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

Philadelphia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Here is a rewind from my trip to New Orleans. An earlier post entitled: A Bridge Never Too Far (A Seeing Through Everything Remix). I thought this digital collage would be perfect for this challenge. A layered fusion of angles and perspective. Hope you enjoy.

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Images For Android Phones: New Landscapes – 06.07.12

Images For Android Phones: New Landscapes - 06.07.12

it’s raining outside
– like colors
and things
with shapes
i haven’t seen


Urban Contemplation: 14 – The Industrial Revolution and its Deconstruction

The city series….

The forming of an industrial moment in time

The cities where the industrial revolution was founded….

I remember the period in our American history, when the industrial revolution was coming to an end. I was in my mid-twenties and working as a Process Engineer at the DuPont Company. If you were a young person in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s trying to believe in the American dream, a job with the DuPont Company was a great place to start.

Or so I thought. Little to my knowledge, things were about to get very difficult. Life was going to become very hard. The way in which our society ran and governed its social, civil, economic and political spheres were about to change.

The social agenda of the New Deal that sustained the dreams of many families and individuals would slowly be deconstructed until it (with the hopes of some) would be gone forever.

In the mid-seventies, early 1980’s and in 1991 we had economic recessions of various lengths. They were short, but a tell-tale sign of things to come. In 2001 we had another recession. These four recessions were not as severe as the present recession; however, the factors that led to these five occurrences over time are similar; deregulation, the creation of a “false paper economy” and an insidious construct to shift the wealth from the middle class to the wealthy.

And unfortunately it is working.

I was laid off from my job at DuPont after having worked there for four years. Still emerging from the perception that all you had to do was start at an entry level position with a good company; move up the ladder and retire 30 years later. Remember how your parents or grandparents followed this rule and uplifted themselves into the middle-class? It appears that in 2011, that route to the middle-class is long since gone and not returning any time soon. It is a global world now. It is now a have and have not world that is shattering the dreams of many. It is 146 million Americans in the United States living in poverty or near the poverty line. It is a health care system that is dysfunctional and over-wrought with cost. It is an education system that is mostly for profit (remember when the California State Schools were free). It is a manufacturing sector that barely exists.  And it is a corrupt body of government that wants to protect the rich, sustained the rich and become rich, at the expense of the poor.

And the attack is calculated and vicious to the core.

But I love America. With all its faults, it still has the potential to be a great nation. But we must learn from our past, and if possible turn back the hand of time just for a moment. And perhaps in that moment we can have a true political and social conversation, wherein we remember what we fought so hard for—a fair and equal society for all.

This post is in support of all those who participate in the Occupy Wall Street protests in America and around the world.


The Setting Sun and the Years of Our Descent (Recovery Remix 2011)

The city series….

From across the park I see the days end and the last day begin

We remember what we shared—the deep dark place and beautiful heaven.

And to never forget is now the bond that liberates and heals.

It is the recovery we now hold dear

and

the rising sun….


From Across the Park I See the Brownstones Decaying (Recovery Remix 2011)

The city series….

The cyclical life of urban decay

from across the park

i remember

seeing

the place where all this started

the decaying brownstones

and

embracing the thirst that consumes

seeking awareness

in things we knew not of

finding the descent that limits

and subtracts

life

the city was dying…

and we too for years to come


Urban Contemplation: 06 – Dreams that Never Breach the Walls of Sleep

The city series….

Dreams that never breach the walls of sleep….

Urban decay a place of broken dreams

The dreams that search for the freedom from sleep….


Urban Contemplation 05

The city series….

The Door (Recovery Remix 2011)

Transformation: finding new places to find oneself

The door that leads from the city


Urban Contemplation 04

The city series….

Across the River the City that Sleeps with Dreams….

The city that sleeps with dreams


Urban Contemplation 03

The city series….

Maybe Tomorrow a Better Possibility (Recovery Remix 2011)

8 a.m.

tell me the lies

say that you love me

come back to haunt me

for days without end

and nights without rest

the bittersweet siren call

the addict’s sad song

3 a.m.

This post is dedicated to a dear friend, may he rest in peace. It was his kind, centered, and wise words that showed me the way to a better tomorrow.


Urban Contemplation 02

The city series….

The Playground (Recovery Remix 2011)….

Take me away from the place where all this started…this desire.

The playground