Bali

notes on the book Seen and Unseen by Russell Darnley

Russell Darnley’s experiences in Asia are somewhat like my own. We’ve both spent considerable time in Bali, Singapore, and Indonesia, where Russell lived for a number of years. I lived in Japan, another place that Russell wrote about. Russell is Australian; I’m American.  Seen and Unseen is  a collection of short stories  based on Russell`s …

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artwork by Mee_young

The Japanese Photographer in Bali Wave Ghost

In my latest novel, Bali Wave Ghost, there is a character named Kuroyama, who lives directly above the main character, Odie (Mr. Orgasm Donor). Kuroyama is a fictitious character, but one based on my research, life experiences and time-spent-viewing-the-works-of-photographers. like Daido Moriyama, Eikoh Hosoe andAraki, My first introduction to the world of Japanese photography was a …

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MegaJakarta 2

MegaJakarta 1 is here. I have lived in and written about Bali. To live in Bali is to live amongst the tourist industry, the Balinese form of Hinduism and the battle between man and nature. The image above was created at the Jakarta Airport. Noise is the brushstroke of digital photography. Eight links… Tourism in Indonesia …

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dancing on a farm beneath clouds

Inari, Bali and Snow

The Author Show audio  interview with Stephen Black on the Furikake book. On Saturday, April 23, Stephen Black will be reading and presenting the thumb kway artworks and a new artwork entitle Miso Furikake Riceballs. Details here. On April 22, this will be added to the book entitled Furikake. This is the final version of Inari, …

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Aspects of VR in Bali Wave Ghost, the novel by Stephen Black

Beach Road is a short VR film made by Stephen Black and hiverlab. Free download here. (The image at the top of this post, of the parking lot attendant, is a still from Beach Road. Bali Wave Ghost is the latest novel by Stephen Black. Along with three other books, it is a free download until …

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Bali Wave Ghost Bike Karma Crowdfunding

SHORT VERSION: Because of some very good comments and feedback, I am thinking of crowdfunding Bali Wave Ghost, my novel. The proceeds would go to replace a bike that was stolen while in my possession. I, um…am not now in a position to replace it. Crowdfunding can save the day! LONG VERSION: OK, I messed …

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Notes for Mee-Young Arkim Photography Project

This is one of a series of essays on my relationship with, and thoughts on, using photography to create art. My collaboration with the artist Mee-Young Arkim is a starting point and a reference. The first post is here. Unless I am asked to write a review, I do not write about how I look …

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Golden organic forms

I am Waiting for Her to Sing Again

Hope. Prayers, whatever form they may take. Life’s great ups and downs.The following will make its way into Bali Wave Ghost and it is an unwanted addition. I wrote the following because loved ones were in very dark situations. Francesca, like a slow melody on an accordion “A body’s like a musical instrument,full of air …

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