August 11, 2014

Cambodia: Friends, New Acquaintances and now some I'm happy to say are now part of my extended family



Albert Pine said it best:  “What we do for ourselves dies with us.  What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

One of the things that propels me to savor “Life” or “Time “it is that the people that I constantly encounter are special that each has something that they have offered me without knowing it, without hesitation without any doubt I know that everyone has something to offer others! 
For weeks and months I was surrounded by a mix a great of souls which felt like  I was being schooled or re-schooled by life.  I close my eyes and hear many alien voices speaking to me. A moment later I feel like I was just pulled back in time…..

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost

So true, sleep the restlessness I have to keeping editing from the slide show of perfect moments…

Marcel Proust wrote, “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were!

As a photographer I beg to differ, because a photograph is a carbon copy of exactly as it was...... 

































Thank you, Thank you for being you and thank you for letting me in!

July 30, 2014

Iphone style~ 30 days up and down the east coast, Florida to New York to Florida Via Virginia, Tennessee & The Carolina's~


Iphone style~  30 days up and down the east coast, Florida to New York to Florida Via Virginia, Tennessee & The Carolina's~  


 The return to Florida last month from Thailand & Cambodia came and went quickly less then 48 hours back I was on a plane heading back to NY. A funeral, an unveiling, a birthday celebration or 2 , a few doctor visit’s then I was off to the farm in upstate NY (https://www.facebook.com/northshirefarm).  


More planes, another train, a long drive and I was still jet lagged and still adjusting everything here, language, English only lol, store hours of operations, to the cold air up there (* compared to Thailand, Cambodia and Miami 98 degrees plus humidity) it was winter time for me up here at 55 degrees at night and 70 degrees during the day. Some say that is perfect, that everyday that every evening should like that.  I disagreed and found myself at a Walmart at 11 pm buying socks and a long sleeve sweatshirt... 


After two weeks helping out on the farm, I headed south riding with my uncle Jay through the country back roads in NY. Loops, wild turns, long flat stretches of road the only being interrupted by hills and valleys where black and white specs which always turned out to cows were in the distance.
After a few hours Jay headed east and I continued south to my next destination The Blue Ridge Mountains in Stuart's Draft Virginia to meet up with Rev Kris.  I was there 2 previous times once to shoot for a Magazine called Destination Travel Magazine on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is Named “America's Favorite Drive" I must agree... the second time I was there I almost drove off a local Virginia dirt road high in the blue ridge mountain’s at 3840 above sea level when a bat, flew into my truck and landed on my arm, we will get to that another time. During that visit I spent a day working from what is called the Top of the Hill, on that farm we were making apple butter with a church group of 150 people. (* Another story from a few years ago)


I found myself back there again this time on my bike, this time I was with a local on another bike, this time the roads are fresh, so, so, so fresh that there are no white lines or yellow lines painted on it, where the heat of the tar mixing with the morning cold created this amazing fog that only rose about 2 feet of the road. It was sporadic and was only seen in the shadows of the pine trees. Very strange, but so amazing to be moving through it at 100 MPH only to see in the distance the upper ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  


What I recalled or dreamed of was the journey in Thailand and Cambodia up in the mountains there on a 150 scooter going over battered roads and inconsistent streets, at 50 -60 MPH and feeling well comfortable, thinking this as I am ripping through these 2 lane roads at twice the speed or more, these are ideal conditions I was alone (* even with other riders I was alone) I was tuned in, the reggae vibe blasted in my ears and life was just a green blur of trees and dancing shadows on the road… 




Stopping only for gas and then for lunch this is part one of the journey south.


From NY to Florida life is simple, life is the Same, Same but different thank you for pointing that out to me again and again… *




With all the rain so many weird butterflies that were like me trying to finding shelter 

Ahhhh Home again... South Beach style.... 


Shout out to Rev Kris, Jay, Josh, Heather, Gertie, Michael, Pastor Pete and Doug in Ashville, Ryan and Kate from St Louis- the boys from Atlanta Cliff and Rob. Good times, good meals, great stories, Great rides!  Thank you…. Thank you.…
And then my oldest buddy has given me a new nickname … “”The Sheik”” Yes I have returned Guercia and I left my mark on your wall… 

July 21, 2014

Cambodia: Ankor Wat The ruins in rain~


The Clouds will Pass~ 

“From time to time, confusion will come. Clouds will come. When you are in confusion there won’t be light. When the cloud is there, there’s no sun; you don’t see the sun. You should at least know that beyond the clouds there is a sun. The cloud will pass. The sun will shine.
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

Siem Reap: the level of level of my comfort was unmatched by anything I have ever experienced prior to this pureness of energy that radiated from within, it rose from below, it welcomed me like no other.  On my scooter I felt that secure connection while traveling on streets with no names, on dirt roads that were littered with pot holes, where at any moment a person could pass you going the opposite way on a one way street in the wrong direction. I can accept that, I can respect that, I can and I did what I could do to avoid any broken bones or worse. I was in Cambodia what I learned in Thailand or one of the things I learned in Thailand was everything is “”Same Same but different.

"Ankor Wat" Cambodia  





"Ankor Wat" at sunrise and at first light right after the rain


































Different it is different it was. Different I learned…….






















Angkor Wat is just one small piece of the jig saw puzzle of what is Cambodia. Spending only three days in the bowels or chambers of this mythical city was clearly not enough time.  Angkor Wat is one giant piece of what once was life, and never will be again. Angkor Wat has left its massive foot print, filled with many questions for us kids to explore, it left us adults to walk about in wonder, it has silenced the scholars, it has pulled in masses of people from around globe and left others speechless and stationary in there tracks.  This is just one small piece of what I feel or what I felt while hiking, walking, riding, sitting and meditating.














Then there are the people (lots of them), the police ( helping you or trying to sell you there hats, badges and police issue belts), the monks (immersed in prayers always looking for a moment to sit with you), the artists of trade (hawking everything from coconut painted scenes to native attire) and the tourists ( OMG from 5am till 6 pm I did everything I could to avoid any white tourist, except the 3 I was with) ,the dogs and cats ( too many to rescue but I did my best to feed) the monkeys, the elephants, the giant red ants, flies and mosquitoes ( it is a jungle) being surrounded by being in the center, being connected here, walking barefoot It was just the most brilliant, amazing, fantastic eye opening experience I have ever walked into! 
















So many more to follow..So many more stories to share.. So many more moments to come..

At the end of this road is there is only.......................


June 29, 2014

Where time stopped, the clouds remained, where turtles swam in the shallow waters, and green lights from the fishing boats light up the night, where the moon turned blue and thunder and lightening rained down~ Koh Tao Thailand

Over the past 3 months I have shared some of travels on here on my Steady 70 blog, on my steady70 facebook page, on my steady 70 twitter page. Some of the things I have shared have about Thailand’s Street Foods, Street Art “Graffiti” the colorful shades of Thailand’s sub culture art ~ then I met Monk Ven Noi; We spoke About his work with Life and Hope Association in Seim Reap, Cambodia~  Before that I introduced you to The Heart & Soul of what is Thailand!


Now we are taking a little trip to the island of Koh Toa~ Where time stopped, the clouds remained, where turtles swam in the shallow waters, and green lights from the fishing boats light up the night, where the moon turned blue and thunder and lightening rained down. It was Island time and we were high on a hill at a place called High bar in Koh Toa watching life down below. 





I am now sitting  drinking my coffee on a deck in New York flipping  through my images of Thailand,I can clearly identify my friends laugh, my friends accents or see their body language as we walk through the streets. I can recall that moment prior to snap of the shutter. I can recall and retain everything of that moment leading up to the decision to hit the button with my finger. What I have left are pieces of life, 
slices of time, suspended moments.  That’s the moment’s I save in my minds eye.








 Through out my travels there were days, nights, mornings, afternoons, evening and whether shooting on a boat, shooting on top of a mountain, shooting from scooter, shooting from a bus, shooting anytime or anyplace and as fate or life would have it I could not get my setting’s correct on my camera. Simple settings like color temp, speed, or my focus was off, for some reason my being out of sync with my camera only meant that I had to connect more with the places I was at and people that I was with and met.  There was one morning that everything went to shit…my lenses repeatedly fogged up, it started to rain, my then more rain clouds, then more shit and we all have had those types days.  It made me laugh at myself, it made me just retune my chi. With in minutes there was a sudden shift in my step. I was here not to just shoot pictures, I was here to experience, I was here to learn, I was here to get affected, I was here to………. Do and do and do I did! On the island of  Koh Tao….




QUOTE

"At some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines... or you can live your life crossing them.   Here's what I know: if you're willing to take a chance... the view from the other side... is spectacular." GA



~Long Live the King~ June 2014

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June 10, 2014

Graffiti in Thailand ~ Street Art ~ Whats better then ART~

Some bigger then life graffiti I've come across throughout Thailand..  I love street art.. 

From Bangkok, From Chiang Mai, From Hua Hin, From Phi Phi, From Koh Samui, From Koh Tao, From Chiang Rai.... I have been shooting walls of graffiti as much as I can.  


 
                
                   It never get's boring seeing graffiti, it is never the same artist's, it is all amazing... 


  
          I love it when artist's take over abandoned buildings, I Love it when they leave there mark... 



It never get's old..... 


                 These are just some of walls and murals I have photographed. Much more to come later...

    
        The colors are a amazing, they bright and so vibrant, so rich these wall are truly worth sharing with the world...



THAILAND"S  GRAFFITI~  

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June 4, 2014

Street Foods of Thailand ~


Foods of Thailand from fresh street meat, live fish, vegetables, tangy fruit, insects,  that are all prepared for you.
Man I love this country~ the food I am almost getting used to the spice and the rich  flavors.  As a foodie I am in heaven,  I found time to pull, edit, retouch and write a little about what I have eaten, seen and…….

What I see is colors so vibrate,  I’ve tasted the freshest hand picked fruits and veggie’s, eaten freshly killed pork, chicken, duck and eaten it either raw or cooked~

What lingers in the air is peppers, fish sauce and BBQ and the sweet smell of wood burning. The heat rises off the grills and the temperature spikes just when you think it cant get hotter it does, it must be the Thai peppers or the green curry!

With that being said I am combing through thousands of images from all over Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Nai , Chiang Rai, Koh Tao, Lumpang, Koh Samui, Mai Sai, Hau Hin,  Phi Phi  and everywhere else I’ve seen…

 So with that being said Bon appétit people….










May 27, 2014

Sitting and speaking with Monk Ven Nol in Cambodia ~ About his work with Life and Hope Association in Seim Reap~


Sitting and speaking with Monk Ven Nol in Cambodia ~ About his work with Life and Hope Association in Seim Reap~


Have look and lend a hand~

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