I made this the other day with the work of a photographer I'm a fan of called Laurent Nivalle - I sent it to him and he loved it! Any way, that line: "Go to sleep and try again tomorrow" is pretty darn poignant for me - especially as I figure out my own next steps. Blah! So yeah, don't know how I thought of it, guess it's something I've been easily reminding myself at the end of the day. If today didn't work, get trying again, this life has so much to show us. EASY. Go!
"[This artwork] was made by accident when Mandela placed his hand in wet ink. The idea of hand prints however intrigued him and he began to make several images. Only later did an assistant point out the iconic image inside the right hand print of the painting now in front of us. In the center of Mandela's right palm shows a clear silhouette of the African continent." from the Wild River Review.
"That's my profession too - to have a good life! Jah hahahaha!"
My friend, Mr. JP Brouard (+ Flickr) recommended this interview of Eike Koenig from Hort, and I just rolled with intrigue into this guys insight. One because it's incredibly inspiring & he really just get's it, and two, since being jaded myself by the culture of overindulgence of pride with the designers out there, this guy echoes my own hope for goodness-in-design + my own dream to pioneer & collaborate with the people in the creative realm who also really do get it - which my own radar will always anticipate. I want my creativity to be used to create change in our world, and it's starts with myself..
I said to JP, "Bro, I liiiike this Eike guy! I'm even laughing with him! Man, he's so positive and open - i like that. Every point he made got me. He's got it right.. he's loving building other people "how can i help this person to become someone who's standing in the world like this (confidently)" + he fully respects the trade "Graphic design is very powerful and you have to take care that you use it in the right way." We can use it for such great things eh. Sheeeesh, thank you for this gold mnr! This is how i wanna work with people."
I write songs for a living, which is to say that writing songs helps me to live. The song becomes a place where melody and tempo can cover some truly volatile topics. God, women, politics, sex, hatred, disillusionment- a song or a story can be a deeper vessel and more forgiving than most conversations. Poetry can get under the skin without your permission..
I went out side tonight, and saw the most beautiful thing. Between the stars were these gorgeous glowing moons just drifting gently through the sky. At a closer look I realised that they were Sky Lanterns or 'Paper Moons'. People here are releasing them into the sky because of the 'Festa Junina' (June Festival) which is based on the festivities that the Portuguese introduced in the Colonial period.
I will have no way of understanding what the Brazilians feel for this festival and what significance it holds for them, but one of my first thoughts was, maybe it's a tribute to those who have gone away, those who have passed. This was beautiful to me.
"Last week, senators introduced the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 to help end LRA violence in northern Uganda and neighboring countries. The bipartisan act would require the Obama Administration to develop a strategy within 120 days to "apprehend or otherwise remove Joseph Kony from the battlefield." The bill also authorizes funding for humanitarian assistance in LRA-affected areas, as well as additional funds for recovery efforts in northern Uganda. " - Invisible Children
Towards the end of this month [ June 22-23 ] you can (if you're in D.C) go to the lobbying event and let your voice be heard, or for us over the seas and far away, you can go online with the live feed that will be telling you what's going on> you can advocate from your couch - we can actually participate in this. So make sure you watch The Rescue, then see How It Ends by participating via the Live Feed online over June 22nd & 23rd. I'll be doing just that.
Here's a little something for you back home and beyond to: hear the latest word; hear where in the world I'm at; and to start challenging the status quo. You'll find it here at ryanwynn.blogspot.com Oh & do come say hi at twitter.
So this is me, an Afro-optimist, Designer, Traveller, & Homeland-lover.. 29-years-in-the-making, and this is the start of a journey..