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

Posts tagged “Poetry

into abstraction | form and impermanence | what memories and karma may come | a maps, mountains, and trails, remix


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The complexity of the impermanence that fosters ambiguity in our lives. Everything changes except a persistent memory.


your world beginning | there’s never a dream i need to be

there is never a dream i need to be

an empty room
a distant memory;
everybody has somebody
to leave behind …

there’s never a dream i need to be


your world beginning | a history before now


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Day 6 in the “Your World Beginning” series is entitled “A History Before Now.” This film has a more ambient feel to it than the previous “A Life of Contradictions and Disappearing Things. It is sparse in its visual content, while imploring some elements of poetic prose inspired by a fellow poet. It continues the theme of the exploration of daily life, with hints of ambiguity and historical musings as abstraction. Initially, when I created this series, I wanted it to be a distinct leap from my previous series entitled “Your World Disappearing,” giving birth to a new beginning. However, the emotional content that fueled the “Disappearing” series has slowly found its way into this series as well: ‘Everything changes except a persistent memory.’ To some degree, although everything is in constant flux–giving way to things disappearing and beginning simultaneously, there is an ambiguity and mundane existence to it all.


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your world beginning | the beauty of untangled things

your world beginning

an emerging light
left over from a shadowed memory
your world disappearing ….
Ending
and now
your world beginning
with the beauty of untangled things

So it is time to move beyond “Your World Disappearing.” Time to discover the light that heals, that gives beauty and peace; a place to evolve, a future of untangled things … until the cycle repeats itself.

My latest post, from my new series entitled “Your World Beginning.” A series that will consist of video art and digital collage. An evolution of beauty emerging from the ambiguity of my previous series entitled “Your World Disappearing.”


give your tears to time | your world disappearing – video art

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He wrote
in fervent oscillation;
through the center that does not hold …

fingers bloodied and broken
the painful past
and uncertain future,
forged together
in this present moment,

penned with tears given to time
and his world disappearing …

My second video in my short film series under the title “Your World Disappearing”. Exploring ambiguity, and emotional constructs through the lens of ambient minimalism fused with organic and natural elements. “Through art I feel like subtracting”.


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When history calls our names, will we remember | unpublished works

When history calls our names, will we remember | unpublished works

self-portraits
painted with our dreams …
now and forever,
spinning into history


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a polar vortex heading south

a polar vortex heading south

snow
wind
cold
and ice
even here in the deep south; what a week it has been.


N E W D I G I T A L S C A P E S | V A R I A T I O N S – A link to my latest published art book

V A R I A T I O N S

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2013 was a very good year for creativity and artistic exploration: I created a series of video art pieces, that I feel stretched the potential of my imagination. That exploration also enabled me to learn a variety of technical skills in editing within the creative aspect of visual and musical composition. Check out my “Experiment: Data Complex” series. Most notably, my latter sub-series “The World” (4 videos). But I digress, the purpose of this post is to introduce my latest published book entitled:

N E W D I G I T A L S C A P E S | V A R I A T I O N S

In 2013, my photographic and digital artwork could overall, be found, in the “Variations” series. A remix of imagery that explored ambiguity, memories, dreams, and emotional constructs. The book is a total of 140 pages and features over 100 images in a large portrait format. The link above will forward you to my bookstore @ Blurb publishing. There you will be able to access a 37 page preview.

And last but not least, I would like to thank all my fellow bloggers, whose support in 2013 has been a great inspiration.


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not a new year, just another tomorrow

not a new year, just another tomorrow

In the decade of our youth;
timeless, breathless, endless …
we never paused; we never questioned,
the forever future
– until now
and the promise of a “New Year”
just fading into another tomorrow


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outside my window, i made the journey into my own reflection

outside my window | i made the journey into my own reflection

i thought I knew
what was there
here
without you


a tomorrow that never comes | a two ships passing, remix

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an ocean of dreams;
outside my window
with two ships passing …
and a tomorrow that never comes


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experiment: data complex 10 | the world in recollection (a returning place remix) | video art HD

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“The World In Recollection” will be the last in my featured series of the emerging world concept. I am not sure where I will venture into next with video, but I hope to feature more of my own experimental imagery.


experiment: data complex 9 | a world inside (a zen nature remix) | video art in HD

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“A World Inside (A Zen Nature Remix)” is an audio and visual remix of the video piece I composed a few months back entitled “Zen Nature | Landscapes for Well being”. In this remix I added the spinning globe, which I have been featuring in my two previous videos. The emerging global image represents the continuous complexity of societal and existential relationships: In “Data complex 7”, the focused was on social, civil, and political entities. In “Data Complex 8”, I explored emotional ambiguities, abstract thought, and memory attachments as it pertains to the individual. In this piece, “Data Complex 9”, I draw attention to the Earth itself, as a landscape for well-being and Spiritual connection. In the remix, small distinct sound samples were added to the soundtrack, along with poetic thought to the visual construct. The actual visual and aural part of the video ends around the 5 minute mark, with an additional 1:46 seconds of a black screen and silence. “Into creation, into silence”. A moment for the viewer to explore his or her own meditative recollection.


variations | into abstraction: a thoughtful moment on the horizon

It came to me
like a flash
[white
vertical
light]
ascending;
> i was,
… bound
with this thoughtful moment
of self reflection
and disappearance …
just beyond
the distant horizon


variations | into abstraction (a mirrored dream remix)

Seconds after awakening,
a mirrored moment
> my life
here and then

As we move through life, we think of friends and loved ones. Sometimes they visit us in our dreams. And seconds after awakening, we hold onto their presence … Last night I was in my grandmother’s home; Mrs. Aline Pearl Thorne, our beautiful, loving, family matriarch. Even now the dream slips from my consciousness, but the sound of her voice, and my joy in finding and embracing the familiar dinner dish she has prepared still lingers. I thought of a distant cousin, who had one time shared in this experience of family love. Distant we may be, but I can feel that across the continuum that is space and time, we share the same mirrored dream.


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variations | a pattern of maps and trails

variations | while you were gone

without hesitation
i followed
my map
your trail
> to the point of dreaming


experiment: data complex 8 | a world floating by for you and i | video art

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“A World floating By For You and I” is an expression of ambiguity in how we exist within the world around us.


experiment: data complex 6 | all is forgiven

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All is forgiven …

with the final
curtain call
and their last dance
with our beating hearts
and the setting sun
with its’ last goodbye

All is forgiven …

when strange fruit
and black bodies
(hooded)
as they sometimes may be
succumbs … for the last time
to the poplar tree


variations | in a silent way

moving inward
floating forward
> finding the self
through the silent way …

The day continues, not un-like many other days; the miles, attachments, and memories forever with me … I feel the need to search for the path that will only bring the present moment to bare. Thoughts come and go. Emotions rise and fall. Circumstances are unending, but the silent way brings awareness, clarity, stillness and freedom. I find myself traveling without moving, seeing the beauty that surrounds me, and know that I am blessed in this present moment.


variations | the silent place of no maps or memories

In a silent place
with [no – thing]
> just the present moment
and the awareness of being present.

The day began with many thoughts, and as I rode past farms, creeks, trees, and life itself, the thoughts became less and less. Until I was one with the body. One with its perpetual motion. Forward and away. And the awareness of its progression to stillness. Being present. Being Free.


variations | the things we dream when all is forgiven

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the late night
turned into day
> dream
you say …
when all is forgiven


variations | a returning ecstasy

you are …
a returning ecstasy
> now hold me tight
and never let me go …


variations | if only you could remember the stars at night

you held my hand
as the stars fell
and our hearts collided


variations | your heart has been here before

framed by time
expressed in love
your heart in mine