I have been making sure to announce this. This year I will be working towards a photo book which I named as “Solitary Walk”, focusing on my random walks around the beaches of New York City. This will be the first ever photo book of my photography career and hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have enough pictures to complete this.
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I have been spending my time a lot on beaches all summer long for this project and thinks it reaches to a point I am comfortable enough to publish.
So, here is my newest personal project “The Frail Second”, the first personal project I have reached that far since my “Emotion/Untold Stories” in 2010.
I remembered the day that this concept struck my mind. I couldn’t sleep.
See the whole project here at http://www.htettsan.com/the-frail-second/
Htet T San
Friendship sent to my life from Heaven. Will carry to Eternity.
“Rebellion is individual action; it has nothing to do with the crowd or other people. Rebellion has nothing to do with politics, power, violence. True Rebellion is turning tables against oneself. It’s a spiritual metamorphosis” _ Osho
Trip to Boston
Today is a beautiful day. Unexpectedly sold a print and I might be able to upgrade my camera soon. Suddenly, i miss my good old friends. I miss Vivi. A soul-mate who’s with me through thick and thin even though she talks all the time while I remain silent. My beautiful memories.
Near the mountain, there is a lake with clear, still water reflecting the mountain and the sky with pristine clarity. You can do the same. If you are calm and still enough, you can reflect the mountain, the blue sky, and the moon exactly as they are. You reflect whatever you see exactly as it is, without distorting anything.
Have you ever seen yourself in a mirror that distorts the image? Your face is long, your eyes are huge, and your legs are really short. Don’t be like that mirror. It is better to be like the still water on the mountain lake.
We often do not reflect things clearly, and we suffer because of our wrong perceptions. Suppose you are walking in the twilight and see a snake. You scream and run into the house to get your friends, and all of you run outside with a flashlight. But when you shine your light on the snake, you discover that it isn’t a snake at all, just a piece of rope. This is a distorted perception.
When we see things or listen to other people, we often don’t see clearly or really listen. We see and hear our projections and our prejudices. We are not clear enough, and we have a wrong perception. Even if our friend is giving us a compliment, we may argue with him because we distort what he says.
If we are not calm, if we only listen to our hopes or our anger, we will not be able to receive the truth that is trying to reflect itself on our lake. We need to make our water still if we want to receive reality as it is. If you feel agitated, don’t do or say anything. Just breathe in and out until you are calm enough. Then ask your friend to repeat what he has said. This will avoid a lot of damage. Stillness is the foundation of understanding and insight. Stillness is strength.
_ Thich Nhat Hanh
If my brain and art were be the last thing to help,
that would be the gift to the land that gave me birth.
I aim to gain “Nothing” back from there.
Sitting at the iron gates _ Htein Lin ( Drawing in Prison)
“Youths are the Victims of a Country”. But it’s not the mindset that’s going to make any Change, let alone a nation.
A political Activist, Artist, 4 years on the run, 6 and 1/2 years in prison. Made 300 paintings and sculptures in one of the most notorious jails in Burma using found materials and prisoners’ sarongs . Warrior turned to Healer by choice in the darkest time.
“Beauty” – is found in the souls of artists who have no animosity to life.
The artist’s name is “Htein Lin” – Truly Inspired me.
“…art must carry man’s craving for the ideal, must be an expression of his reaching out towards it; that art must give man hope and faith. And the more hopeless the world in the artist’s version, the more clearly perhaps must we see the ideal that stands in opposition – otherwise life becomes impossible! Art symbolises the meaning of our existence.”
― Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time
- I always have a dilemma in my artistic process whether to create works of art to represent the sufferings of reality or to create the ideals. Over the time, my works fall to and fro between these two categories. Now, I have a new kind of thinking…what about we start to create our souls to become the ideals we imagine instead of craving? The world has become exhausted of humans’ excuses on wrongdoings. What about we start to sculpt ourselves through time and space to become the best version of ourselves? In that way, Experiences and Memories become meaningful steps that can help build the better us. Maybe,Life does have a meaning. It’s to learn and to create ourselves “masterpieces”, with “Metta” and “Understanding” to all the living creatures around us who have their own pain/sufferings and agony.
– I thought Ingmar Bergman would be my creative idol. But, lately, I have discovered Tarkovsky , as Bergman referred to as the most sublime of all, is the artist I feel more connected to my soul. The poet of the cinema who created a new language. Life as a reflection. Life as a dream.
Woke up with thunderstorm outside.
Not as the way I would like to be struck.
The Originals cracked last night.
Entire decade collapsed.
Do I still sound as an existence?
There’s a long walk ahead.
-from “Visual” by Lin Eain Ni 080415
From Natural Disaster Series _Htet T San
11 out of 14 provinces are suffering from recent flood disaster and my country just alerted national disaster. Excessive Deforestation across the country has vividly showed us the benefits. In the greed of rich men and authority, it’s always the poor who suffer. Yet, despite the sins and irresponsibilities of takers, all we can do as artists and givers is just to help those in pain and wish the situation be better soon. And, all be safe. Please!
To all those interested in contributing, donation can be sent to – https://m.2c2p.com/charityfund
This website gives a list of humanitarian groups and individuals who are involved/volunteering in helping the victims of widespread floods in Myanmar. You can also add donation groups which are not listed here. (Click the three strips to the left of Myanmar Flood Information)
We are also initiating the charities to send forces to Myanmar. You can also contact us.
Still – Memories_Htet T San
One of the nights before I left to US, I was driving along Pyay Road at midnight with my highest speed.
Six years..blink of an eye. All have changed back home. Yet, Soul like mine..would even Heaven understand?