Trailer with lettering: BAH DAH

Tag: nature

07/29/09 TAN CIERTO / San Francisco, CA

Trailer with lettering: TAN CIERTO

I am here
as certain as the air that I breath,
as certain as the morning rises,
as certain as I sing for you and you can hear me.

07/08/09 THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

06/20/09 THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS THE GOOD GREEN EARTH / Athens, GA

Trailer with lettering: THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS THE GOOD GREEN EARTH

06/15/09 EVERY DAY IS A FISHING DAY / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: EVERY DAY IS A FISHING DAY

06/21/08 Summer Solstice Off the Grid / Stonelake Farm, Bridgeville, CA

If the solstice, the sunset, the ringing of bells are not mantras then what is?

Ringing bells on the Summer Solstice for dailybell2008, with friends at StoneLake Farm, a unique 21-acre off the grid homestead located in Humboldt County, approximately 60 miles southeast of Arcata, California. Close to redwood groves and wild rivers, high on the southwest flank of Buck Mountain, the small farm has goats, chickens, a large garden, orchards, a lively creek complete with dipping holes, flowing waterfalls, and stunning vistas. Thanks to our hosts, Melinda Stone and Francis Lake for an amazing weekend.

05/19/08 OZONE ARIZONA COAL HOTTER MOON… / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: OZONE ARIZONA COAL HOTTER MOON…

05/06/08 Sunrise in the Canyonlands / Utah

sunrise in the canyonlands

Ringing a bell at sunrise near the Canyonlands National Park. This one’s for you Brenda! Daily Bell 2008

05/01/08 OPEN YOUR HEART / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: OPEN YOUR HEART

03/07/08 KERTÉSZ LESZEK FÁT NEVELEK / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: KERTÉSZ LESZEK FÁT NEVELEK

Kertész leszek, fát nevelek, I’ll be a gardener of trees
kelô nappal én is kelek, with the rising sun I’ll rise

From a poem by the Hungarian poet, Jozsef Attila.

02/18/08 THANK YOU GOD, HEAL NOW MOTHER EARTH / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: THANK YOU GOD, HEAL NOW MOTHER EARTH

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

02/14/08 Sunset at the Sunset / San Francisco

Brenda Hutchinson is ringing bells at sunrise and sunset. She is convinced that “something as inarguable as the movement of the earth can be used as a point of unity and awareness among large groups of people who might otherwise find it impossible to agree.”

I’m house sitting for Brenda in the Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco. She lives ten blocks from the ocean. I decided to join her mantra of bell ringing – at least for one day. You can join her too at DailyBell2008.

01/07/08 The sacred vs the image / San Sebastian State Park, FL

sand sculpture

I took the day off and enjoyed the beach at San Sebastian State Park. When I walked over the crest of the boardwalk I saw salmon blue clouds and the peep of the sun over the horizon. I had decided to get to the beach early enough to watch the sunrise and it was astounding. There were multiple flocks of sea birds worshiping the sun at a single point on the beach. My first impulse was to grab my camera and try to capture the image of natural beauty in front of me, but then I would miss seeing it for myself.

On this journey I decided not to image the “natural” landscape without evidence of human intervention. The experience of witnessing nature is a sacred event when it moves the heart. This is not an experience that I can bring to you through an image. I thought about the way images dilute the sacredness of a place. With better and better imaging technology we are tricked into believing that seeing the image is just as good as experiencing the real thing and more convenient to boot. If people choose not to experience nature first hand there will be no witness, which can lead to inaction, to the deadening of the spirit, and to the diminishing of our sense of and desire for the sacred.

I’ve also decided not to take any images of the interior of the Mantra Trailer for the same reason. It’s a space to be experienced, explored and witnessed from the heart. Like our own interiors, like nature, the interior of the Mantra Trailer is not a curio or spectacle to be merely viewed, or examined.

For those who do not have the opportunity to experience the Mantra Trailer in real life, I invite them to look inward to imagine the interior space. Imagine a comforting oasis, a warm, bright womb.

11/29/07 I THINK OF EACH LIFE AS A FLOWER / Blue Mountain Center, NY

11/28/07 BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED / VCCA, Amherst, VA

11/07/07 MY MIND RESTS ON MY BREATH / VCCA, Amherst, VA

11/07/07 A GREEN THOUGHT IN A GREEN SHADE / VCCA, Amherst, VA

10/21/07 DELTA SPRINGING FROM A RIVERBED / Blue Mountain Center, NY

10/19/07 GREAT SPIRIT / Durham, NC

Trailer with lettering: GREAT SPIRIT

09/30/07 CAN THIS BE REAL? / Blue Mountain Center, NY