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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.


friday with mountains | crabtree falls | hiking for meditation

Hiking for meditation. A recent “Friday With Mountains” hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Crabtree Falls is a 70 ft. cascade on Big Crabtree Creek. The creek spreads over a rock face with many small ledges, giving it a delicate appearance, before trickling into a clear pool at the base. Though there are hardly any crabtrees here now, in the spring, an impressive array of wildflowers abound on the trail, including four species of trillium. By July, ferns fill the forest and soak in the spray of the falls, with rosebay rhododendron in bloom.

The trailhead is located outside Crabtree Falls Campground at mile marker 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A trail leads to a footbridge over the creek at the base of the falls. The trailhead loop starts at the parking area just before the entrance to the campground, and is a medium to strenuous hike at just under 2.5 miles in length. The path to the falls is a rugged, downhill 0.9-mile, with a gentler 1.5-mile uphill return following Crabtree creek upstream before looping back to the parking area.

Crabtree Falls information data courtesy of Wikipedia.

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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 | finding ghosts in familiar places | impermanence

ADRIFT ON THE EMPTY SUMMER, WITH DEPARTING DISTANT MEMORIES.  EVERYBODY HAS SOMEBODY, TO LEAVE BEHIND.

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“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.

IMPERMANENCE.


a modernistic memory | finding ghosts in familiar places | in love with a ghost | introspection

“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.

INTROSPECTION.

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a modernistic memory | finding ghosts in familiar places | a fading failing memory | creativity

“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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“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.

CREATIVITY.


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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a modernistic memory | grove park inn | herschel & huf | asheville nc

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a modernistic memory | adrienne arsht center for the performing arts | miami fl

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miami skyline with helicopters

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miami bayfront

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a modernistic memory | the corner deli in manayunk | sorrentino’s | philadelphia pa

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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.


the interior rooms and the endless distance

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A reflection of moments in time. Our interior rooms with the persistence of place and memory; beautiful and alarming, from past to present. And from attachment to freedom, we give thanks for the smallest of things such as breath and the endless distance.


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.


images for android phones | a portrait in reflection

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A Portrait In Reflection continues my focus on images created with Picsart software on an Android phone platform.


images for android phones | a spiral inward | prelude to form and data

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We can only be who we are, and at one point that has to be enough.

In delineated dreams, we search for that which is truly us. And find that we are only ourselves ….

Today I continued to work on my latest video piece entitled Into Abstraction | Form and Data. Hence, the mention of it as a prelude in this post. In the creative process there seems to be a continuing presence of form and the collection of data. Form and data that can be found in the complexity of thought, inspiration, and imagination. It propels us and shapes our day around it. Almost as if it has a will of its own. As it most certainly does: Shaping beauty from the shadows of our subconscious and giving light to our conscious ambitions, ideas, ambiguities, and dreams.


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 …


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variations | savannah river walk ~ nancy


Happy Birthday Lady

Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter Lady. Here is a photo of Lady and I back in the day. We love you dearly, forever and always. We miss you, and wish you were here with us to celebrate your birthday.

Dionanna Lady McFadden 1978 – 2011

My heart will always remember this moment and all the others.
Love Dad


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Found A New Way To See Her Right Here At Home

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