Kyoto Station

There is a special place in my heart for train stations. I could easily spend several hours getting lost in the movement and variety of life. An intersection of countless lives which collide and drift apart endlessly. What is a daily commute or a means to reach an end for most is a flourishing hot spot for life and activity that never ceases to inspire me.

Kyoto Station was a massive interchange to explore and late one night we wandered beyond the turnstiles to find a sparse platform begging for a quick photo. Looking back on the image now I catch myself coming up with stores for those waiting patently for a train to arrive. A modest moment, sure, but one that I found myself getting lost in this evening, two years later. I thought surely there are others here that may enjoy it as well.

Still Forward

Our time in Kyoto was all too brief. We split our week up and managed to do a number of the guide book must see sort of places as we could manage but almost more importantly to both YoungDoo and I was making sure we had enough time to simply walk the streets and explore a new city together. I have traveled both in highly structured ways and the total opposite. I still remember wandering the streets of Paris for hours without a map or knowing what anything I came across actually was. As with many things, there is a balance to everything and our time in Kyoto was nicely balanced.

I don’t remember the name of this district, only that the architecture was very much the classic japan you would imagine after years of casually browsing what to expect. There was something new to discover around every corner and I really enjoyed this afternoon quite a bit.

This photo is one which did not stand out to me after shooting it but came alive after a little post work and digging the clouds out of an over exposed sky. While not pixel perfect I love it anyway because it brings me back to this moment so vividly and I love the one random pedestrian with the red backpack marching forward alone as if the street opened up just for him. While not the most minimal of wallpaper choices I wanted to share it because I loved the moment. Enjoy!

Don’t Forget

As I look back through photos taken while in Japan my mind wanders in a lot of different directions. Today I am having trouble believing that I actually went to visit the country after so many years of daydreaming about it. I’m hoping that it won’t be the only time I will be able to visit. Now I catch myself pondering the meaning of time and its restless arm again. This always leads me back to the same conclusion though, that every day it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity available to me.

This photo leapt out at me for obvious reasons. It’s bold, colorful presence in my library was begging to be shared as a wallpaper with everyone. I won’t point out that its not quite symmetrical… oh, wait. It was a tricky one to crop vertically, much better suited for a desktop but there are, as always, different options for you below and for members of my subscription I have added a nice fat HD version for you in the members library. Until next time, enjoy!

A Crow Looked At Me

The latest album from Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, The Microphones), is an emotional heavyweight. It’s an album of direct, focused story telling about moving beyond from the death of someone close, in this case it was is wife which only a little over a year prior to her death gave birth to their one and only daughter. It’s a heartbreaking story and this album is an intimate look into his life beyond this loss and transitioning into a life beyond death.

In the spirit of honest storytelling, the first time I casually sat down to listen to a song released early from the album about a month ago, called ‘Real Death’, it left me broken for a short while. I caught myself in tears by the end of listening the first time through because it caught me so off guard. It had been a long time since feeling such a honest connection to a song.

I’m in a point in my life where my emotionally driven artistic self is starting to have to run along behind my practical self, doing its best to keep up with increasing responsibility. My emotional connections to life have been condensed into the exploration of a new kind of love that I have only recently become acquainted with in the form of having a daughter, family, and home. There are days it feels like a dream but every time I come home from a long day of work and find the smiling face of my daughter on the other side of the front door nothing else matters but that moment, everything locks into place with a satisfying deep breath of fragile air before the whirlwind of life kicks back in.

I say this to explain why this song and now the rest of the album as well, struck such a delicate chord somewhere inside of me. It forced me to consider the frailty of memory, time, and love. His prolific gift for song writing and story telling paints a clear and present picture of what loss is and he cradles this emotion in such a way that I can not help but feel connected with as I listen. If you can make it through this album without feeling it tug at your emotional self then surely you are nothing more than a sack of rocks. What is life without a connection to this deeper side of ourselves? I can’t help but feel as though the loss described among these songs transcends their own sadness and become hopeful in their fearless embrace of reality.

The songwriting on this album is an intimate affair that is usually reserved for the pages of personal journals locked away never to be read. But Phil is an artist who has literally published a journal of his in the past among another classic album of his known for it’s honesty. He is a legend because he is emotionally venerable yet truly creative in his approach to music. Since the beginning he has carved his own sound through hope, fear and loss coupled with polarizing approaches to songwriting that swing wildly from the softest of whispers to the loudest of roars.

Needless to say his music and art has been a huge influence for me over the years both in his songwriting and his meticulous attention to detail, quality, and cleverness when releasing physical copies of his records and artwork. I hope to see plenty more from him as he continues to do what he does best, and shares his perspective with the rest of us.

Order a physical copy here.
Or listen to the album and order digitally here.

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