The Drop

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“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” Anton Chekhov

Water!

The ubiquitous compound, consisting of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen in every molecule, supports our very existence and safeguards our world and all inhabitants that call earth their home.

Water is important – we recognize this axiom.

Do we understand our responsibility to that truth?

In our reality, we are facing profound and complex questions of who will share the clean water? the fresh air? and nutritious food?

We are a global community with global agendas that will demand our full participation and collaboration.

We can count on artists to signal a call to action. Along the Vancouver Seawall that passes by Vancouver Convention West, “The Drop” stands tall, a forceful reminder that life is embedded in drops of water

What do we see?

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau

I agree with Thoreau – what we see is all that really matters.  About a month ago, I was given the opportunity to photograph the work of an aspiring Vancouver artist. The title of his work was Daily Disasters.

The colours reflect the colours of Vancouver: bright flowers with blue skies and rain clouds.

 

 

 

 

The artist remains a mystery to me.  His paintings do not hang in an art gallery.  They belong to the public.

I see art, although some tell me it really is a garbage can.

 

 

 

The Promise of the Impossible!

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“Things are only impossible until they’re not.” Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

My grandfather would say, “I was born before the first automobile and I lived to see a man walk on the moon…anything is possible.”

Biking for Survival

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“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.”  H.G. Wells

I am an avid walker…so I’ve reworked the quote to read:

“When I see  adults on their feet, I do not despair for the future of our health costs.”

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The Waterfall Building

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“Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.”
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

It is known as the Waterfall Building – another architectural landmark designed by our Arthur Erickson. Every time I pass by, I stop for a few moments just to enjoy the sounds of water, before I move on…

Oxymoron

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An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear side by side. I have captured an oxymoron in this photo!  I have every confidence that one day I’ll take a photo of a bike, rather than a car, beside this bike rack.  I will then have captured a tautology….

Grammar can be exciting!