Season’s End

Seasons Greetings.
Seasons Greetings.

Holiday season.

These are my last two pictures of the 2016 holiday season. I didn’t make a lot of “big” Christmas pictures this year. I didn’t feel like it. As we all know, the passing year was a rough one.  2016 was hard on everybody. I guess it shows. Especially, since I believe all art is autobiographical.

Don’t get me wrong. I had a fine Christmas. It’s not about the holiday. It’s about all that preceded it. And, what many fear will come. Storyteller isn’t a political blog, but the world is changing and not in a good way. Two political events happened this year that nobody believed could happen. And, a never-ending war in the Middle East blossomed into one of the largest humanitarian crises the world has ever seen. Innocent people were killed. Ancient cities destroyed.

Of course, there were the passings. People left the planet. Ancestors is what we call them in New Orleans. We mourn. Then we celebrate their lives. So many artists — in the form of musicians — died in 2016.

Everybody matters.

But, some of those who left inspired all of us to do better, to create on a higher level, no matter our art. The cycle of mourning and celebration never seemed to end this year. We all need a break.

Santa and me.
Santa and Me.



I have no idea. I don’t know what’s coming. As they say, it’s above my pay grade. Well above my pay grade. But, I do know that I have to shake this off and move beyond it. To be better. To create at another level. I can’t speak for any of you. You all know what you have to do. Or, not do.

The pictures. I took them walking around. There is a sense of isolation in both of them. You know. That, “all art is autobiographical” thing. Rearing its ugly head. If you look closely at “Santa and Me,” you can see a dog leash on the bottom right of the picture. Guess who was with me? Yep. The dog. The one who sees things. Who helps me take pictures.



6 responses to “Season’s End”

  1. Elizabeth Hopkins Avatar

    These are both so compelling. I definitely get the sense of isolation and melancholy from them. I particularly like the use of frame and eerie, almost washed-out lighting in the Santa one.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you, Elizabeth. I helped the washed out look along some. 🙂 It only got worse today, it seems.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. mdhoffmannphoto Avatar

    Hi Ray – I appreciate your compelling remarks – many folks can relate to your gut-style of communicating.
    May Hope triumph over Cynicism in 2017. And even though some folks may be politically religiously offended,
    … my own hope is anchored in Christ.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It’s something I learned a long time ago. With luck, it’ll be 26 years in April… You know what I say about hope.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. BuntyMcC Avatar

    I hope the dog leads you to joy and creativity in 2017. Anything I could say about world events would be trite. But I recall one miracle- that no one died as a result of the fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta; and one success: Standing Rock. “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in. ” Leonard Cohen


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Too many cracks. And, perfection is for angels.


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