20190412: Never Stop Learning & Picasso said it too! Day 141 Still Learning too!



It is an old saying, from my studying Taoism as well as just something I learned or “Gut Feeling” training as a small child,

“NEVER STOP LEARNING” because that is the “Key” the the Meaning of Life!

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So many people around me in life, STOP learning, stop caring & close their minds.

I have watched USA Republicians/Democrats talk of “How open minded they are as they demand Censorship, then a couple months later, they are posting against censorship.

However, NEITHER OF THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE SPEAK OUT against the corruption so blatantly shown the USA people in daily life.

Or the laws AGAINST people like me WHO RISK OUR LIVES TO EXPOSE CORRUPTION.

The arrest of Assange makes that obvious, Chelsea Manning also arrested again, Snowden still in hiding are all signs of a corruption system WELL STABILIZED in a society.

So yeah, most people STOP LEARNING as soon as possible.

Like the Ph.D person who gets out of college & hangs it on a wall to “Display” but then declares they “Know it all”. Yet quickly are proven they do not.

At 61 years old, I have never stopped learning. Just as I started out with a plastic Japanese made camera in 1962, in the 1990s I was looking & learning digital photography. I was 1st learning of it in the 1980s from photography friends who were doing the “school training” of it. 1988 I became a Photo Editor for 6 newspapers under one publishing house, so yes I too had to embrace it.

At 1st I was a “Filmy person” & laid out a business of only doing film photography. But as I got into it & saw the future of it, PLUS THE ADVANTAGE of digital production over wet darkroom hours to make a single print & hen repeat that “artistic process”.

I SIMPLY EMBRACED THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC WORLD & have always been learning every since.

As a Independent Investigative Photojournalist, my life depends of ability to show evidence repetitively. I am still alive in San Juan de los Lagos, Jal., MX where they kill for profit, stealing, lying, cheating in a city WITH A VATICAN-CARTEL APPROVED “FAKE MIRACLE”. And they have 300 years of Vatican APPROVAL!!

Shows why they do not CARE THEY ARE INSULTING their own God & Saint!

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20190412: Reflections, Trees & river of San Juan de los Lagos, Jal., MX



Just one of those days, a photograph I took months ago & never did the post of.

So “Reflections” is an appropriate title to remember when 141days ago I could go outside & see sunshine, here in San Juan de los Lagos, Jal., MX. A city that now wants to openly kill me

20181009 Mex stone & street-4905_BE

Again, as in the previous post on leading lines, I wandered back & forth to find a nice composition & the bright tree in the middle of the foreground captures the eye.

The dark foreground trees then capture the eyes as you go down the bright tree & are drawn to the right side, then you follow it down to the river and & follow the line of trees back downstream.

The darker trees on either side of the image “frame” the composition.

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As always I am a independent Investigative photojournalist who works for the “Spiritual Realm” more than humans & I am now looking for an “EXIT” from this murdering FOR PROFIT city in Mexico where they kill journalists & photojournalists JUST FOR FUN!

San Juan de los Lagos doesn’t like the fact I exposed their Vatican APPROVED MIRACLE for the circus act it is AND THE LOCALS DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE IN GOD OR El Cristo as a Living Spiritual ENTITY. It is just plastic DOLL THEY SELL FOR PROFITS!

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20190412: Leading Lines Photography another quick lesson. Day 141, alive & still teaching.



I have done several of these photographs lessons on “leading lines”.

Here is another, San Juan de los Lagos city photograph I took as part of that series. Fighting for my life in this town of thieves, cheats & murderers, it has just taken time to get back to it.

It is necessary lesson to learn in both Graphic Design & painting-photography, if you want someone to pay attention to the image, be it an advertising for a client or artwork to sell in a gallery, you need to keep the person’s attention.

That is the “job” of the use of “leading lines”,

20181009 Mex stone & street-4894_BE

As you can see, the river, the walls of the river channel & even the clouds “LEAD” the person’s eyes to look into the image & down the river & city along the channel.

Even the Clouds on the right side has a hook in the very distance, so that after the left cloud’s dark area & contrasts against the bright city under it, you are drawn back to the very depth of the photo to the bridge in the middle of the river channel.

In the Masters of painting & art schools these are the golden circle, triangle,

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and in use of a master painting,

Golden circle demo

So the next time you take a photograph, be it a cellphone or a the most expensive camera available, think about your composition & what you want the viewer to pay attention to.

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Assange HAS BEEN ARRESTED so the FREEDOM OF JOURNALISTS IS IN DANGER AROUND THE WORLD and remember, I am in Mexico fighting for my life literally. So any help is appreciated!

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20190411: Eye of the Beholder Inspirational Poster, just having fun on Day 140 of being alive, still!



Yep, no one in San Juan de los Lagos has figured out how to kill me yet.

Any way, still looking for my “EXIT” and keeping myself busy.

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So many times I have been told by people, NOT customers, of what & hold to do art.

I must remind them, I AM THE ARTIST, I create My art & evolve over time.

They are interested in what I consider crafts-people. People who make the same things, do the same style of artwork for years or decades as income. Not an issue to me, but as an Artist, I evolve. i.e. I got my 1st camera in 1962, I DO NOT STILL USE 1962 PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT & I am learning the latest in digital video production now as well!

An artist  DOES NOT SIT LIKE A STAGNATE POND…

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As always, I am an independent Investigative Photojournalist against corruption & my current assignment by the “Spiritual Realm” has me in a tight spot.

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20190411: Old Door Way, Where does it lead? Day 140 & Still keeping busy, Alive!



Yes, a 140 days locking myself inside my apartment to keep the Mexicans who kill journalists & photojournalists for fun, corruption is protected from the top down.

Notice that all ready people are talking of the NEW President ALMO, just exchanging “his People” for the past people that he claimed are corrupt.

20190411 Mexican Crime figures

Any way, working on some posters, I was digging thru the files of photos I had shot here in San Juan de los Lagos Jal, MX and found this old door way. Way too much fun thinking of what might be behind it!

20181009 Mex stone & street-4875_BE

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As always I am a corruption fighting Independent Investigative Photojournalist!

And a little support, even just a hand clapping would be nice in a world full of corruption.

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20190410: Great Artists Steal, the rest just copy! I’m just doing my thing, TOO!


Just a little fun, I needed a Picasso quote of the “Great Artists Steal” quote and all the usual posters online just did not have any Punch!

So I made my own of it!Print

Day139, still alive & creating some fun for myself in San Juan de ls Lagos ,Jal., MX.  Can’t remember when I ate last anymore, good thing the “Spiritual Realm” me to eat manna, “Spiritual Energy” decades ago.  Ain’t Dead yet!

Yes, this is a local street in the downtown area, backside of a church school actually!

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20190409: “Faux Graffiti, Sailing with the Wind!” Day 138, alive & creating in a NEW Direction!



OK, THIS is a Photoshop created painting, NOPE, not just clicking a button, but yes using a custom program for the paint effects.

Stroke by stroke I painted it. I painted with oils & acrylics for decades & love the heavy layered feel of real paintings.

I then needed a wall with some “Size feelings” to make it a nice large painting.

So I went through my photos of here in San Juan de los Lagos, Jal., MX  & my other photo ad graphics files to find an image that would work,. I have lots of brick and stone work walls but just a plain wall did not work. It just looked too small. Yet it needed the stonework feeling of graffiti work on a wall.

Then I remembered these shots of the town bridge & pulled up this one. Oh, course I do not think anyone in this San Juan city would know what a trimaran is, but I do love the overall effect I have achieved with my  “FAUX Graffiti Sailing with the Wind!” image.

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As always trying to survive, so if you need a creative person to do some work, I do remote work in a variety of styles.

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They have experience with uneducated peasants & pilgrims who are easy to fool, not someone who for 50 plus years has investigated corruption & heard a hell of a lot of lies.

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