Know the World

The world in water.


I was looking through my archives. Again. Because I’m trying very hard not to repeat myself. And, because I realized that some artistic experiments have been going on for eight or nine years. In a couple of cities. Two states. And, on about four continents.


I’m fascinated by nature. By the yearly spring rebirth of seemingly dead stuff. Especially this year when we the temperature nose-dived for three or four days. When the highs were in the low twenties. Our semi-tropical ecosystem is not used to that. Plants died. Fruit trees took a beating throughout the region.

As I look at the brown sticks that were all that was left over after the freeze and see brand new ferns showing their leaves, I’ve come to understand the cycles of nature a little better. I’ve long known that nature always seeks stasis. I didn’t realize that she could bring some things back from the dead.

Of course, the more we beat her up. The more we pollute our home — the planet — the harder it is for nature to recover. I was just reading about this winter near and around the North Pole. Normally, the water there is frozen solid. Long sheets of ice. Not this winter. There is plenty of clear water to sail through.

Think about it.

There was enough flowing water to make this picture. But, photographing it using my normal approach would be confusing. You wouldn’t know if I made the picture in 2016, 2017 or a few hours ago.

I made it a few hours ago.

I decided to use a lot of editing tools to make it look like a painting. An abstract painting. If that wasn’t enough, I turned it on its side because it looked better to my eye. That long red line on the right was trapped in the horizontal version of this.

If there is anything to be learned from this, we in the digital age have amazing freedom. We can leave things alone and make pictures that completely approximate reality. Or, we can take them someplace else.

It’s up to us.

One more thing. Don’t steal. I’ve banged this drum for forever. Just because you see a picture on the internet doesn’t mean it’s free to use. It’s somebody else’s work. Ask permission. Even though the artist really should be paid, at least give them a credit. Acknowledge their hard work as you would like your own work acknowledged.



6 responses to “Know the World”

  1. kunstkitchen Avatar

    Very effective painterly collage of images. What program do you use for creating these works. IS that face in the lower right yours? Thanks for the bit about stealing work.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It’s only one picture and there’s no face in it.
      I just use Snapseed and this is an iPhone picture.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kunstkitchen Avatar

        What? I see a face. Guess I have a great imagination! Thanks!


      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        No faces. It’s just stuff floating in a stream. 😂⚜️📷

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  2. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    it is always possible to acknowledge…acknowledgement and IP are issues for photographers and artists…yesterday I listened to a musician who said he makes little to no money…yup we all have bills… smiles hedy

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I suppose that depends on the musician’s work. Not making money is often a function of not being able to market yourself so that others see and know your work. I’ve done this for so long, that part has become easy for me. I just ask. If they say no, they’ll think of me next time.


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