In 2010 I created Art After The Bomb, to document Leonard Meiselman’s Atomic Bomb series. In 2004 he went to Hiroshima and at the Peace Museum where he saw a child’s shirt, tattered and destroyed, that had been found after the Hiroshima bombing. He was also struck by the image on a child’s student Identification Card. Inspired by these objects, Leonard created a series of paintings to be used to benefit peace movements, he says:

“There are thousands of people all over the world working for peace and working for non proliferation and if some day I can exhibit my works, all of them together, to benefit non-proliferation treaty groups and peace groups I will die happy.”

68 Years Since The Hiroshima Bombing: August 6, 1945

Double Rainbows – Landscape VIDEO FOUND HERE

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Just saw this today on my drive to my parent’s home in Colorado. I was already stopping to take photos because the lighting was so rich and brought out the amazing colors of the colorado landscape. Then I stumbled upon the double rainbow arches.

After a few minutes of standing by my car and taking in the sight a pickup truck came down the road. I pointed out the rainbows and the man rolled down his window to talk.

He said, “That’s God telling us that he will never flood us again.”

perplexed, I tilted my head to the right and asked him, “what do you mean?”

“In the bible, God promises us that as long as there are rainbows, he will not flood us.” He pauses and then continues, “although I think something else is coming since we have Obama in office. Look at what he has done. Gas was $1.38 before he came into office, look at it now.”

I asked, “You don’t think that perhaps this was a left over from the Bush administration?”

“No, we voted in socialism when we voted in Obama.”

“ahhh,” I began, “I actually think that what Obama is serving up as ‘socialism’ is the bare minimum which is why it isn’t working.”

The man, quickly interjected to say, “he is taxing us so badly. The farmers, the ranchers, the fisherman we are the producers and we are making the country the money but they are taxing us the worst. They should be taxing us less.”

“yeah, I agree with that! The taxes should be steeper for those with more income and perhaps there should be an incentive for the producers to do more.” Then I told him about a quote by Gar Alperovitz, who while in interview at GRITtv.org said, “We do not have financial crisis [in this country], we have a problem with the distribution of wealth.” I continued by explaining my position about how there are a lot of people who would agree with this but then there is a lot of push back and fear when someone comes up with an idea, its called socialism and dismissed too quickly. “This is the stuff that Ralph Nader has been preaching about for fifty years, I said. Despite everyones animosity toward Nader, perhaps he should be president.”

“It would be better than what we have,” was his response.

“Well, I have to run home. What’s your name?”

“Freddy”

“I am Rebecca”

“It was nice talking to you”

“You as well!”

And we both drove off.

This conversation was not copied word for word. It was written from my recall. I know there were a few other statements exchanged but I couldn’t remember by the time I sat down to write this.

 

 

Double Rainbows

I travelled to Albany for work, I got there a day early and decided to do a little sight seeing. I entered a cab at the train station and the driver was Pebbles. I asked if I could film and this video is what came to be.

This is part of a video portrait series I am developing.

the intersection of two lives, Pebbles and Rebecca

Pebbles Disco

Movie on a Fence

I suppose it has been way too long since I hosted The Movie on a Fence, movie nights in my backyard.  I am now living in the heart of the East Village with no room to project a film anywhere. Though I will say there are plenty of films screening here in NYC so I don’t feel the need to project like I used to.  Occasionally I will be screening my own work for review and discussion. If  you are interested in being part of a viewing please contact me with the subject head of “Put me on your Screening list.”

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