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Shai4883Alogoweb by Pelicanh
Shai4883Alogoweb
Another version of the shot of my dear sweet friend, Shai. I like this version better.
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Pigeons0838a by Pelicanh
Pigeons0838a
and roaches will be here long after we are gone too. A comment as a follow up to my last image.
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AH yes...social injustice... a familiar bell ringing in my old hippie ear. Shall I wade in?? Well...I'll go in ankle deep here, OK. 

This is no a problem that has a solution. It has only agreements to disagree. 

I disagree profoundly with the KKK but I defend their right to free speech and, yes, even when it points it's boney finger of vitriol my direction because of some of the beliefs I hold dear. 

I have an idea..."Hey, Muslims, if you don't like Charlie Hebdo cartoons, don't fuckin look at them" because there are MILLIONS of your brothers who are peace loving, free speech defending, and TRUTHFUL practitioners of your "faith". Matter of fact, a French police officer that these guys murdered was Muslim.


In a society, we have to have rules, laws, and boundaries. I could possibly drive 50KPH in a 25KPH zone but there are laws against that because at some point in time, lawmakers decided the risk to reward balance was too great to drive faster than 25. Even though I am (confession alert!) a bit of a voyeur and even a bit of an exhibitionist, I don't have or watch sex in public because there are laws against it (damn!). I SHOULD be able to freely fuck on a city fountain, but some Bible thumper took exception to it when someone did it once, so lawmakers did their thing.

This silly analogy can be extended to the extreme, as it was/is with Charlie Hebdo. 


The French have laws against veils, crosses, etc etc for a just that particular social reason. Frankly, I'm iffy about it, but if I were Muslim, I'd abide by that law because it is the law of the land I choose to live in. Don't like it? MOVE, or get involved in the accessible French system to try and change it. Terrorism has historically not worked and now the Muslims have an even BIGGER PR problem. Even folks who disagree with some of Charlie's provocative tactics, have now come to defend their "right" to publish what they will. Millions of dollars have now poured in to keep that magazine running and people are flocking to want to work for the publication.

So perhaps nocturnaliss.deviantart.com is right, "And as I write this, I get this feeling the third world war has already begun, and nobody has quite understood that yet (and I also hope I'm wrong)."


The hope I maintain is that we are now coming into an age where people are more informed, more educated, and more world aware. With education, statistics suggest, religion dissipates and it's power shrinks. Not in my lifetime I know and probably not even in the lifetime of my children, but if humanity survives, my hope is a larger awareness of the consequences of actions will precede the actions themselves. That is my HOPE. 


In the meantime, I turn 65 in March and am able to see more clearly the scope and limitations of my own sphere of influence to make this hope become flesh. But as I have produced two children who now share this hope, Mr. Jihadist just had a litter of 7.


Rather than take up more space, I will simply refer you all to the Bard, who said it best.

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Act II, Scene VII   www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/yo…

AH yes...social injustice... a familiar bell ringing in my old hippie ear. Shall I wade in?? Well...I'll go in ankle deep here, OK. 

This is no a problem that has a solution. It has only agreements to disagree. 

I disagree profoundly with the KKK but I defend their right to free speech and, yes, even when it points it's boney finger of vitriol my direction because of some of the beliefs I hold dear. 

I have an idea..."Hey, Muslims, if you don't like Charlie Hebdo cartoons, don't fuckin look at them" because there are MILLIONS of your brothers who are peace loving, free speech defending, and TRUTHFUL practitioners of your "faith". Matter of fact, a French police officer that these guys murdered was Muslim.


In a society, we have to have rules, laws, and boundaries. I could possibly drive 50KPH in a 25KPH zone but there are laws against that because at some point in time, lawmakers decided the risk to reward balance was too great to drive faster than 25. Even though I am (confession alert!) a bit of a voyeur and even a bit of an exhibitionist, I don't have or watch sex in public because there are laws against it (damn!). I SHOULD be able to freely fuck on a city fountain, but some Bible thumper took exception to it when someone did it once, so lawmakers did their thing.

This silly analogy can be extended to the extreme, as it was/is with Charlie Hebdo. 


The French have laws against veils, crosses, etc etc for a just that particular social reason. Frankly, I'm iffy about it, but if I were Muslim, I'd abide by that law because it is the law of the land I choose to live in. Don't like it? MOVE, or get involved in the accessible French system to try and change it. Terrorism has historically not worked and now the Muslims have an even BIGGER PR problem. Even folks who disagree with some of Charlie's provocative tactics, have now come to defend their "right" to publish what they will. Millions of dollars have now poured in to keep that magazine running and people are flocking to want to work for the publication.

So perhaps nocturnaliss.deviantart.com is right, "And as I write this, I get this feeling the third world war has already begun, and nobody has quite understood that yet (and I also hope I'm wrong)."


The hope I maintain is that we are now coming into an age where people are more informed, more educated, and more world aware. With education, statistics suggest, religion dissipates and it's power shrinks. Not in my lifetime I know and probably not even in the lifetime of my children, but if humanity survives, my hope is a larger awareness of the consequences of actions will precede the actions themselves. That is my HOPE. 


In the meantime, I turn 65 in March and am able to see more clearly the scope and limitations of my own sphere of influence to make this hope become flesh. But as I have produced two children who now share this hope, Mr. Jihadist just had a litter of 7.


Rather than take up more space, I will simply refer you all to the Bard, who said it best.

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Act II, Scene VII   www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/yo…

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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional
What you up too?
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy New Year Michael...family photo awesome!!! Kids grow up so fast!!!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Photographer
they sure do!!! Thanks so much Tom. Merry and Happy to you and yours also. Hope 2015 will be STELLAR!!!!!
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Stellar for sure..End of the month i am heading to the Philippines to live. Met an awesome woman on the net and been talking for 6 months know. She has no desire to move here so i thought i would go for the adventure and move there...no more snow shoveling for me!!!!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
HOLY HELL!!!! Have you MET her in real life? Hope that all works out. Sounds like an exciting adventure!! What are you gonna do there (I mean other than her. ha)? Retire??
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Laysa Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Merry Christmas dear Michael ! :hug:
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
thanks you so very much Lovely Laysa. I hope you and yours have a FABULOUS holiday season!
No matter what Santa thinks, I think I'll be naughty all next year!! LOL
XO
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aurvakur Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What happened with you and Shye? 
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
We stopped seeing each other a few years ago. I tried to remain friends but she has completely disappeared. I can't find her anywhere...and I've tried!
I hope she is OK. :(
But....things evolve and I'm happy as I can be.
Hope you have a Merry and Happy!!
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aurvakur Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou for answering Pelicanh. I still follow you! 
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
yay!!!. Enjoy!
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jackcornelius Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Totally agree with your viewpoint on commentsClap 
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yea - I can only imagine what you've had to deal with too, Jack. Oh well.
Hope you have WONDERFUL holidays!
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kokoro13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Wow. Your Marcia Hase shots are stunning, and I crazy-respect your integrity in hiring pro-stylists for this very specific look. This classic shibari look is hundred of years old now, it definitely deserves to be done properly. I would just die to see the full shoot, but I know you deal with a lot of nasty, ignorant people on here. I hope someday I'll get to see it!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
well...you certainly know about dealing with those asshats, huh!? Sorry you have had to face it also.
Easy way for you to see the whole shoot is just to come to LA and let us do one of/for you! :) 
Thanks so much.
M
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PWG44 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Glad to see you sharing some of your work from the other side of your artistic spectrum... amazing work... it make me happy! :thumbsup:
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fairy9311 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Hi!
I understood from what you've said that some commenters are bothering you, so I wanted to apologize on their behalf: I am really sorry.
Your works are wonderful and I really love them:) (Smile) (excuse me for my bad english Sweating a little... )
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
well...it's just that it inhibits me from sharing images I would really love to share. I just don't have the time to monitor all the trolls.
Thanks so much!!!
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Did Squid find the GREAT Pumpkin? I know you know the reference. Man, they are so much fun at that age!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...I think that might be what he was thinking about!
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Glad you had a great day. I miss those times.
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BadPornSux Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Dear Michael,
Several years ago you posted an hilarious, but fact filled picture illustrating the myriad types of cameras available, by price range and abilities/features. The "Guy with a Camera" moniker has given me the sniggers ever since! I am looking to budget money this winter to buy myself a better camera in the spring. Maybe I'll be a Minor League GWC!! Anyway, would you PLEASE / (Oni gashi mas!) repost that picture post!
Thanks, Domo Arigato, Danke, Gracias, Takk,
Go raibh maith agat! You are STILL a reason I come here. Thanks for coming back and staying.

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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...I can't find that image anywhere. It's certainly not the equipment but what we do with it. That journal I posted was a reaction to SO MUCH bad photography by people calling themselves photographers when they hardly owned any equipment at all. Like a guy who owns a knife, so he calls himself a surgeon! ha
I'm sure you'll do great things with your new camera! It's FUN!
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Cherielou Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for posting your latest submission, I really love it and hope to see more. I know it is a departure, but I miss your nude works so much. Just wanted to let you know.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you so much! Wish I could post it here too! :(
Keep up the wonderful work too!!
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