This black and white image was taken in the Sonoran Desert at the Organ Pipe National Monument in December, 2020.
July 17, 2020
Lake Vivienne’s smile is marked by ancient voyeurs, whose minds don’t reflect such chromaticism.
Let us put our eyes to rest amidst wind scream and the hush of bush as it is clarified with memories of recent goat.
Now available on YouTube: Oceanic Triptych (38:53 minutes)
Breakdown of contents
- Introduction: The Breaker (also available as a standalone 4 minute video here)
- Triptych Panel 1: Memory Shores
- Triptych Panel 2: Sheathed Realities
- The Signature
- Triptych Panel 3: Manzanita Warmth
- Closing: The Elsewhere that Codifies (featuring video preview of the Boulder River sequence, forthcoming)
- Oceanic Triptych is intended to be watched in a single sitting, start to finish, ad nauseum to nausea
- Oceanic Triptych is a follow-up to the installation piece Thorough Water: Here and There (which includes video from the Quinault Rain Forest, Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, the Royal Basin on the Olympic Peninsula, and Ross Lake in the North Cascades)
- The unedited, hour-long sunset video is also on YouTube here
- More abstract? Try Gatton Falls Study (playlist)
- More abstract than that? Try Oregon Video Poems (especially the 2019 ones) (playlist)
- What’s next? The Boulder River Sequence (video poetry featuring Char-esque aphorisms, coming in January)
- What’s after that? An untitled San Juan Islands project
Additional Thorough Water videos from May 2019. These collect multiple shots per. Intentional focus on lower-density videos to capture the roughness of the experience. Both can be watched in HD.
On Piestewa in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, 1/21/19
Foot before foot. Each journey belongs to each. The last clap is never the last. I often wonder if this hike will be the final. Then I’m back at the question again. Candlelit now but then it was the sunlit choking effect. I imagine writing “oaking” and can’t help but think of the Oak Creek Vista, and more Arizona laughter. Then Trump. The wall. More symbols. That insidious-cum-necessary laughter a symbol dispelling more and more, more and more, the thoroughfare, it is as important to stress this as it is the systemic prevalence of the Native American stores that are giving life and persisting to an enslavement. It is. And so it is. We walked by the man who said hello so helpfully it was hard not to be completely drawn on in. Vistas abound. Transport back. The man who carried their child down the mountain. The want to tell him: Great Job. And: the group of women and the single voice expressing an insecurity of height. The want to tell her: you are perfectly formed! An exquisite fondness. At the mountain’s top: can’t pronounce Piestewa, but try anyway, and pick up that empty bag left behind like a reminder.
Additional videos recorded at Cannon Beach, Oregon, in October 2018. Part of “Thorough Water,” a Serialized Cascadian Meditation.
Recorded at Cannon Beach, Oregon, in October 2018. Part of “Thorough Water,” a Serialized Cascadian Meditation.