words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

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a modernistic memory | trails and portraits

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years ago
it felt like yesterday
the last trail and the relinquishment of a modernistic memory.


a modernistic memory | finding ghosts in familiar places | a place of curated thoughts

Often I think of the small town. The big city. The place where all this started—this thirst. Often I remember, the small town, and the big city: Sleeping with my dreams; fleeting fading dreams. And the curated thoughts come hauntingly back to me.

“A Modernistic Memory” is a new conceptual series based on the connectivity of memory attachments as they relate to places of significance in my past.

“Finding Ghosts In Familiar Places” is an experimental video art piece and re-captured video still remixes that explores the fluid ambiguities and the interwoven hints of nostalgia within the memories of the artist’s past. The film, through its visual and aural construct creates a symbiotic digital awareness that embraces both a conscious mindset of past experiences and the emotional embodiment of the heart found in those experiences. “Finding Ghosts In Familiar Places” is by all accounts a journey of personal recollection and interpersonal intimacy for the artist.

CURATE.

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friday with mountains

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A beautiful day for hiking along the trail at Craggy Gardens off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. This photograph was taken from a small gazebo nestled in the forest and overlooking the valley below. A tranquil setting where you can see wildflowers and blueberries that embellish the Craggy Gardens Trail.

INSPIRATION.

 


a modernistic memory | the “el” @ 52nd and market street | west philly

“A Modernistic Memory” is a new conceptual series based on the connectivity of memory attachments as they relate to places of significance in my past.

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the feel of winter | a different kind of day

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An ethereal drone in the distant soundscape. Approaching through the cold frost and winter mix. A different kind of day.


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out to sea

out to sea


walking along the trail, i found the east bay view

 

lake 2 text 300Lake Conestee, in Mauldin, South Carolina. The East Bay. A peaceful place to remind oneself of the fullness of life, sometimes.


the density of life, sometimes

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Lake Conestee, May 27 th 12:35 pm. The sun was bright and beautiful, but there was a heavy sense of density about.


so full of life, sometimes

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Lake Conestee in Mauldin, South Carolina on May 27th @ 12:30 pm. A quiet place to reflect on the fullness of life, sometimes.


your world beginning | to the distant fir tree

to the distant fir tree

toward a place of subtle things
through fallen leaves
and barren trees
with maps and moments
along the mountain ridge …


your world beginning | we could die together being in love with this moment

we could die being in love with this moment

every place has its own beauty
its own moment and place in time
in which we can disappear
or begin again ….


Another Earth: Girl On The Beach

A moment of drifting waves and splashing sky, with the colors of thing to come …

Another Earth: Girl On The Beach

drifting on the endless sea

the timeless invocation

of thoughts colliding

like the waves upon the shore

and the distant

skyward memories


Images For HD Video: Sometimes In The Waking The Reality Is More Pressing Than The Dream

There are times when I have a visual dream. In the waking. A collage of kinetic images. And as painful as it may sometimes be, I can but only love … living my art; finding fuel for it in the most unlikely places …

a new day …

This piece is an exploration of the moment when waking from a dream. The dream persists, but so does the realities of life:  Our personal journey. As they intrude. Crash. Collide. And take us for a ride along the highway of uncertainty. I think it is here, in this moment, that we can rise from our slumber with our greatest fear or with our greatest hope. As we face the day, with our portfolio of experiences, memories, and designs, we can, with internal intent and wisdom, begin our search for a better tomorrow.

http://youtu.be/58Nwb7HmbLQ  –  Sometimes In the Waking the Reality Is More Pressing Than the Dream 3:10; music by Nine Inch Nails


Images For HD Video: A Day At The Beach (A Tybee Island Remix)

A Tybee Beach remix…

Tybee Island is a small public beach located on the Atlantic Ocean near the Georgia/South Carolina border. It is just a few minutes away from historic Savannah GA.

A day on the beach, with sand and surf in hand.

http://youtu.be/Qsp8xhCNHMw


The Hidden Meaning Of Things Expressed In Silence

A peaceful and beautiful place expressed in silence….

Hidden stream on a cool and brisk day

All things, and man as well, should be like nature, without measure. Hans Jean Arp

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished. –  Sir Francis Bacon

Nature has been mastering itself for some time now, and it is an honor to be able to capture its beauty. – Justin Beckett


An Entire Life And I May Not Know Myself

Sometimes the next chapter is the same as the one before and the one before that….

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Leaving behind the shore of dreams, I often wake to a life lost at sea….

A life misunderstood.

I sometimes wonder if I really know myself at all. I try to grasp, as I look back across the sea, the meaning of what has gone before. What remains on the distant shore…

The beauty of my indecisiveness. The machinations of my decisions.

Haunt me.

Like the fear of being stranded on land as my dreams sail away. There they go I say. Another day and it all remains the same…

Not unlike the fleeing faces in the clouds above or the uneasy sinking in the waves below….


Park Sky Mountain (A Kinetic Design Remix)

When we observe nature from a design perspective, we often see her in a different light….

A day full of wonders in park sky and mountain

A day full of wonders

a place…

to find young love

with green grass

and warm days

 – park

a view…

to dream

of far off lands

and nightshades

– sky

a trail…

to discover one self

on barren summits

and snowy slopes

– mountain


I Thought You Might Like To Meet Me There

Just over the summit we can see the things we dream of….

Through the optical lens, sky and mountain

With the wind behind us, we were heard speaking to one another….

it is here that you first knew

how I truly understood.


Every Artist Deserves A Look Back (A “Best Of” Remix)

This has been a fantastic weekend. I am the featured artist at the dVerse poets pub. Many of the poets that participate and share their poems have given me a lot of positive response. And I certainly do appreciate it. It is motivating and inspirational. Late last night, it came to me that I should share some of my most popular posts. I have only been blogging for 13 months, and have explored a host of themes, concepts and ideas. Below you will find links to the 5 most popular posts so far. They were determined by the number of comments and likes by my readers. I have included thumbnails of each image in the posts. They are in the order of their popularity.

Enjoy

To the right side of my design (a force of nature remix)

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Weekly photo challenge - between

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The silence series: urban meditation

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The path to everlasting consciousness and love (a yellow brick road remix)

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We are the everlasting consciousness (a centered moment remix)

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Bridges

burning the bridges…

leaving the memories behind you

or following the yellow brick road

across that new bridge

the bridge of hope and beauty

and colors in transition….

Bridge

I would like to thank Sheila for inviting me to be the featured artist for the poets at dversepoets. I thought I may write a short poem as well, reflecting my thoughts for the challenge.

Peace


A Different Kind Of Day (A Turning The Page On Tomorrow Remix)

Sometimes in the waking the mornings with you….

The memories you leave behind when we wake

a morning glow

thoughts of you

– linger

with soft anticipation

a morning light

– embracing

dreams of you

and

unrelenting rays of sunshine

turning the page

– on Love

in a different kind of day….


A Night Of A Different Kind (A Turning The Page On Yesterday Remix)

A beautiful night of memories … always seem different in kind….

You bring back memories

at night…

we share a place

away from everyone

different

at night

we embrace something

in each other

beautiful

at night

the moon rises

in our hearts

seeking

Everlasting Light with

Love

– in a different kind of night….