Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blue Hole portraits

Here are some of the lovely people i get to play with in Dean's Blue hole:

This is Liv at the bottom plate

liv and bottom plate

and Livvy upside down

liv upside down

and this is Georgina

georgina and bottom plate

and Georgina being lovely on the platform

georgina on platform

There is the ridiculously good-looking couple of Tomoka and Igor

tomoka and igor coming up from blue hole 2

and me on one of those rare occasions where i get to see a bottom plate at depth

daan and bottomplate by liv
(picture by Liv Philip)

and more commonly, me and my ass

my ass and me by liv
(Picture by Liv Philip -to who i apologize)

Monday, January 30, 2012

the Spirit of the Blue Hole

There are those who don't believe in magic. They reckon it's not logical, not rational. A few years back i was walking down an old street when a beautiful loud noise made me turn my head, and towards me came bobbing over the cobblestones an Aston Martin DB5 -you know, the car James Bond drives in Goldfinger. My jaw dropped, i might have drooled. A traffic cop saw my expression and said: "It's just a car, you know.""No it isn't," i replied, "if that's just a car then Rembrandt is just paint, Handel just sound, life a variation of carbon, love a mere bunch of hormones." Well, that's what i wished i said, anyway -it took me a couple of hours to figure out why that 'just a car' attitude made me so mad. That kind of reductionism sucks all the joy and magic out of life, like expressing a good meal in terms of carbs and proteins.

Now i have the bizarre good fortune to be in a place that is magic, actual, factual magic. Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island. It is unfathomably beautiful

the blue hole

and magic happens there: every day people venture into that darkness on a single breath of air and reach depths no man thought possible until recently; scientist still can't really explain how they do it

tomoka and igor coming up from blue hole

it's enough to turn your world upside down

georgina upside down

As usual, my dad said it better: "A is not A; if A = A, life shrivels to an erotic-less, urge-less, amorphous mass of banalities. Only through negation can we become speechless spectators of the great Presence, for which we live."

Magic works in mysterious ways: i have no underwater camera capable of capturing it, but a friend does, and on this magic day, he graciously lent it to me, allowing me to not only become a speechless spectator of the magical Spirit of the Blue Hole, but photograph it. To all those dull deconstructing rationalists, she says hi

the spirit of the blue hole

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

crazy creatures

Turns out that paradise makes its creatures quite bonkers. The wasps are twice as long

wasp nest

because of a champagne bottle in the middle

wasp with champagne bottle mid

there are bugs with sticks as eyebrows

bug with stick eyebrows

and some with carrots on their heads

bug with carrots on head

the dragon flies wanna hump pegs

dragonfly V

and the spiders have green asses with dots, white skull heads, and yellow legs with black furry pompoms

banana spider III

plus they're huge

banana spider VIII

and of course i'm gonna like orange butterflies, but this one took it to the next level: orange fur and even his eyes were orange

orange butterfly 8

what's really crazy cute though, is the lizards. Not only do they hang at strange angles

lizzard at angle 2

they play peek-a-boo

lizzard peekaboo minimum

Monday, January 23, 2012

playing in Dean's Blue Hole

Here's the first of i hope many Bahamas videos

Thursday, January 19, 2012

putting the art in earth

I often wonder who painted the sky, but when you're in the sky, you can wonder who drew the earth, for it can be quite mad. All this blue and green can be Rothko on a not-so-linear day

bahama colors blue green

and these spots can be Pollock using a fatter brush

spotted sea

but this looks like Japanese script

japanese character islands

betcha it says "hurricanes fuck off"

Wordsworth probably had something to do with this

lonely as a cloud

and maybe Miro had his hand in this

white in aqua

but who made these alien eyes?

bahamas landscape abstract alien eyes

though i suspect O'Keefe designed its tear ducts

bahamas landscape abstract green white blue

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

little nibbler

Squirrel outside the house today

squirrel nibbling

squirrel mid-nibble