LukeyoutheU the images of LyU
photos of meaning and beauty
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and "Life is what you make of it" are two well-known phrases that are here I think especially apt. Many of the photos on this website have obvious beauty; some do not, and require consideration before a meaning and/ or beauty can be found. I have tried to make a connection between the images and the adjacent sections/ text.
I photographed all of the landscapes and most of the self-portraits.
h is for home
I took the original photo for what became this image while on a bus from the Palm Springs airport to the Fullerton train station. This photo is the first and main one of LukeyoutheU for both aesthetic and intellectual reasons, not all of which I can explain. I simply enjoy how it looks and what it could be saying. It is my attempt of creating an image which appeals to viewers both emotionally and intellectually.
The viewer is on a bus going someplace, traveling by their own choice (presumably) to a specific destination; but, in this and probably nearly every other case of those riding buses, once riders reach their destination, they have still more travelling to do. (About no one lives at their bus' destination). Think of the drivers of the other vehicles in the picture: each is making their own way but probably nearly all of them will follow only ways paved by others before them.
I also freely admit that I am inclined to like semi-arid and desert landscapes. They are places of wonder and mystery to me, places much different than the temperate forests and gently rolling hills, and the urban environments, I grew up in. Some people look at a desert mountain and see a pile of dirt; I see beauty and majesty. I appreciate that people see and experience things differently. That there are many types of beauty, and ways of living, and of seeing, in the world.
The source photo: this is what the camera saw. It shows duller colors than I remember and, overall, a much less interesting scene. The bus's ceiling holds a cap over the viewer instead of letting them experience not only the in but also the outside. I cropped this photo, color saturated it, and added painterly effects to create the LyU home image photo. The altered photo more accurately captures my mood and thinking in the scene that the original.
It is not a photo of easy beauty, I give you that. An easy chair in a dried-out fieldfield, next to an undistinguished road representing rest, looking, and listening; a tractor-trailer truck on a back service road, a nondescript warehouse in front of it, signifying necessary work. Time alone in enjoyment and contemplation bought with the work of others and oneself.
This photo also contains two of my favorite motifs: electric power lines and streetlamps. The former talk to me about the continual transmission and need of power/ energy; the latter, our human creation and ingenuity, a small version of the sun, which increases when we can live, learn, and work.
Los Angeles, looking up from its streets. Dash-of-paint clouds float beautifully by and reflect light, like ideas. Notice also not only the tangible and reasonably permanent (and some would say therefore "real") building tops but also the electric wires. Humankind bending and using its ingenuity to make life more as it wants.
near the Beverly Center
Los Angeles, CA
Sitting on the grassy hill by a tree seems like an idyllic spot to read a book. Even if bugs and general inconvenience would render the actual experience there not so grand. A tree representing learning and knowledge; a telephone pole carrying electricity signifying connection and energy.
Beside a road in Newbury Park, CA
a [about] The green in the foreground representing life and growth, the brown and mass of the mountains strength and duration, the uneven sky thoughts and decisions.
Boney Mountain in Ventura County, CA
about jake knight
A photo I took a few weeks into a new life and home. This view no longer exists; town homes have taken the place of the trees, as is sometimes the way. You may notice an unlit lamppost and a lit street light in the picure. I took it on one of the nights, and there have been more than a few, when I wondered what Life, and my life, was/ is about. I was enraptured by the brilliant oranges and the dash of sunshine yellow. Rocklin, CA
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A view over the last hills of the continent, looking out to the Pacific Ocean, on a cool and misty day. It feels, to me, peaceful. Ventura County, CA
a philosophy of life
Thousand Oaks, CA
Thousand Oaks, CA
Ventura County, CA
bks movs tv vids pods
wide-angle for some conversations with marc
wide-angle for the consciousness shift
The Pacific Ocean is behind these hills
wide-angle for luke's perspective, and ours
Pyramid Lake, NV
wide-angle for heroes of the bible and the quran
Los Angeles, CA