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Ok…Now you’ll think i’m bipolar. lol … Just after my emotional post about the end of this year and all the friends i made and adventures i lived here comes a post that may not be totally pleasant. I’m not writing it to be unpleasant but it is kinda. Not because it’s sad but because it’s contrary to an aspirational and cheering notion. The notion that photography has to do with life. The notion that this echo that we call representation of life is something more than the denial of death. That ss something more than the need to savor the moment that is long gone. These days the aesthetics are important for some but the majority are interested in the moments. The part of the universe that was “captured” and it’s been displayed for as long as one can fancy it’s qualities. I really love these moments so that’s why i think a lot about the subject and despite the fact that it is a joy to look at a great photographer’s work my point is: This is not alive and it doesn’t mean anything more than an echo. Even if these photos were invented and not natural at all. Even if there was a studio and all clothes and hairs were fake still there was a moment. A real one. And these photos are the echoes of these moments. They are dead. I’m writing this thinking about artists. Most live ones especially those i know and can comment about with property do their work in an attempt to extent their lives. To be there even when they are not. To create an immortal Ego. Of course history shows us some personalities that maybe didn’t follow this logic but most do. I just believe totally in artists that burned everything they have done and nobody saw it ever (an idea that is kinda hard to materialize). So what is cheering about this post is the following: Just what i’m saying is that art is overrated and sometimes life is underrated. Sometimes it takes much more genius to live at old age after sight is gone and taste is gone but the sounds of life and the warm sun have to suffice. And people do that everyday! Picasso maybe couldn’t do it…so where is the fame and fortune for these people?? Why what they do is not more artistic than what we see in museums? That’s why my new year’s resolution is the widely quoted and beat up monologue from the film trainspotting:  “Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life” …and fuck the need to know what comes after you die and how will you look 500 years from now and what future societies will think about you. Let’s live and enjoy our time!

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I remember when i was young my father telling me i had to stop dreaming and realize what i really had to do with my life because life is hard and one have to face up reality and responsibility. I tried to go against him and i decided to be as creative as i could. First i tried to play music but i learned that with no money i couldn’t go far away from my home. Then i tried to do photography. I’m good at it but i couldn’t make a living on it as well. Later on i discovered film. It had music and photography and creativity all in the same combo. I saw i couldn’t go very far living in my father’s home because for him it would be still a dream and not something real. I left his house and started working my way in film very slowly. Many times when i talked to him he would try to convince me that i was wasting my life with something that was not a real job. Then i started getting better and better in my field. After twenty years he still tried to find some weakness in my life specially financial to be able to say i was wasting my life. Now i’m an internationally know director and this year he asked me to work in his company. He said he was seventy and he was about to quit. Either i decided to keep it going or he would sell. After all this time i felt the job i believe i was tailored to do and started to work with him in a field i have no expertise. I guess i was really wasting my life because i would never end up turning my back to him. I realized fathers keep saying to their sons to stop dreaming but what they really want is to see their dreams living on their children’s hands.

Today a very typical routine made me wonder a bit. I tried an app from the appstore on my iphone, a North american product that is sold in Brasil where i live. This app was lousy and i wrote an email to the appstore costumer service  saying i didn’t want it. A guy named Deepak wrote me back in less than forty minutes. I heard that most of the costumer service from apple is located in India and by our friend’s name i guess it was the case. So i was talking to a guy in India about a north american product sold in Brasil. If i told you that the app is japanese you can do the math. In two hours my problem was resolved in a very efficient and gentle way so i have to say i’m very happy with it. Three continents working for a U$ 4,99 sale involving personal assistance. That’s an amazing fact. Companies never before had to be so efficient in order to stay in business. That’s why companies the size of United with a very highly trained staff are exposed to the public’s criticism as hard as the music composed by Dave Carroll “United breaks Guitars” with almost ten million viewers in youtube. That’s also why i’m able to bother you guys anywhere in the world as long as you speak english or use page translators. It’s a magical time for every artist where one is able to cut the middle man and talk straight to the public. To every company that develops products which can be interesting to people all over. Of course there are a lot of down sides for this phenomena. The job that belongs today to Deepak was once done by a person from North America where apple is based. My iphone was build mostly in China again a different country. Less jobs to the country where apple is based. The app was japanese but my friend from india took care of that. So in a way it’s interesting to keep eyes open on the protection policies of our countries to see if our jobs are being sold for cheep to foreign countries. But even so we gotta remember that my iphone would not be possible if there was no China. They would be too expensive to build in the U. S. and less people would buy it so less apps would exist and no guy from India would assist me here in Brasil. Upsides and downsides that’s the reality we live in today and it seams there’s nothing we can do about it. So it’s important to pay close attention to the big companies for they are getting bigger than the countries. Let’s be like Dave Carroll and work as good inspectors for this new “governs”.