Art as an experiment.


I was reading an op-ed piece by The New York Times’ Frank Bruni. He said that he was completely worn out. He started by saying that he logged on to his computer and there it was. The never ending chaos and drama coming from one man.

It’s daily. It never ends.

Frank Bruni needed a break. We need a break.No human mind can process the daily stream of lies, disinformation, demands and threats. As my online pal Debra said on her blog, Breathelighter, we need time to do the little things that bring us so much pleasure. Bruni is right. Debra is right.

Me? I have to create before I can disengage.

So, I made this work of art. I call it, Chaos.

It’s how the world looks to me on this day. It’s how the daily barrage of beyond weird news looks to me.

The image was created from two layered photographs. I did some fiddling. I did some tinkering. Then I found a little clarity and headed straight to the gutter as Neil Young would say. I didn’t really head to the gutter, although things are much more interesting there. Instead, I found my direction. I knew I was creating my version of the world around us.


Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

6 thoughts on “Chaos

  1. I’m so glad I could share just a bit of what’s been on my mind, Ray. Thank you. Bruni’s words so resonate with me. I’m trying to figure out how to remain “engaged” but not always be “enraged.” I haven’t figured that out. I’m depending on art and music and beauty to keep me sane! Your beautiful photography is an inspiration.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. You can try what we do. For a couple of days a week, we don’t read the new. We scan social media and only look at art in all its forms. We play a lot of music everyday, but on those days, it’s on all day. Both seems to help. In fact, academic studies seem to back that up.

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      1. I think the dire circumstances and the effect of stress is providing us the opportunity to reflect on the nature of our own mental health, and we are fine-tuning our coping mechanisms. Maybe as we get older that’s not altogether a bad thing…would have liked to felt less pressure to move in this way, but…. 🙂

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