Other Ways


Many prayers.

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doorway to…

With no imagination it could be a doorway to the building. With just a little imagination it could be a doorway to the unique. With more imagination it could be the doorway to the universe. You pick. I like that latter.

I saw a picture posted on some social media. It was taken in Albuquerque. I knew the place. There was a traffic sign. It said, “Universe closed. Use Rainbow.”

That’s all I needed to know.

They call New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment.” Who knew it was that enchanted?

Hong Kongers practice many religions. Some are Christian. Some are Muslim. Many practice a combination of Family Worship, Taoism and Buddhism. It’s likely the owner of this building practices the latter. That’s just a guess because there was nobody around anywhere.

It was just an example of me taking my life in my hands and wandering down some alleyway, which is another kind of religion. It’s called Stupidism. I’ve practiced it for years.

Seriously, in my Hong Kong era there was no need to worry. There was very little crime and no civilian owned guns. There was only smallish neighborhood where gangs hung out. A neighborhood where there were little yellow neon signs written Cantonese characters that translated loosely to, “One bird, one cage.” You can figure that out I’m sure. Treat everybody in that neighborhood with respect and you won’t get your head or hands cut off. With a machete.

Yes, I’ve been there. Hang on.

I like to explore everywhere. As Neil Young once said, “Whenever I get too close the middle of the road I head straight to the gutter where things are more interesting.” Yes. I went. In the daytime. I may practice Stupidism, but I’m not that religious.

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didn’t do much to the picture in post production. I made it on film. The exposure had to be accurate or you didn’t have much to work with. The only work I did after the fact was to darken the image up a little to bring out color without cranking up the saturation.

That’s your tip for the month.

The month of August.

The month of Katrina. The month of Ida.

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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 Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

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