I am a graphic designer, gardener, bookbuyer, poet, artist, and avid photographer. My artistic growth which heavily subscribes to the adage of perspiration before inspiration has progressively migrated from the manipulation of words and digitalized elements toward the more chronological venue of photography. The moment, the capture, and the fine nets we must first weave to snag what is remarkable but always in flux around us. First it was a digital DSLR camera, then a new lens, then another, and then flash gear, tripods, snoots, softboxes, a light meter, yada yada: money buys better equipment, better equipment can mete out some initial gain in the quality, sharpness, or size of one's photographs, whatever it is you think you're after, but the initial gains and little thrills of new and better equipment rapidly begins to peter out into the shallows of our own experience. Inevitably, I must again resign myself to change, try different methods, and push my myself up another new learning curve. We live in an amazing age where even people with the most pedestrian abilities can capture and duplicate the things that they see in their world with diabolical ease. That said, I am also a great believer in the beauty of this world, what we have left of it anyway, and the spirit inside us all that captures fragments and fissures and shirt tails of this infinite but floating world. I am not Jewish but am a modest scholar of the kabbalah (Not the Madonna kind or what I refer to as "Kabalah light." For me it is an arbitrary yet exquisitely reflexive and malleable spiritual system that, parroting the precepts of Harold Bloom, engenders a desperately needed gnosticism to our troubled times. For me, photography is an expression of that hope for some evolutionary salvation which all the hubbub about 2012 portends on our bookshelves and media. The idea that some day this majestic, infinite, compound eye of the human race will at last be looking at the same thing, in the same direction, with the same lens that will reveal hope and peace to our troubled species at last. Call it the Elysian Leica or perhaps the Uber L lens. lol So, in a word, I think the more all of us strive to see what's beautiful, meaningful, and transformative in our world the closer we will all get together in our vision of world that can heal itself and ourselves without being tainted by neoclassical economics (i.e. endless growth) or the supreme vanity of national, racial, or religious hubris.

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David Ryan
January 2009
Planet Earth, Milky Way
Portland, Oregon, USA
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