“You see all of us go through the same doubts. We are afraid of being mad; unfortunately for us, of course, all of us are already mad.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power



It seems a that shooting down leaders has become a very popular sport – the popular excuse for it is that they do not demonstrate the leadership expected from them. I always cringe a little when I hear this. I feel that leadership is largely misunderstood. Leadership is not something that a leader does – it is about a relationship – and like any good relationship the responsibility for it is (or at least should be) shared.

I am not sure that in order to talk about “leadership” I am required to first talk about “leader”, but I do think it will give these words a context. To me a leader is someone who can shoulder the responsibility of facing unknowns. I believe that life is a process of evolution and that evolution takes place when known clashes with unknown. A leader facilitates and embraces this clash – the result of which is change.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-22

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  • RT @ronenk: 72.196.1889 #
  • RT Israel continuing into era of extremism – get used to it! @ajkeen: Leiberman 2 bcome Israeli foreign minister http://bit.ly/44S84Z #
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  • @adambn because you have like 2 friends there and never logged in 🙂 how are you? in reply to adambn #
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  • this is where we live now: http://twurl.nl/0e84pe #
  • RT @adambn: Know a Flash guru/ninga who want take part in a kickass project? DM me, believe me he won’t regret it! please RT #
  • bring Leonard Cohen to Israel: http://www.leonard.co.il #
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  • @ronenk what’s on your mind, keeping you from sleeping? in reply to ronenk #
  • turn up volume, hit play, close ur eyes and let words seep into you and do their magical work: http://twurl.nl/qslaaa #
  • English: “Sorry babe”; Hebrew: “Tsar Li Buba” #
  • my thoughts running off http://twurl.nl/mw5r6j after reading Clay Shirky’s article on newspapers/journalism: http://twurl.nl/6ceokz #
  • @Malarkey why? in reply to Malarkey #
  • 17:17 #
  • RT @tmaduri: A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~ Henry Ford. #
  • 23:21 RT great song thank u @ronenk: @iamronen these things that keeps me busy, feeling good http://tinyurl.com/62suhd #
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  • “We are perceivers. We are an awareness; we are not objects; we have no solidity. We are boundless. ->continued #
  • The world of objects and solidity is a way of making our passage on earth convenient. ->continued #
  • It is only a description that was created to help us. We, or rather our reason, forget that the description is only a description ->cont #
  • and thus we entrap the totality of ourselves in a vicious circle from which we rarely emerge in our lifetime. ->continued #
  • So, in essence, the world that your reason wants to sustain is the world created by a description & its dogmatic & inviolable rules ->cont #
  • which the reason learns to accept and defend…. -> continued #
  • from now on you should let yourself perceive whether the description is upheld by your reason or by your will.” #
  • “The secret of a warrior is that he believes without believing … A warrior doesn’t believe, a warrior has to believe.” #
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  • RT mobilized=take action @e180: I wish people mobilized against social injustices as much as they mobilize to bring the old Facebook back. #
  • RT Watch, read, share .. WOW !!! @e180: Man, I love this video. It’s worth sharing again. http://www.girleffect.org/#/video/ #
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  • @adambn mazal tov on new HUGE TV 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • http://twurl.nl/jcas4d ->but you are probably better off not listening to people who really want to be heard… but the quiet ones… well #
  • great speech from the whitehouse http://www.whitehouse.gov/Nowruz/ … and then “the hammer came down”… #
  • where would you start with listening to classical music? #
  • @adambn on classical – can you PLEASE be more specific? 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • @SaraJChipps Thank you : ) something specific? preferably torrent dowloadable 🙂 in reply to SaraJChipps #
  • meditation work: setting up the contents of a multilingual flex form… create value in resource, replace static value, create, replace… #
  • @adambn I am connected to 014 and they have occasional connection problems… unexcusable I think… in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn 014 – bezeq intnl in reply to adambn #
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  • RT amen @gapingvoid: Not that I actually give a damn, but I find it weird how invisible my work is to the gallery/critic/curator douchebags. #
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  • faith is powerful, those that have it have an advantage over those who don’t… #
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  • learning to speak Indonesian Cattish… it’s a simple language #
  • “A guardian is broad-minded and understanding. A guard, on the other hand, is a vigilante, narrow-minded and most of the time despotic.” #
  • @ronenk 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • RT Merlot? @ronenk: 1978. #

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Elkosh – Walkabout


I took a camera with me when we went out for a walk in this evening’s sunset light. Just to give you an idea of our surroundings : )  So when we head out an eastern gate there begins a path…


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Hallelujah Halleluja Hallelujah


Watch this for the honesty and wisdom of words, watch it for the opportunity to see a living legend, watch it for a glimpse of time-transcending quality, watch to see a man who wear’s a hat that he can take off to show respect for his peers, watch it for the peace in which power can emerge… if nothing else watch it to see the grace in which a 75 year old Leonard Cohen can kneel and rise. If you live in Israel go here to make sure you get to see him live in concert one last time.

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Everything is amazing, nobody is happy..


I saw this great & funny video on Marc Warnke’s website. Enjoy : )

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Andreea & I recently moved to a house in the Galil area in the north of Israel – to a small village called Elkosh. To answer recurring requests  I finally obliged, snapped some images and well… this is where we now live.

This is a quick and dirty panorama from our balcony in harsh light – but you can get the picture…


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Chopping Wood


2 weeks ago I had no experience chopping wood. I hacked away at a wooden pole, made very little progress and tired myself out. Today I managed to take apart a days worth of burning wood in a few minutes. Actually I just came in from doing that and then I watched this video:

  1. It is a smart talk – much knowledge collected,  assimilated and delivered with passion.
  2. It and it’s content matter is lacking any direction – it is coming from emptiness and going into a bigger emptiness.
  3. It is completely wrong.

I will keep chopping wood. After that I will get to work at pulling deep-rooted weeds that are covering the grounds of our new house.

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Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable


Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.

Good writing by Clay Shirky

Update: some thoughts this stirred in me

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The Potential of Impossible Goals?


We recently moved house – so I’ve had many “projects” in transforming the house into a home, alongside other relocation issues that require attention and action. Some of these “projects” are “one-task-projects” – small and unobtrusive – such as hanging a shelf. Others seemed like “one-task-projects” but are actually more tricky then that – because once I got started other supporting tasks appeared – things that needed to be done before I could do what I actually wanted to do. One example was the “hanging a curtain in the living room” project. Read More »

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-15

  • RT @cusamano: The financial crisis explained- http://vimeo.com/3261363 Now I can watch the news and i wont feel stupid! #
  • useful post on a possible business-context for design work by Seth Godin: “Return on Design” http://twurl.nl/wc560d #
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  • @gotoAndSmoke what are you going to record? in reply to gotoAndSmoke #
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  • @gotoAndSmoke how refreshing… a macabre tom waits-ish, frente-like mixture… great stuff : ) thank you ! in reply to gotoAndSmoke #
  • could we be facing the collapse of capitalism and rise of …. ? change can be overwhelming when it hits…. #
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  • @MJ 🙂 in reply to MJ #
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  • give a gift framed art-print: http://twurl.nl/v7okra #
  • RT @acip: nice tool for UML Sequence Diagrams http://websequencediagrams.com/ #
  • can someone help me get Boxee’s Avner Ronen – email address? thank you 🙂 #
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  • had thoughts to write on economy, ecology, money,did some research, wrote another post on yoga and breath: http://twurl.nl/bxbn6j #
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  • 2221 good night 🙂 #
  • 2356 ADIOS ! #
  • 0110 enuf ! #
  • @joelcomm giving away $5000 ??? http://twitpwr.com/7ZB/ COMMON… u r asking people to work for free … no matter how you turn it around! in reply to joelcomm #
  • @joelcomm and when you invite people to work for free… watch out for those that buy into it and the quality of their work! in reply to joelcomm #
  • RT @vrivett: New blog: looking forward to not having to pay another power bill in my life: This is amazing! I j.. http://tinyurl.com/cnn39c #
  • going out for a walk to discover a hill on the outskirts of our village 🙂 #
  • @photomatt my crazy theory: creative (from the heart) people lean towards Nikon, techies (creative from the mind) go for Canon… in reply to photomatt #
  • change your mind #
  • @joelcomm yes I do, makeup can’t change what’s underneath… why did you choose to do a “contest” (or a giveaway)? in reply to joelcomm #
  • @joelcomm sorry – I take back the why… I don’t like it when I get asked why. good luck! in reply to joelcomm #
  • RT @ronenk: RT @cusamano: @ronenk All things must end #
  • RT @iamronen: RT @ronenk: RT @cusamano: @ronenk All things must end #
  • RT there REALLY are no free lunches! if you consume google … you will pay 1wayoranother @om: http://bit.ly/gM2fu #
  • @om indeed, google is JUST a case in point, FREE is an internet-illusion, we are heavily invested, and going to pay for it… c’est la vie in reply to om #
  • sun has set, getting cool, fire is starting in the fire place, keith jarret playing in the background…. yeah… it’s already here! #
  • RT @cusamano: RT @iamronen RT @iamronen: RT @ronenk: RT @cusamano: @ronenk All things must end #
  • 2055 #
  • @SirKenRobinson then you, of all people, missed out on the tap-dancing? in reply to SirKenRobinson #
  • 22:31 #
  • 2310 good night ! #
  • good morning – again with keith jarrett… i took way too much time to get around to listening to him… #
  • 10:10 #
  • @TechCrunch indeed Dune – but I don’t consider it sci-fi… I think it goes deeper… in reply to TechCrunch #
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  • RTyou really do @joelcomm: You gotta wonder… #
  • RT then u can meditate on that @Philanthropic: Whenever u xpect something from a meditation, u set yourself up 4 Immediate frustration. -FL #
  • RT indeed @ajkeen: book title of the future: “Tweetfall: How America Twittered while the world economy collapsed” #
  • RT @ajkeen: hate to admit it, but @davewiner is right. http://bit.ly/7SJlA Twitter should get rid of Suggested User Page #
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  • I am looking for a passionate python developer who is up to collaborating on a Boxee application. Anyone out there? #
  • RT @SaraJChipps: there is a certain science to it: http://tinyurl.com/7u2pfy #
  • 13:31 #
  • is 47 a useful number for anyone?? : 47 Awesome Twitter Tools You Should be Using http://ow.ly/xIg #
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  • RT @davewiner: whatever. I don’t have the heart to put you down again. Let’s just walk away and agree to forget this unfortunate incident. #
  • does anyone know where I can get a ribbon for an old Princess 300 type writer? #
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Yoga & Breath – Locational Breathing


Now that we have some sense of ujjayi breathing and established a preliminary relationship between breath and movement let’s move on to more refined breathing.  At this point I feel a need to clarify that these posts are not offered as a substitute for yoga instruction – this should be done with a teacher. If I were teaching Yoga – at this point I would not move forward to locational breathing – instead I would focus on more practice of breath and movement. My intentions here are to share knowledge of yoga around themes that are close to my heart. This series focuses on breathing – maybe others will be dedicated to asana. So please handle this information with care. If you really want to learn yoga find a teacher.

Locational breathing is rather simple to explain – but requires attentive practice to actually perform. It is about  assigning a location (hence locational) focus for each part of the breath:  the inhale is associated with the chest and the exhale with the abdomen. Lets explore this in detail. Read More »

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-08

  • 21:30 I’m back 🙂 #
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  • I have sissy hands and they are getting torn apart by work over the past few days… drilling, hammering, carrying stuff around in new house #
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  • as I was running errands & drilling walls making a home out of our new house thoughts collated into a glimpse: http://twurl.nl/bsag8r #
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  • [israel traffic] come to Galil – roads completely open – beautiful scenery… no sign of purim traffic 🙂 #
  • the more I get to know a person (and regardless of any differences between us) the less aggressive I can consciously be towards him/her … #

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Credit Crisis


If you didn’t get what’s happening in the “financial system” – try this out:

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

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Glimpses 07 – March 2009


introThe body learns. I initially learned to appreciate this in Yoga – my teachers would repeat ideas over and over for years. They do this because they know that it can take years of repetition and observation for an idea to bind itself to experience – then it becomes knowledge. In a similar fashion, I Initially thought this edition of Glimpses would be short and centered around an image. As I sat down to write it – the past seemed to reach out into the present and to appear in a new light. So at the heart of it there is still an image – but it is about the magic that led to it.  I am again going back in time to revisit the first “Sweet” sessions with Shahar, Tal & Eran.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-01

  • RT @gapingvoid @fantomaster: “Art is dangerous. It is 1 of the attractions: when it ceases 2 b dangerous, you don’t want it.” Duke Ellington #
  • RT wish I was photographer at: @OurielOhayon: i wish i was at this keith jarrett’s amazing concert in NY last week http://tinyurl.com/aayktm #
  • excited to find @SirKenRobinson on twitter ,have a look at this talk he gave at TED http://twurl.nl/bni7ba and then follow him .. closely!! #
  • @MentorsChannel good luck with the event Doron – we are moving the day b4 – so I will geographically far but my thoughts with you 🙂 in reply to MentorsChannel #
  • @shaharsol excellent demo video!! 🙂 nicely done! in reply to shaharsol #
  • common – an opportunity to give at no cost to you – take a couple of minutes: http://twurl.nl/6efqi4 3 days left #
  • 08:19 good morning #
  • @MissGoogle ok in reply to MissGoogle #
  • yourself (for better or worse) is what wants to be when pressure is on … thats when it’s really put to the test… #
  • @adambn when is that @Octabox opportunities module coming online? in reply to adambn #
  • want to see Leonard Cohen in Israel: http://www.leonard.co.il/index.asp #
  • being an artist – making marvelous mistakes: http://twurl.nl/oa537u #
  • 00:00 good night all #
  • consolidating myself #
  • @adambn any chance of meeting you for coffee – I have a meeting in Tel-Aviv tomorrow? in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn I need to be at 15:30 at the Kolbo-Shalom area… #
  • @shaharsol @udioz that would be great 🙂 I am traveling by train – any chance of having you guys come out and meet with me on that route? #
  • @shaharsol true… but I am keener on seeing u & udi then the office… and getting around is a bit difficult for me… what say you? in reply to shaharsol #
  • @shaharsol Azrieli at 13:15 good 4 u guys? in reply to shaharsol #
  • @shaharsol great!!! looking forward to it! in reply to shaharsol #
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  • “The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical” Albert Einstein #
  • ‘He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.” Albert Einstein #
  • had a really pleasant “goodbye day” in TelAviv met with @shaharsol , @udioz, @adambn – thanks you for taking the time to meet with me #
  • tomorrow – packing the kitchen, saturday left overs, sunday moving… now off to make some tea and spend some time with Andreea 🙂 #
  • 23:01 good night! #
  • 10:10 #
  • I have learned a secret about life … and about business!! #
  • @ronenk I can’t, I mean I literally “can’t” … words (not to mention 140 chars) simply cannot carry it… in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk thank you, a part of me wants to shout out and share, but another knows its useless… even wrong… after all it IS a secret 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk thank you in reply to ronenk #
  • 23:44 gotta love it 🙂 good night all… last two nights in this house… #
  • 23:45 and it just gets better and better ;+) #
  • beautiful times #
  • I sleep with my head in the east and feat in the west. in which direction do you sleep? #
  • when someone does something for me, instead of me, their intentions, energy and karma mix with mine… and vice versa #
  • moving tomorrow – shutting down computers and all… be back in a day or two… with an amazing view from the north of Israel… #
  • laptop pigibacking on internet from the neighbors, watching some TED videos – came across this: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=781 #
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Visit the Right Hemisphere


Another great talk from TED. Enjoy : )

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Marvelous Mistakes


Meet Carla Bley. Shahar sent me this link today – it’s a great glimpse into the mind of a performance artist. The second video is a performance piece.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-02-22

  • 17:17 #
  • watching how I watch… #
  • 23:32 good night all! #
  • Living in a Fractal & Playing the Stereo loud & (what the heck do I know about) World Economics http://twurl.nl/bzs5hb #
  • I have been spending much less time at the computer over the past few weeks, I have also been sleeping much better… #
  • also doing some physical work (packing and fixing up the house) – feels good all over….. #
  • it was 08:08 – good morning to you all 🙂 off to pick up some prints… more on that soon! #
  • @adambn enjoy your performance at isoc event 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • 20:00 nice 🙂 #
  • Giving you an opportunity to give a small gift: http://twurl.nl/js5hqs 🙂 #
  • 22:32 #
  • free art-print give-give away – check it out : ) http://twurl.nl/g2lavh #
  • 4 days left on art-print give-give-away: http://twurl.nl/nfqaez #
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2009_02_12_shitafon-1On thursday February 12, 2009 I participated in a performance called Shitafon (Flood in hebrew). This is a work that has been developing for some time between Shahar & Yael. I had known about it for some time and a few weeks ago they invited me to partake in the process. As part of the preparation for the planned performance we organized an early morning photo-session on the beach (very cold this wintery time of year!). We came back with some intense materials (the images from this session were transformed into a work that can be viewed at SweetClarity).

This image is from that morning session. I don’t know who encountered the long end of the stick – Yael who was drenched in cold sea water, or Shahar who drenched her?


The performance itself was a special occasion for me because this time I did not perform with a camera in hand. Instead I wrote a live text (something we tried briefly in the past) that was projected into the space (I was using a custom Flash application I had written specifically for the occasion). I also played Shakuhachi for Shahar – though I had toyed with the Shakuhachi once before in a performance – playing with Shahar an entire peace was an exciting first. Though I had my camera with me I had very little inclanation to use it as I was very much involved in the performance and the camera was a distraction (I am smiling as I write these words… wow what a journey).  The following image gives a small glimpse into the performance – and following it is the text that was born (the text in italic was invisible to the audience who only heard amplified keyboard clicks – the bold was visible). A second performance is planned for April – so keep your ears to the wall.


there was a small midget on the hill
he was overlooking a gray landscape (naturally)
he was searching but not really expecting to find
he was distant

it was an option nothing more
it wasn’t going to lead to anything
but it could not denied

green is a nice color, so is blue, gray is OK, the rest are the rest
it is not required reading, but it should be
the way the character pushes out against the obvious
leaves him lonely

his loneliness is a sanctuary, he sanctuary is cold
so he stands on a hill, overlooking, expecting
do you know where yo are?
do you want to know
is there a way to make it all come together?
is there a way to make it stop
you know its coming
and there is nothing you can do about it
you want it
you don’t want it
and then when it’s gone you wish it would start over again

is there any other way to do it
would you want it any other way ??

it’s finally here upon us
remembering myself is awkward
forgetting myself is even worst
and yet there is no two ways about it is there
everybody is finally here

ha haha

remembering myself is an awkward thing
I don’t really want to
because if I do
I will also be gone
I still want to be here
at least for now

but ….

something is pushing at my side
it’s hands are cold… actually
one hand, the right one is cold
the other is warm
odd isn’t it?
its a strange sensation…
it’s as if its already here…
but part of it is still on the way…
I like the part that’s here…
I am not sure I want to meet the rest
I’m not sure I want it to stop
I’m not sure I want it to stay
I’m sure I’m not sure

see what I mean?
bone chilling…. but kind of nice… no?
you know you want it…
it’s teasing….
but a part of you…
well… you know….
it creates a space
in it I can breathe
outside of it I can move….

do you know the small midget on top of the grey hill?
that stupid hat…
how many times have I told him…. don’t wear that stupid hat….
if you get caught in that…..
they will hurt you
and they will never go away….

and here we are again
its funny – you want to know what is happening…
but you can’t
how does it feel?
yes I am here
now you can see me….

you know that picture?
(by the way – I really don’t like pink)…
anyways…. that picture with the blue sky?
and that perfect cloud?
can you feel it already in your heart?
its never really like that…
it’s just what it is…
you want it to be sexy… but it’s not …
you want it to be romantic… give me a break…
it’s just that… what it is….

that obvious presence you like to take for granted….
and then miss it when it’s gone
there is a deafening silence….
thats when you know… that when your body knows…
it’s coming….
you don’t want it to….
but … well.. admit it a part of you does…
could you forgive yourself if you missed it

you will never know it …
until it has gone….
then you will forget

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Share Inspiration


StillCreation is one expression of my work as a photographer. It was created with an intent to hopefully share some of the inspiration I have been so privileged to experience. So in the spirit in which it was founded I am giving away a print (1 print) of the following image (approximately 30cm x 40cm) set in a white frame. I invite you to partake in that giving.


I invite you to leave a comment on this post, indicating to whom you would wish to GIVE this print and your inspiration for giving. You can also vote for the giving you would wish to come true.

Good fun to all : )

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