September 30, 2010

Naked lunch

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
Genesis 3:20.

I’ve always skimmed over that passage without much thought besides noting that
those skins were probably unlined, and a bit itchy. But the animal (whom the
young humans probably knew and had named) had to be captured, killed, and
skinned to provide that first ever garment. Witnessing that (as my friend Rick
noted) must have been quite the experience for the young couple. The first
animal sacrifice. Which by all appearances kicked off the whole predatory order,
life for life, in which we now find ourselves.

Our ancestors had enough consciousness at least to worship the plants and
animals whose sacrifice sustained them. Our Chicken McNuggets, and the millions
of creatures from which they’re derived, earn mostly ridicule, if we notice them at

In a spiritual and anthropological leap, the gratitude expressed by our ancestors
was transferred from the sensate to the inferred. From the creature to the One who
provides all, and forgives all, and gave us dominion over the earth. Thank heaven
we’re forgiven. But it strikes me that paying a little more attention, a little more
regard, once in a while, to what, as William Burroughs phrased it, is on the end of
our forks, and how it got there, could do us some good.

September 27, 2010

September 24, 2010

September 21, 2010

September 20, 2010

bumper crop / 1

"Wag more. Bark less."

September 16, 2010

Passing redux

I’ve been preoccupied with making a living. I think I’m retired, but I rarely turn down the occasional project, shoot, or assignment that still comes my way.

After having completed a couple of new television spots (one must eat), and still in video mode, I felt a yen to do something with the creative momentum. I thought of my "Long time passing" post, a piece that I always thought had a video lurking in its bittersweet light and shadows. You can see it here.

September 10, 2010

September 6, 2010

September 3, 2010