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

Posts tagged “Virginia Beach

experiment: set the controls | video art

My second video in the “Experiment” series is entitled “Set the Controls”. I worked on the formatting of the video over the last few days. Working mostly at night, I felt driven by the quiet solitude to create noise and kinetic energy visually and with sound. The video itself is a collection of clips from older videos (The Whipping Machine, The World Spins Black | White, Island – Water – Bridge) and new imagery from this past summer vacationing at Virgina Beach. Again, the theme centers around the ideas relating to the Futurism movement of the early 20th century: Modernization, Ambiguity. Complexity. And the fear of things getting out of control. In my work, I like the thought of creating images that juxtapose and provide tension to one another. All the while the soundscapes of cold wind and a distant jack hammer push the tension even further until it climaxes with an atomic blast and a requiem of church bells.


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Post Canvas and Paint: Variations | Last Train To The Beach

Post Canvas And Paint: Variations ~ Last Train To The Beach

years ago
it felt like yesterday
the last train to the beach


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | For The Road Back Home

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | For The Road Back Home

Taking the road back home. Traveling north on route 13 along the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Having just left Virginia Beach via the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel, our destination is Philadelphia. We are thankful for a beautiful morning with a lovely fog filled landscape. Looking forward to seeing my grandchildren and family.


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Another Winter: On The Beach

Another Winter: On The Beach

2012 in passing
Cold morning winds and breaking waves;
Virginia Beach and the memories behind us


Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

It has been a while since I posted on the Challenge. I really like this prompt. So here is my contribution. It is a photo taken with my Android phone of the shore line in Virginia Beach. The phone has no zoom capability. So everything looks far away. But the chair, my girlfriend and the shore line are closer than they appear. I don’t usually contribute any black and white photos, but for this challenge I felt the desire to do so. Some soft focus treatments are used on the image.

Virginia Beach


Another Earth: Ferris Wheel

Just across the ocean, under a glistening sky, a new town, a turning place, one that we have yet to discover …

Another Earth: Ferris Wheel

there’s a happiness

come to earth

with its new birth

spinning lightly in the night sky

children play with their dreams

 – unaware

enchanted by the magic and loss

that has come to town

our every wishful moment

 – found here

on the Ferris Wheel of Life …

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One of my favorite film soundtracks is BT’s Ferris Wheel – Love Theme from the film Monster starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. A beautiful and haunting song. It hangs in the balance of love and life and its uncertainty.

Here is the link to Ferris Wheel – Love Theme

http://youtu.be/t4RtaJYFPy0


Another Earth: The Transcending Dream

You touched me with your thoughts as I felt your dreams float away …

Another Earth: The Transcending Dream

in a dream

another earth …


Another Earth: Bridge Over Water

If on a beautiful day at the beach, we could just bridge the gap between our dreams and our reality …

Another Earth: Bridge Over Water

I often find in the solace of nature’s tranquility, my mind, floating on the ocean waves, and soaring with the clouds above. Here my dreams drift. With untold stories of yearning. A forgotten moment here, an aspiration there. All together within me.

Perhaps gone and abandoned.

Until this very thought, this very day. On the beach. And now, fully free of life’s constraints, I walk across this bridge. A bridge over endless water … The internal ocean of desires.

the deep blue sea

floods my being

– with discovery

and perpetual longing

 – unfolding


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