of course when it's feeling "good" you wanna hold on . . . but of course you can't . . . silly monkey, you should have realized by now that holding on changes the nature of things and your left with something quite different than what had inspired you in the first place . ..

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT :

"you" who have thousands and thousands of "favorites" . . . . that's right i'm talking to "you"... go back and take a look through all those images that you've collected with a tap of your star spewing wand, and what you will notice is that once you get a ways into the piles you won't remember ever having seen those pictures before .. . . kind of weird huh ? it's got your little star and maybe even a clever or heart felt comment from you to go along with it but it's as if you've never seen it before . . . . as far as you can remember it's like you've never been there . . . . i think thats kind of provocative, don't you ? it's like a little metaphor for life you might say . . . . now here's a tip . . . . THROW THEM THE FUCK OUT ...... that's right, one by one, just like the way you gathered them in the first place . . . . un do your little stamp of appreciation and approval and throw them the fuck out . . . . .. REALLY ...... one by one by one make them go bye bye . . . . . . even the ones you like and think are GOOD and IMPORTANT and MEANINGFUL even the ones that made you feel that you were a millimeter closer to getting laid by the person who made the image or was in the image . . . throw out those ones that made you feel like a discerning connoisseur, the esteemed CURATOR of some fuck ass group you started stay in touch old chap champaign, peanuts and all that crap . . . . throw out those ones that were your idea of payment for the one that someone gave you . . . that should clear a little bit of space ? then throw out the ones that you thought inspired you and that you imitated and used as a guide to make images that others seemed to approve of which made you feel important and giddy as if your images really did count in the scheme of things and that you really were up to something by jove !!! .. . GET RID OF THEM ! get rid of them like a mattress full of bed bugs . . . who cares if they're "GOOD" you don't remember most of them anyways .... and if you really think that seeing them made you a better photographer then your an idiot and should stop reading now ..... you really think it matters one iota if you toss them ? it doesn't . .. . you think it matters to the people you gave that precious little star to in the first place? OH PLEASE . . . they don't give a shit either and if they do you'll be of greater service to them by pulling your nose out of their ass than you were by sticking it up there in the first place.... OK . . . here's the pay off : by the time you've really whittled your collection way the fuck down to the point that it seems that to go any further would be a serious offense to the true heart of your aesthetic you will have nourished a strength in yourself that will be of great support to you when editing your own work, while going forward as a photographer your self .. . . and more importantly you will express that strength in other areas of your life as well . . . . . you will find it easier to get rid of all sorts of stuff that you've been hanging on to . . . . as you pitch image after image you will begin to experience greater clarity in all respects . . . . you will feel relief, release and start to enjoy a more "roomy/spacious" quality to your life . . . . AND . . . as if that weren't enough, a lot of what you've been taking so seriously will start to look pretty fucking silly ! what a breath of fresh air ! . .. . . try it . . . . stick with it .. . . you can't do it in an afternoon with a snap of your fingers . . . . it's gonna take some time and effort but i suggest that the effort will pay off . . . . . and needless to say don't take my word for it . . .. stop along the way . .. . notice how you're feeling as the shape of your edit reveals itself . . . . "collection" or "dispersion" you be the judge . .. . what feels more enlivening to you ?

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    ... Tina says:

    "The photographer who has turned photograpy into art.

    I'm in love with his work."

    27th May, 2009

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    mensaka says:

    "he is great.. undoubtedly stands out among the masters..
    long life Gary Isaacs"

    1st May, 2009

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    RossinaBossioB says:

    "I have a struggling relationship with Gary Isaac’s photo stream. It’s like an addiction. On one hand he makes me wanna go running for my camera and start photographing everything I see. On the other, he makes me feel so tiny that I end up saying to myself ‘why should I bother’. It’s all due to the brilliance of Gary’s flawless portfolio. There’s no need for words to acknowledge how much beauty, humanity and mindfulness you’ll find in this place…go see for your self…"

    15th January, 2009

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    .no.pussy.blues. says:

    "his pics are like John Fahey or Calexico music: make u think to d desert, make u think to d sand, make u think u wish to be there...just to lost again...and again...and again..."

    2nd October, 2008

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    crack jackson jr says:

    "in an ideal world, we'd all be as inspired and inspiring as gary isaacs, but then his work wouldn't be quite as special as it is. so i like the world the way it is.."

    29th August, 2008

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    Glory Rose says:

    "For sane critique, scroll down past this testimonial.

    If one night you happen to be drunk/high/having a breakdown/ just feeling melancholic/sad/ecstatic -legal or illegal causes- , you have one of 2 options!

    The first is to knock on this guy's door, hope he's not on some out of the moment road trip or sitting in some club chatting up the waitress ;), and that's he'll open the door, let you in or take you out for a nice chat that will leave you feeling you just met a blues musician meets a rock star meets the author of that book you snuck behind your parents' back when you were a teenager -no, he doesn't write for playboy, it's your parents who think books are work of the devil! "footloose anyone?!". Add some devilish angel in the recipe as well and you got him!

    Point is, you'll love this guy if you happen to have 2 cents worth of brain in that box over your neck or even less of a soul!

    Since a whole lot of us are not that privileged to do the previous, you can just click on that FF icon -IE sucks- , type flickr.com/garyisaacs in the address bar & let go of all the firewalls in your heart/brain!


    He is as good as a cigarette & a cup of coffee in front of the window the morning after an "active" night!

    P.S. If you are meeting him, pray that he'll take a camera along and decide you are worthy of a click 'cos he makes people look REALLY good!

    P.P.S. Just to be accurate, if you are that depressed, you still have the option of slitting your throat but I don't want to get into details!"

    26th August, 2008

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    Hanna Lerski says:

    "one of my favorite photographer on flickr.
    gary's photos are not only for eyes, but for the soul too...
    thanks!"

    8th August, 2008

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    yves.lecoq says:

    "Cet homme est sans doute le fils improbable de Dos Passos et de Bukowski."

    15th April, 2008

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    lu 路 says:

    "Pure soul through powerful images. All my respects and admiration, sir."

    15th April, 2008

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    nosdy / Pierre Belhassen says:

    "Great...it works...Well, what could I say which could describe Gary's Art ?...No engineer looks at a remote control without wondering how to transform it into an hypodermic gun...Gary could not look through a camera without making a master-piece...he's a genius."

    13th April, 2008

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    bemjjg says:

    "Gary's photo is amazing beautiful, His photo have a beautiful story. Every one see his flickr will looooooove photos. He is excellent photographer."

    6th April, 2008

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    tetradite says:

    "Mr Isaacs seems to understand intimately the skills of taking a photograph and the art of creating an image.

    Anyone can take a photo, most people can even take a good photo, but in my mind creating a great image is about using our photographic tools and skills to alter the strict 'reality' a camera is capable of recording into something which more resembles how we feel about what we see, rather than just reproducing what it is we see.

    That's what you'll find on this photstream. Damn high quality images. Stuff you can get your teeth into that'll actually make you think about what you are looking at, and what you feel about it. Images with moods and lives of their own.

    I'm rambling now, and if you're still reading this then you've already wasted too much time not looking at Gary's work, so get started..."

    20th March, 2008

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    .Shukri says:

    "Gary's work is in a league of its own. I admit it ... I've shamelessly tried to copy what he does. Tried. How does he get it so very, very right?"

    26th February, 2008

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    `Vorfas says:

    "Gary's photos are magical and deep. An amazing photographer with a lot of skill.
    His pictures tell us wonderful stories. He has a unique personal style that keeps people coming back.
    His work blows my mind...I love how each piece is created upon much thought and processed into magical worlds."

    6th February, 2008

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    rougerouge says:

    "si la photo avait un son, ce serait B.B. KING"

    31st January, 2008

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    Ethereal muse says:

    ""My profile reads...."wanting to be moved by your photographs"......and Gary Isaacs does just that. He unfolds a story before us through his images, and allows us to narrate. His images speak to us, coaxing us to verbalize the emotions that are evoked when perusing his stream. He is a master story teller and proves the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank you Gary for moving me...for allowing your photos to speak for themselves.....and for giving me something to look forward to each and every time in your stream......""

    11th January, 2008

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    agardnas says:

    "The man is outrageously gifted, and his work is one of a kind; a master of his craft."

    6th January, 2008

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    bluechameleon says:

    "Gary Isaacs -- there is no one like him nor will there ever be. Images so unique and filled with emotion they literally take the breath right out of me. Thank you my friend, you are teaching me how to see again...to look from within."

    29th December, 2007

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    Mackeson says:

    "saturday morning
    listening to edie brickell
    rain coming down
    cold coffee in my cup
    i fire up another smoke
    111 images
    remind me
    life is worthwhile
    tears in my eyes"

    8th December, 2007

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    [] bichito [] says:

    "I know G.I. likes old blues. There's an everlasting appearance on the blues iconography: the Devil, the shadow behind us. G.I. acts as a photographer knowing that shadow is more important than the main image itself."

    3rd December, 2007

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    Benjamin Goss says:

    "Eternal, poetic, refined, sublime. From idea/intuition to editing and captions, Gary is the zentih of storytelling."

    3rd December, 2007

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    AngeIhead says:

    "These photos are good to look at."

    12th November, 2007

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    _Hans van de Vorst says:

    "A guy who shoots with raw impact. Pure emotions enhanced and amplified with appropriate treatment. Cinematic and expressive shots of people that can hit you deep within. All 'n all very impressive."

    10th November, 2007

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    Emmanuel Smague says:

    "I love the art of this photographer. Its photos are pure emotions, every time that I see one its image I take a life piece, who gives dreams goes always held in the heart."

    8th November, 2007

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    Eni Turkeshi Imagery says:

    "Gary Isaacs is an excellent photographer .He has the unbelieveable talent to turn even a normal photo to a superb masterpiece.His photos are great transmiters of emotions,moods and different eras.He's a great explorer of the human soul and a great friend.
    Congratulations,pal..keep on the great work!"

    7th November, 2007

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    Carlos Burboa says:

    "gary isaac is, i think, the most incredible artist, he made a miracle from a photo, and a really love his job."

    3rd November, 2007

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    Robert Weissner (off/on) says:

    "Gary, you are an inspirational photographer and an exceptional storyteller. Thank you for sharing your remarkable vision with us."

    19th October, 2007

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    leafy says:

    "... dude, just keep on doin' what you're doin' ..."

    30th September, 2007

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    deatonstreet says:

    "such an inspiration, thank you..."

    30th September, 2007

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    outblissed (somewhat absent) says:

    "simply inspiring. every image tells a story, shows an emotion, makes you think then look and think again."

    25th September, 2007

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    Andrew Shapter says:

    "I'm been a shooter for years and I am all too familiar will the staleness that comes from repetition. Sometimes we have to branch out and view others work in order to garner that much needed inspiration.

    When I discovered the work of Gary Isaacs, I found that inspiration. His images are consistent in style, yet diverse in content. That ain't easy to do over time, yet, he does it. Scroll through his photostream and you'll see what I mean. I salute him for his very inspiring work!"

    25th September, 2007

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    Amanda Olbrys says:

    "im at a lost for words when looking at his images they are truely powerful and strong."

    15th September, 2007

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    Edward Olive Actor Photographer Fotografo Madrid says:

    "unique universe"

    16th September, 2007

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    Federica Erra says:

    "is a true genius"

    14th September, 2007

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    Lorrie - :oP says:

    "My profile reads...."wanting to be moved by your photographs"......and Gary Isaacs does just that. He unfolds a story before us through his images, and allows us to narrate. His images speak to us, coaxing us to verbalize the emotions that are evoked when perusing his stream. He is a master story teller and proves the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank you Gary for moving me...for allowing your photos to speak for themselves.....and for giving me something to look forward to each and every time in your stream......"

    8th September, 2007

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    ZoeRuth says:

    "Gary's photos evoke senses and memories of another time, on alternate planes of the imagination. He has a divine gift for taking mundane day to day scenes and transcending them between pockets of reality and fantasy. He drenches his images in the warmth of the past, and yet pulls inspiration from the candor of present time. His work is graphic, yet wreaking of care and subtlety. His artistic range is matched only by his kindness : )"

    6th September, 2007

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    Leah Makin Photography says:

    "This man has most breathtaking set of photos i've found so far!
    You can see the great amount of time spent of them, not only taking the photo, but the post-processing too.
    A great find on flickr and a true inspiriration."

    6th September, 2007

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    in the secret garden says:

    "Your images are soul.. depth and soul... beauty and poetry.....they move my heart. .. they move me the floor.... they show me a very different world.. a world very deep, beautiful histories sleeps in your dreams..

    It is a pleasure to see your work... and I feel very happy of having found... !!

    I would like to say a lot but.. my English is not very good... so you excuse me.... poetry... it leaves your body.. .."

    21st August, 2007

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    lorrainep says:

    "My absolute favbourite photographer/artist on flickr...not many pictures linger in my thoughts and Garys certainly do that. Wonderful and intelligent, strong visions. Thank you for inspiring me...you surely have :-)"

    4th August, 2007

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    Ted Fines says:

    "gary has a vision that very few possess."

    1st August, 2007

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    stellalee523 says:

    "gary isaacs is one of my favorite photographer on Flickr.His esthetics is totally transcendent!My heart always fall to immeasurable depths between his works,and a lot of time are spent in silent concentration!I can't help throwing off my mind to experience the uncertainty of air in his world.There are such spaces that I can't think but feel.

    I think what gary isaacs pursuit is the spiritual part of art! So I can always follow the extensiveness of it being with my emotion.Everytime,I just throw off my mind to experience his unusual odor which filled his works. Through those exclusive odor,I can perceive his profound soul,and I'm deeply affected by the inward part of it !

    To my mind,gary isaacs is a great photographer as well as a great poet,because He expressed the depth of every image as if he wrote a great poem.No one would miss or fail to see. Such beauty exists here to all who would stop and feel. Do you see it? Just looks like the fluid time is frozen,and waiting to be born......"

    1st August, 2007

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    anon nona says:

    "I don't think I've ever seen photographs so thought provoking as these. Each and every photo a work of art."

    24th July, 2007

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    flickrgrit says:

    "Gary Isaac is undoubtedly an exceptional artist, and if there was an option to fave the whole photostream, I would do so. I have mentioned to him before that his work belongs in an art gallery.

    I have been grappling on how to describe his outstanding work. After reading the testimonials, I believe I finally got it - a master storyteller ! Photographs with soul.

    And I must admit I was like Brett Walker, another superb artist, and I wanted to go get myself a pinhole camera and try to weave the same magic as Gary. Of course, it will never be, as his art and stories are his alone ..."

    23rd July, 2007

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    p.h.y says:

    "gary is an exceptional photographer --- he seems distanced from the subjects but simultaneously giving them the gentlest embrace with his cam."

    19th July, 2007

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    jordan1962 says:

    "I just had a look at Gary Isaac’s picture "The House That Burned" and thought: Welcome to the photostream of the ultimate storyteller on Flickr!
    I will not attempt to comment on any technicalities. I honestly have no clue how he creates his images but I do know that they are pure art and that it will be a fantastic privilege to see him work...
    Gary’s ability to charge his images emotionally is unsurpassed and their mood and atmosphere grab you at the moment you set eyes on them. His titles are kind of revelations (the kind that instantly thickens the plot and creates even more layers to the story). His compositions and his choice of light, shade, models and textures are breathtaking. His images are incredibly vivid and are bound to stay with you! I am sure that his cinematic talent will be noticed (sooner rather than later) as he already has more than enough images on his stream for at least a couple of cult films. While I am enjoying his presence on Flickr, I will be keeping an eye for my invitation to his first première."

    16th July, 2007

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    lowonlands says:

    "PURE ART .. . .. .. .. ..

    'Gary isaacs' has a great eye to create art. I have been watching your portfolio; it has been a very rewarding experience. It has been very intense, therefore tiring. What impresses me it is that the style is appropriated to the message, idea, concept or whatever you want to convey. The toning of your photos emphasizes this quality. Congrats to you and to them for the wonderful body of work that you have presented here. The images transcend the subject and move into a highly personal area that's endlessly satisfying to look at. I can see your hand behind every one of these images. You seem to have a firm grasp on the indefinable quality that rises rote pictures to the level of pure artistry. The use of colors, textures, lighting and pose are spot on in the vast majority of images in your portfolio. Thanks... you are a great artist. I look forward to see more.

    Thanx for so much inspiration

    -L"

    13th July, 2007

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    --Lena-- says:

    "When i was viewing his works, i went totally speechless. The cinematic, dramatic and sensational touch of them really took my breath away. . Surrealistic and there is a mystic aura on all the photos... Really admire you and your talents!!"

    12th July, 2007

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    `michelleBlack says:

    "I have never seen such atmosphere. I idolize your talents"

    9th July, 2007

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    WatermelonSugar says:

    "gary issacs' photos are nothing short of utter brilliance.

    i could ramble on about how is last name isnt trouble
    and a myriad of other things i'm sure
    but the important thing here is that
    you quit reading these testimonials really
    and look at some things that are
    real and frank and amazing.
    Some things that really resonate for me-
    gary isaacs' photos.

    Sometimes you look at someone's photos and you see yourself.
    And that is a strange and wonderful thing."

    5th July, 2007

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    ...cathzilla says:

    "Damn.....

    This guy is on flickr since less than one month, and his stream is already a pure marvel, a delight...
    There's only masterpieces offered to the eyes.

    I'm so glad to have discovered him and his work,
    Gary is one of these photographers that makes that it would be crazy to abandon flickr ;)

    Please, continue to amaze us !"

    1st July, 2007

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    Anna Osk says:

    "Original to the max...stunning shots that stay with you for a while..and you wish you had taken them yourself!
    I've basically favored half of his stream...because I want to be able to look at them over and over again!
    Gary's stream is one of a kind, that is my honest opinion!
    A"

    26th June, 2007

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