Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pictures are worth a thousand words...

Our readings inform us that images serve three functions,
  1. Pictures
  2. Symbols
  3. Signs

As we continue our work on the documentary, Driving the Magic: The Carl Jackson Story, we learn that one of the most powerful images of Mr. Jackson's life happened at the 1995 Masters golf tournament. The embrace of golf legend, Ben Crenshaw by his longtime caddy, Carl Jackson triggered hundreds of international sports stories. I cannot post the image on this blog, but you can do a search online for Carl Jackson and golf and find it with no problem.

Welcome to our town...

My parents are 78 years old each and lifelong residents of North Carolina. As a kid, they told stories of racial segregation and the psychological warfare applied against them via signs and symbols. My father informs me that nothing hit home as hard as "Whites Only" signage.

Symbols of strength and fortitude

Phillip Simmons, a master blacksmith and resident of Charleston, SC has created international works of art in iron. His gates in particular tell stories and deliver symbols that miss the untrained eye.

Time Passages...

I love the sleek, welcoming design of my Apple 30" Cinema display. It is where I spend most of my time these days editing video on Final Cut Pro. Apple has done an outstanding job with emotional design. The Apple systems have distinctive designs and the workflow of the operating system is an art unto itself.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A view of our family farm (Iredell County, NC) from the kitchen window of my parent's home. Today, the family of wild turkeys have decided to take the day off! Yes, that is a golf fairway...the result of two summer's work by my younger brother. To the far right of this shot, in the woods, lies the grave of a revolutionary soldier. We know very little about this man, but it is a story I plan to research one day.
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