not a fake – he is as hyperreal as the hyperreality he opposes.
“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking… The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.” Albert Einstien.
Like Don Quixote who believes that he lives in an earlier era of knights and damsels, of honor and courtly love, Neo is both a freedom fighter and a terrorist, good and evil, noble and ridiculous. But he is not outside the system, he is embraced and engulfed by it because the reality he is fighting for no longer exists – it is a utopia, an ancient legend.
“If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is, that we should have nothing to do with conquest” Thomas Jefferson
“Paparazzi Rat” Banksky
“As an irrigator guides water to his fields, as an archer aims an arrow, as a carpenter carves wood, the wise shape their lives.” ~ Buddha
“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.” ~ Buddha
Glamour girls(2006) “Pleased to meet you”
“Trickster is at one and the same time creator and destroyer, giver and negator, he who dupes others and who is always duped himself. He wills nothing consciously. At all times he is constrained to behave as he does from impulses over which he has no control. He knows neither good nor evil yet he is responsible for both. He possesses no values, moral or social, is at the mercy of his passions and appetites, yet through his actions all values come into being.”
Television: “It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.” Eric Hoffer
History channel, Chris Morris, Dom Joly, Comic Strip, Mr Ben, Sky news……..
Dwarf Pap(2006) “Unfair advantage”
“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles”
The Comedy Terrorist(2003) “Tea at her Majesty’s Leisure”
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill” Muhammad Ali
Books: A Complete and Detailed Exposition on the True Buddha Tantric Dharma Sheng-Yen Lu, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, The Decisive Moment Henri Cartier-Bresson, Book of Nonsense Edward Lear, Motel Fetish Chas Ray Krider, A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior Tom Bisio, A Private View: Photographs & Diary Sante D’Orazio, Storming Heaven: Lsd and the American Dream Jay Stevens, Araki:Tokyo Lucky Hole, Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain, Workers: Archaeology of the Industrial Age Sebastiao Salgado, Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade Robert Sabbag, Fear and Loathing in Las Vagas Hunter S Thompson, Fire in the Brain Ronald K. Siegel, lord of the rings,
Joubert: I don’t interest myself in “why”. I think more often in terms of “when”, sometimes “where”… always “how much”.
Joubert: You have not much future there. It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile. But he will leave open the door of the car and offer to give you a lift.
Joubert: Oh, no — it’s quite restful. It’s… almost peaceful. Someone is always willing to pay. No need to believe in either side, or any side. There is no cause. There’s only yourself. The belief is in your own precision.
Turner: They’ll print it. Three Days of the Condor
Books: Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools, and Rascal Gurus:Georg Feuerstein, Roy Stuart, Shooting Sex:Bob Carlos Clarke, The Diceman Luke Rhinehart, Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, The Man Who was Thursday G.K.Chesterton….too little time…too many books……..
“For ‘tis the sport to have the enginer / Hoist with his owne petar” — Shakespeare, Hamlet III iv
If you want to be in tune for 2017 you could make your life a whole lot easier with knowing what to avoid and what to focus on.
“These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.” Vernon Cooper
Prince Harry(2003) “Mine’s a double”
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lao Tzu
Louise Glover(2006) “Party girl”
“I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming with a goal in front and not behind” George Bernard Shaw
“Jude Law (Oct 2006) “Road to Perdition”
“More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm.” ~ Buddha
“Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.” G.K.Chesterton
Archetypes and Mythological heroes, “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. — Aleister Crowley
Master photographers… Henri Cartier-Bresson, E. J. Bellocq, William Blake, Sante d’orazio, Bob Carlos Clarke, Helmut Newton, Weegee, Eugene Smith, Peter Lindbergh, Cinematographers, Ancilla Tilia,
“A general is well advised To achieve nothing more than his orders No matter how strong his army To carry out his orders But not glory, boast or be proud;” Sun Tzu
trance, ambient and musical fusers and creative innovators, libertarians and envelope pushers…….
London(2006) “Real rain”
“’Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
London(2006) “Off the streets”
“You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.” — William Blake
London(2007) “Don’t believe the type”
“I keep six honest serving-men
[They taught me all I knew];
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who” — Rudyard Kipling
Prince Harry(2004) “Fight club”
…who can give me the assurance that this God has not arranged that there should be no earth, no heaven, no extended body, no figure, no magnitude, or place, and that nevertheless I should have the perception of all these things, and the persuasion that they do exist other than as I see them?
I shall suppose, therefore, that there is, not a true God, who is the sovereign source of truth, but some evil demon, no less cunning and deceiving than powerful, who has used all his artifice to deceive me. I will suppose that the heavens, the air, the earth, colors, shapes, sounds and all external things that we see, are only illusions and deceptions which he uses to take me in. (100) Discourse on Method and the Meditations By Rene Descartes
“Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength” Lao Tzu
Mobile phone content(2003)
No matter where you read it,
Or who said it,
Even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.” ~ Buddha
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Anon clubber:Boujis(2007) “Beaver Hat girl”
“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” John Connor via Kyle Reese ~ Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
Kyle Reese: Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop… ever, until you are dead!
Unlike Descartes, Neo had to return to the dreamworld of the evil demons, first to visit the Oracle, a Delphic-like priestess whose pronouncements are no clearer than the original conundrums of the Pythian Prophetess; later to save his mentor Morpheus, who has been caught by the Matrix’s virtual Gestapo; and lastly, after his second rebirth, as a sort of Bodhisattva to the unenlightened.
This is the why Neo’s victory over the Matrix, if there is such a victory, could only come about by utterly destroying it as a physical system – by annihilating the technological structure supporting the hyperreality of the Matrix.
Being an advocate of free will……Neo can only respond “That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death.” From the closing scenes of the Matrix and Smith’s more palatable dire fate.
Wellington(2005) “Footballer’s delight”
“In this country, it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.” Candide Voltaire
Nietzsche writes in On the Genealogy of Morals [III:14] of the danger the weak pose for the strong as well as of the danger of ‘great Mitleid’. Nietzsche informs us that ‘the failed, downcast, and broken’ are the ones ‘who most dangerously poison and call into question our confidence in life, in man, in ourselves’. And so he warns us against what he calls ‘the conspiracy of the sufferers’ and against a time when the weakest…. ….might succeed in shoving their own misery, all misery generally into the conscience of the happy: so that they would one day begin to be ashamed of their happiness and perhaps say to each other: ‘it is a disgrace to be happy! there is too much misery!
But how do the weak manage to shove their misery into the conscience of the happy?
They do it by inducing in them ‘great Mitleid’. It begins, according to Nietzsche, with the ‘veiled look’ in the eyes of the wretched which produces in the strong a ‘deep sadness’. Nietzsche eloquently describes that ‘veiled look’ as a dangerous mixture of pain and secret resentment: dangerous, because the resultant ‘deep sadness’ is just the beginning. For Nietzsche predicts that this sadness will eventually grow into guilt and shame until, in the end, the happy begin to doubt their very right to happiness in face of ‘too much misery’. In other words, the misery and wretchedness of the weak has potentially serious consequences for the strong inasmuch as it undermines their hitherto unquestioned confidence in the superior value of themselves and their lives.
Mission statement: The expert witness strives to maintain a balanced worldview that expresses original creative thought and effective business rooted in timelessly proven philosophic principles.
Expert witness examines and provides a view of the society we live in from a philosophic and entertainment perspective.
The lineage and system of philosophic thought that expert witness is based on is my teacher Master Wong’s Yellow Dragon philosophy link to yellowdragon a name that was chosen to honour the meeting between a Taoist monk, Loi Dong Bung, and a Buddhist monk, Yellow Dragon. The meeting led Loi Dong Bung to learn to understand compassion and achieve enlightenment. After this he taught his wisdom and compassion to a great number of people leading to many of them also achieving enlightenment.
Master Simon Wong chose the name Yellow Dragon to honor the open-mindedness of Loi Dong Bung. In many fields, not just the Martial Arts, people who are specialists in their profession often have a great deal of arrogance, and will not humble themselves to listen to a different point of view. Loi Dong Bung was remarkable as despite his great knowledge he was open-minded enough to listen and learn.
During that time Loi Dong Bung had already achieved (physical) immortality, and had become quite arrogant. When he met Yellow Dragon, he was showing off about his achievement, trying to prove he was the best, until Yellow Dragon pointed out to him: “Even if you can live forever, what is the difference between you and my iron staff?”
That means the important thing is the “meaning” in life. If you don’t have compassion, there is no life at all. An iron staff can exist forever, but it has no meaning – where is the life?
After that revelation, Loi Dong Bung began to understand that he was wasting his time achieving something unimportant, and then humbled himself to learn from Yellow Dragon. He began using his wisdom and compassion to help other people. That is what made him a legend.
Wisdom and compassion are like the wings of a bird – on one side wisdom, on the other side compassion. Without each other, the bird cannot fly.
Expert Witness in turn celebrates the meeting of Yellow Dragon principles with mass media and how traditional teaching can and does effect and influence the student to convey this in the mass media, the transformations from all directions and the feedback from this.
Picture with Katrina Clarke working with Relish back in 2002, after a hard days work taking pictures for DVD cover and stills for their website.
“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art” Andy Warhol
Trash art has now been pushed to its extremes in its acceptance and expert witness.
“….spend ten years observing bamboos, become a bamboo yourself, then forget everything and paint,”
Taoist artistic style is the splash ink method, which originated from Wang Qia, the Tang Dynasty. The paint is spontaneously and subtly controlled: understood by the Taoist as a hypnotic state that highlights momentary existence and nonexistence – expressing the sentiment of the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra that form is emptiness and emptiness is form, thus, depicting man’s relationship and interconnectedness with the cosmos.
We are generally averse to introspection and balancing the pressures of our internal and external environment as Eric Hoffer observed “Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.” We water the gardens of our spirit constantly trying to de-weed the irrational and negative thoughts that can so easily strangle our soul.
“They had the document, they kept it to themselves, and then they destroyed it. These are the facts of the case. And they are undisputed.” Mike quoting A Few Good Men in Suits