If the essence of life is change, then I imagine its opposite--immutability--must be a form of death. I see my photography as both an affirmation of and reaction to the inexorable process of growth and decay, the wheel of life: my images try to play with the mystery and absurdity of the permanent state of impermanence facing us in this world, and the kinds of images that catch my eye are themselves always changing, as is my technique as I experiment with the ever-evolving technologies and media available today. To me, a good photograph is a small triumph over time, perhaps not on the same scale as a great poem, but no less thrilling in its own way. To quote Henri Cartier-Bresson: We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.
There's something that feels noble about that. I also like what Cartier-Bresson said about his personal experience of what it is to do photography: Photography is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It's a way of life. This seems right to me: the best photography comes from the inner compulsion to capture images, as opposed to stroke one's ego, and I know that because there is an authenticity I feel in my best moments. And photography does free me, albeit temporarily, from the hamster wheel existence that is a part of life, and as such, it is my own form of shout - that I am alive, that i am open to creation in all its forms, that i know we all pass out of the frame in the end but that only fires my determination to record that we were here and lived and loved...
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"Thank you so much for sharing your world with us."
18th April, 2008
"CK makes me want to build a tree house, raise some kids, and make my own camera out of a grassy field. His images are timeless and have so much intelligence and revelation~!@"
29th September, 2007
Eyal Golshani says:
"Every time I visit your page I find it a pleasure, keep up the amazing work.
20th September, 2007
Mariela Sevilla says:
"I really love your work, I'm your fan :), I think you have a gift you are an artist with a camera"
29th August, 2007
"what can i say?!? look at his stream...ck is light years ahead us! i love flickr because i get to interact with genius like this!"
23rd June, 2007
aka bea says:
"Chris, in true visionary fashion, takes the phrase "thinking outside the box" to a whole new level by turning any found cylinder or box into a camera capable of producing exquisite, magical images! Not only is he teeming with creativity and enthusiasm, he's also a super nice person to boot! Thank You Chris!"
14th February, 2007
"Warm and passionate images."
31st December, 2006
AS TO BEGIN… CHRIS... HE IS THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER IN FLICKR!!!! IN SERIOUS! THEIR PHOTOS ARE OF WHICH THEM SAMPLES TO YOUR FRIENDS AND THAT YOU COMMENT WITH JOY! ABSOLUTELY EXPERIMENTAL, NOTE THAT LOVES WHAT HE DOES, NOTE THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHY IS FOR THE ONE CURES TO THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS WORLD! , IF NOTE THAT YOU ARE SENSIBLE CHRIS! FROM THE BEGINNING! THANKS FOR BEING SO GOOD WITH ME AND THANKS FOR SHARING! I HOPE THAT NEVER YOU LEAVE OF TAKE PHOTOS!!!! YOR WORK INSPIRE!!"
17th October, 2006
"It s always a pleasure to get positive feedback from CK , his stream just reeks of good taste and proffessionalism , i wear his comments like a badge of honor."
15th October, 2006
"CK's images are a visual symphony, taking on an ever evolving and beautiful life of their own ~~~~~ swirling around inside and finding a home deep within me. What a lovely and unique world Chris shares with us all; forever a part of this viewer - enlarging and teaching me in ways I can never thank him enough for.
Thank you Chris."
14th September, 2006
"Photography still has frontiers. CK is one of the nouveau pioneers in this era of technological progress and the rise of digital. Party on, CK!"
1st September, 2006
"What to say, what to say, indeed. I always find the photos here in this stream and the person behind those many cameras very moving. Genuine, warm, inviting."
26th August, 2006
"Oh what to say, what to say? Well, let me first start off by saying that Chris's stream has become one of my most favorite to visit, not only because of his brilliant showcasings, but also because of his witty humor and clever ideas!
Chris's images are an obvious extension into the creativism that bakes in his heart and soul, driving him towards unpaved roads, as each road becomes brighter with each passing movement. The leaps, the bounds and the emphasis that are placed within each expressionistic image is often cinematically rich and a conceptual framework that can immediately make you consider Chris one of your favorite photographers, and for myself, this is the case.
I know that somewhere down the road, his work will be in exhibits as the Oooo's and Ahhh's will come at a sparkling illustration, as the content becomes infused into people's perceptional ranges.
I always look forward in seeing what he will come up with next and I get quite antsy when I see his image/name pop-up on my Contacts' page.
Please never stop CREATING, my friend! ...I know you won't.
Shine for always!"
11th June, 2006
"After all this time of being inspired by him, I had not yet written a testimonial for CK, and I have no idea why. To be honest, I thought I already did, as my admiration for him is, for me, a truism. Now what can I add the preceding testimonials, to which I fully agree?
His photography, full of effervescence and life, full of stimulating experiments, is a breath of fresh air. Mostly, his photos have soul. Photography is about communication, be it the subject that communicates with us or the photographer that communicates something about him and the subject. We feel that in your photos, Chris. We feel your love. That is the essence of good photographs, and what I would aspire to do.
So I can say I've found a mentor (saying this might make him feel old, because it does make me feel young :-) )
As doctors all over the world advise, browsing his photostream is good for the mind, good for the heart, therefore good for the health. A regular dose is recommended."
15th May, 2006
"[ CK ] (aka: stoopidboi ...lol)is the brilliant mind behind the extremely innovative SPAMera. He totally knocked my socks off with this CANera (as others are know calling it). Pure genius! The SPAMera canera is a work of art in itself. If you have not yet seen the beauty of the SPAMera *please* see his photoset. It blew my mind. I have a lot of respect for this guy!"
12th May, 2006
"to see ck images is a most wonderful thing"
4th May, 2006
i to I says:
"[CK] is: Humble, fun (very fun), great photographer, quite inventive, likes good beer, creative to the max...
Chris's pages have a 'stream of consciousness' feel. I love it! Like Sly Stone once said, "People feel like they need approval from their neighbor..." (or something along those lines - Woodstock, baby). Chris doesn't work like that. He is doing his thing no matter and as a result, he has incredibly unique, well-done and felt images on his stream. Been over to the 'Collaborations' group? Well Chris started it AND keeps it going strong! One other thing - it's obvious he's a great Dad. I respect this guy a lot and always look forward to the learning and visual entertainment his stream offers."
26th April, 2006
"I am so glad i found Chris! He's collaborative, experimental, good-humored, warm, and intelligent. I always know I will find some surpisingly good images when i visit his stream. [CK] is always pushing the photographic envelope. In fact, i wouldn't be surprise if he was using an envelope as a picture-taking device!"
25th April, 2006
"I can't think of any stream more creative and fun than [CK]'s stream. If you need a burst of energy, motivation and inspiration, you'll find it here, guaranteed!
But most of all, I love his wonderfully nostalgic and romantic shots, produced by his latest cleverly engineered pin hole camera. They're to die for.."
3rd April, 2006
Maya Newman says:
"Chris's beautiful images have a dream like quality that I always enjoy getting lost in!"
23rd March, 2006
"CK recognizes the beauty of life in everyday surroundings. His love for his family shines through so many of his captures. He bucks the high tech systems with his love affair with toy and hand-made cameras. He started the Collaboration Group that speaks volumes to his creative ways of sharing and connecting with others. CK is an inspiration, and has a great wit and charm! Thanks Chris for your “Flickr addiction”… it seems to spreading around the globe. (you can send me the $100 now)"
15th March, 2006
myla kent says:
"Chris never ceases to amaze me with his creativity. You'll become quickly addicted to his flickrstream, guaranteed. ;)"
8th March, 2006
"Chris aka [CK] the wonderful photographer whom are so generous with his visual wittiness and brave experimentation... not to mention in sharing his adorable children and the cutest new nephew: Liam.
I adore his way of pushing the envelope to give us something so challenging their geniuses are borderline freaky.
Which is decent as we, his Flickr disciples adored him and can't help calling him "a Freak"
Love you man!"
29th January, 2006
"[ CK ]'s photos have become a Flickr essential for me. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm looking through my contacts' photos or trawling though photos in mixed RSS feeds, his photos always jump out demanding attention. Not only that, his signature quality makes them instantly recognisable; how much of that is there on Flickr? An inspiration, an education. Cheers for sharing your eyes with us [ CK ]."
27th January, 2006
"Chris is so hugely creative and experimental and artistic. And his heart is big and open. His shots are widely varied, unpredictable, intelligent, crafty and full of joy. I'm fortunate to call him a friend."
2nd December, 2005
meg greer says:
"Chris's genuine charachter shines in his work, and it fascinates me whenever I visit his stream. he's one of the first people i met on flickr, and his kindness and supportive words were (and are) invaluable. his images are thoughtful without being overly analytical, confident without being pretentious. his work reflects how much fun he has out there shooting, and it's obvious how much he enjoys the creative process and every facet of photography. there's always something new coming around that mountain, and i dig that about him."
29th November, 2005
"A brilliant and modest photographer. The connection between his camera and his daughter is magical, and he has an eye for moments and skills to capture them that I can only dream about. He really deserves to receive a lot more attention around here."
6th October, 2005
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