on the turntable (Spearhead: hole in the bucket)

The street is black and shiny from the nightly rain

The glory of the light brings evaporation


Mornings, fresh. oxygen, cleanest.

I take a deep hit to help my mind stay the greenest ...


lyrics by Michael Franti & Spearhead

from the track, Hole in the Bucket


starting out on an upbeat this track takes the old standard "Hole in the Bucket (Dear Liza)" and uses it to bring up the subject of homelessness in america, not leaving the listener with answers but instead questions about compassion and value.


michael explains the origin of the song


just the song




Our Daily Challenge: on the table




the geek behind the curtain: all shots and layers in this assemblage were taken and developed by myself.


listening to this track yesterday was probably the seed for this image today. i'd been thinking about "on the table," and that had gotten me thinking along familiar cultural lines such as, "bread and butter," "our daily bread," and even, "this is My body ..."


8 shots, 10 layers. 3 shots of blurry birds from yesterday, trying to get some use out of them, blended together with the "darken only" style. this morning i woke up extra early and was out again -- and today the sky was choked with fog. so i got even less than yesterday.


the shot of the guy walking was a driveby from my car. his shadow was painted onto the grass by hand using a semi-transparent fuzzy brush. the grass and flowers shot was another driveby that i had to take nearly everyday for 3 weeks before i got one i liked -- it's a patch i pass going home from work, and it was aggravatingly tough lining up at the stop light in such a way that i wasn't blocked by another car, or was moving past too fast. finally "got it right" a couple days ago. i erased the fence and trees from it using a "crosshatch pencil sketch" style brush.


the clouds and sun trying to burn through them was from a trip to the city three weeks ago. plus there are 2 texture layers here, one of a circle of paint spilled onto a sidewalk, and 3 layers worth of burnt scratches from the old volvo to help make the border.


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Taken on July 18, 2012