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Life on Mars

[Roma - Metro A Re di Roma]


Una personale interpretazione di un disco fuori da ogni tempo ancora mai ineguagliato.

Percorro questo corridoio 2 volte al giorno e per anni non l'avevo mai visto in questo modo.

Il senso del movimento è stato dato ruotando indietro lo zoom al momento dello scatto come se fosse una piccola fuga all'indietro


A personal interpretation of an out of time record not yet unmatched.

I walk along this corridor two times a day and for years I never saw it in this way.

The sense of movement has been given turning back the zoom when shooting as if it was a small back escape.

Please check out one of the great songs form my generation: Road to Nowhere sung by David Byrne of Talking Heads live at Union Chapel

With former 'restraints' gone, a full indulgence of colour and form with this theme - the uncontrolled and undisciplined mind on overdrive. It's rich and fascinating, with worlds within worlds to explore, it's fractal variations spiralling out into eternity, but without the calm centre, the realm of unrestricted cogitation is a bewitching stream that leads to nowhere but more of itself.




Music Link: "Memories Can't Wait" - Talking Heads, from their album, "Fear of Music", co-written and co-produced with Brian Eno. The protagonist sits in a chair, unable to move, lost completely in the whirlpool or maelstrom of his thoughts, overwhelmed by undisciplined memory. David Byrne is particularly adept at portraying odd and obsessive states of mind and here he really shines at it. Turn it UP.




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:copyright: Richard S Warner ( Visionheart ) - 2014. All Rights Reserved. This image is not for use in any form without explicit, express, written permission.

I used a variety of techniques to create this one.. Photoshop CS2 and Sandbox effects.

Anyway, this song came to mind and hope you like the version I've chosen. David Byrne with 10,000 maniacs.


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Best viewed original size and wearing shades :) Woo, you won't need any coffee this morning!

Two lines from a song by Talking Heads from their landmark album, "Remain in Light", co-written and co-produced with Brian Eno.


The song, "Cross-Eyed and Painless" is right on the beam of front man David Byrne's working philosophy "Stop Making Sense". Yet, the song DOES make sense, a Lot of sense. It may not be expressed in logical linearity, but it is very much about logic and linearity. "Cross-Eyed's" central section features a Burroughs-esque rap on "Facts" and is a scathing critique of our total buy-in on the verity of so-called "Fact".


It questions "Fact" and reveals more about it then we might otherwise realize. This fits in well with my thinking and bears a commonality with a lot of what I've presented here over the years.


With this image I took yet another Pano-Sabotage piece from a series I shot in the Summer of '15, that focuses on shop window advertisement texts as a metaphor for reason and logic. It then busts, warps, reverses and de-constructs the solid verity of the words and thus, of the linear. John Ralston Saul called the linear orientation the tyranny of reason in his seminal book "Voltaire's Bastards ( The Dictatorship of Reason in the West )".


The text in my image equals language, which of course, is linear, logical and progressive / sequential. By sabotaging it's physical structure visually, I hope, through the metaphor, to critique the absolutism that we place in the hands of language. Whether we use the words "Fact" or "Reason", "Logic" or "Language", "Linear" and "Sequential", each of these can be seen as aspects of the larger orientation.


I think it's worth it to quote Ralston Saul on reason in the prelude to the first section of "Voltaire's Bastards", "Argument".


"Reason is a narrow system

swollen to an ideology


With time and power it has

become a dogma, devoid of

direction and disguised as

disinterested inquiry


Like most religions, reason

presents itself as the solution

to the problems it has created".


Now, all that being said, I'm not for a moment suggesting that we jettison reason, logic, linear cognition, facts and "proof" out the window. They've gotten us pretty far. What I am putting forward is an appeal to RE-consider, RE-contextualize, RE-form the dominance of those and place them in a larger framework that understands that the non-linear, the intuitive, the creative, the instinctual, the imaginative aspects are EQUALLY important, crucial even, to the further survival and thriving of human beings.


I see the problems of the day, the polarities and crises in business, politics, medicine, foreign policies, the environment, food supply, energy production and usage etc as all stemming from a crisis where the surgical efficiencies of the rational have now become our prison and outlived their purpose as TOOLS. They've become our masters. Madame H. P. Blavatsky, in the 19th century wisely said, "Mind is a good servant, but a cruel Master". By "mind" she meant the linear, rational, thinking mind.



Music Link: "Cross-Eyed and Painless" - Talking Heads, from their live, concert film, "Stop Making Sense". I chose to put up this version as there's nothing quite like the "Heads" in this incredible performance. Byrne's brilliance and geeky genius is a perfect, joyful and wacky antidote to the hegemony of the left brain. Performed live, the song becomes a celebration as much as it is a critique.


Later ... I found a post on You Tube of the original track from "Remain in Light" with the lyrics. It's really great to read them while listening to the song. So here it is ...


:copyright: Richard S Warner ( Visionheart ) - 2016. All Rights Reserved. This image is not for use in any form without explicit, express, written permission.

"das flores que eu olhei você é mais perfeita que eu já vi"

Rodolfo Abrantes.


Final de primavera e inicio de inverno em São Paulo / Brasil.

To some extent I happily don't know what I'm doing. I feel that it's an artist's responsibility to trust that.

-- David Byrne

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saw him last night at Telluride Bluegrass - so great - he is a genius - wonderful musicians and dancers with him

I wrote and submitted the review and photos within 24 hours of the show starting but it just got posted now...if anyone still wants to read it, go here:

because yesterday was holiday in Portugal, just starting now...


just remember this bike ride( I'm taking this picture from my bike) and reading the Bike diaries of David Byrne

Another visual metaphor for the tangled 'mess' that is our inner world of constant, sub-verbal mental chatter. The title is both a statement and a question. This "mess" is often defended as being rational and reasoned. Is it?




Music Link: "Cross-Eyed and Painless", Talking Heads. Originally on their album "Remain in Light, co-produced and co-written with Brian Eno. This is a live performance from their legendary concert film, "Stop Making Sense", which many critics have called "the greatest concert film of all time". It's certainly up there. The You Tube video is of much poorer quality than the actual remastered DVD release, but this is such a great performance.


David Byrne is at his nerdy, 'psycho' best on the surface while having something quite profound to say about the collision of reason, spontaneous intuition and the limitations of the former. The film's title "Stop Making Sense" also hints at a call to abandon the hegemony of the linear mind. An interesting permutation of the "Should Every Thought Be Entertained" theme.


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Yes, this is a little influenced by own childhood, but with a few differences in there...

Yes, the brilliant David Byrne from the era of the great white suit. Looks nice in a test tube.

5 years and a happy bday to me


MOYERS: I like the idea that it is not the destination that counts, it’s the journey.


CAMPBELL: Yes. As Karlfried Graf Durckheim says, "When you’re on a journey, and the end keeps getting further and further away, then you realize that the real end is the journey."


The Navaho have that wonderful image of what they call the pollen path. Pollen is the life source, The pollen path is the path to the center. The Navaho say, "Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I’m on the pollen path,"


MOYERS: Eden was not, Eden will be.


CAMPBELL: Eden is. "The kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth, and men do not see it."


MOYERS: Eden is ...? -- in this world of pain and suffering and death and violence?


CAMPBELL: That is the way it feels, but This Is It, THIS is Eden. When you see the kingdom spread upon the earth, the old way of living in the world is annihilated. THAT is the end of the world, The end of the world is not an event to come, it is an event of psychological transformation, of visionary transformation. You see not the world of solid things but a world of radiance.


Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth, PBS television series




Our Daily Challenge: spiritual




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


getting to the end of the usable shots from the convention. this is the same girl from two directions. in fact, the right-hand version was half-obscured by someone's head and i had to pull the jacket (from the collar down) off a friend of hers to cover that side.

Dedicated to Freedom of Speech and Movement.


Original cowboy version - Gene Autry


David Byrne — American / Scottish musician and artist, best known as the singer / songwriter in the New Wave band Talking Heads.


David Byrne's page

@ Play the Building, New York, NY


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David Byrne's Bicycle Rack at 57th & 5th, in front of Bergdorf

There are broken things

In my house


Some are twisted

Some are cracked

Some been bended

Till they snapped


There are broken

Things in here

Things in pieces

Things in knots

Things that crumble

In tiny parts


I am fixing broken things

I am fixing broken things

Everyone could use some help

Will you help me fix myself?


I am fixing broken things

Things are mended

Things are glued

I have done

Best I can do


I am fixing broken things

Everyone could use some help

Will you help me fix myself?


See how easy - things can break?

If it's crooked,

Make it straight

Do you love me?

I can't tell

Pick up pieces

And make me well


In this house of broken things

Everyone could use some help

Will you help me fix myself?


I am fixing broken things

Everybody celebrate

Now I got my business straight


~~ David Byrne - Broken Things


Taken somewhere in the southern California desert while driving around with shadowplay a few weeks ago.

Chicago, IL



Made with iPhone 4s using Photosynth & Camera+


All photos © Joshua Mellin per the guidelines listed under "Owner settings" to the right.

“I wouldn't be surprised if poetry - poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs - is how the world works. The world isn't logical; it's a song.” ~ David Byrne.


Self portrait.

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I wouldn't be surprised if poetry - poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs - is how the world works. The world isn't logical, it's a song.


David Byrne : Bicycle Diaries : Penguin Books (2010) p.194

NOTE AND REQUEST! I have this piece of mine up for voting on this round of Saatchi Gallery's showdown. It is only open for voting I believe today and tomorrow. If you like the piece I'd love to have your vote! All you have to do is head to here and click on your score for it. THANKS!!!


This is something really special to me, one of my favourite pieces I have ever made actually.


Where my pieces usually (though having darker subtext) have a colorful and poppy facade, this piece is on black and is ultimately fairly dark.

It is a piece I made at a big transition in my life, I had a really special business and creative working relationship fall apart suddenly, was in a sad period, but in contact with a girl (Caroline) who ultimately I am now engaged to (and who fell in love with the piece, thus I gave it to her and it hangs in her 'office' in our studio) so there was hope but alot of confusion. I was also listening to David Byrne's feelings album non-stop and somehow to me this is him. It is also me. He is kind off done up, make-up on, but it is covering a shell, but he knows it and accepts it for what it is. And the tears are truly expressive of both reasons for crying, there is so much hope, I would even say joy, that can be found in tragedy and trauma.


Ultimately I love this piece because it so simply portrays the emotional paradox of fear and love. It shows a semi-broken individual (and the lines BTW extending out of the head are about a weird personal headache health thing of mine where I have this sensation in the back of my head that I describe as 'the hair in my head' - it's been an ongoing problem for years but I have a sense of humour about it). It also extends out to suggested the connectness to others and how this strange mix of fear and love is something we all have. Very personal and very universal.


It was painted on black felt (which gives it an interesting finish in real life) and used acrylic and oilstick/pastels.

(some of my work never touches a computer)


I promise descriptions are coming soon! I have lots to say about all my work but am overloaded at the moment. For more info please visit my website at

Musician and avid cyclist David Byrne has designed two sets of bike racks for BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Located in front of the Peter Jay Sharp Building, the racks are an interchangeable system of letters of the alphabet which can be assembled to spell words.

Playing The Building, an installation by David Byrne at the Roundhouse, Camden, London 2009.

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