Toward an Ecohumanities
For some time
I thought there was time
and that there would always be time
for what I had a mind to do
and what I could imagine
going back to and finding it
as I had found it the first time...
-W.S. Merwin. From, "The New Song."
I began this project, I thought of Shunryu Suzuki, a
Zen Master who arrived
San Francisco on the cusp of the 1960s, and attracted young people
to lectures on, and practice of, how to find reality for themselves.
perhaps best known for saying, "In
the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's
mind there are few."
First thoughts are inspired
by molecules that have circulated for millions of years through
all forms life, in and through human life too. We breathe
of their being, and breathe out our own way of seeing. With
each breath, we begin again.
Ojai Valley Land Conservatory was able to purchase and save more
than 1,600 acres of watershed from
development and golf course indulgence. The area is home to a wide
range of birds, plants, and animals that include black bear, cougar,
bobcat, badger, mule deer, and
the trickster, coyote.
Mind reflects notes, and photographs that "are texts inscribed
in terms of what we may call 'photographic discourse'" [From
a letter to L.R. Lippard and J. Chandler, 23 March 1968], made
over the course of a single year while walking this land pondering
synchronicities, yin and yang, the beauty of it all.
To my dear wife,
with whom I gratefully share my life. Also, to my colleagues at
Pacifica Graduate Institute; to Jeremy Hunsinger, at the Center
for Digital Discourse and Culture;
Tracy Dillon, at Portland State University; and Alan Liu, at The
University of California,
Picot, for his thoughtful critiques. And to the Ancestors
whose forty thousand years of inspired
my life and work.
Ojai, CA., 2013-14.
"Valley of the Moon"