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  • Hans Rathje
    u 8 Comments angel ˈānjəl noun 1 a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant agent or messenger of God So let the Earth give testimony I was raised in Santa Barbara Most of my earliest and therefore strongest influences were based on my native Hawaiian Culture s perception of man s place in the world and the catch Continue Reading Posted in Blog Swell Five and the Marathon Man Posted on December 31 2009 by David Pu u 3 Comments It was o dark thirty on the second day of swell event number five on the Gold Coast in the middle of the El Nino 2009 2010 season I was gingerly working my way down the spiral stairway which leads down from the aerie which is the loft bedroom that overlooks one of the beaches I Continue Reading Posted in Blog Swell 3 Posted on December 21 2009 by David Pu u 2 Comments Just when we all thought we were safe and no more responsibilities would be shirked the life of the California based surf community turned on it s axis from the arrival of swell three of the 2009 2010 El Nino Season The storm which spawned our most recent pulse began in similar fashion to the prior It Continue Reading Posted in Blog Rinse and Repeat Posted on December 15 2009 by David Pu u 8 Comments I have had to watch weather a bit more closely than I usually would this season because Garrett MacNamara K38 Rescue and a few other pals of mine are involved in big wave events and have sort of sucked me into the preparation that goes into being in the right place on the right day Continue Reading Posted in Blog A Fall Fantasy Posted on December 3 2009

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  • Gaviota Muse
    what may be three days awash in the influence of the people who live lives connected to the ocean here So it did not surprise me that Robb Joe and I sat in one of the amazing rooms in Joe s home and that the subject turned to that of the muse and their role in our lives Plans were made They involved muses As we chatted about some of ours and how they influenced us my thoughts went from Mary to the many people who have driven and continue to push my work Today I have a show that opens in Santa Barbara at Couch with fellow artist Glenn Gravett Here is the invitation It will be my first show in my home town in twelve years Curiously enough that last show was with both Glenn and Rob Heeley in their gallery workspace on Canon Perdido Below is the description for the installation which will be in place for a month Curiously enough this show is all about one of my most significant muses the Gaviota Coast Two of the center pieces in the show are large nude illustrative compositions of both Mary Osborne and Jeanette Ortiz which were shot in two very significant locations on the Gaviota Coast and carry deep resonance with the history of the Chumash tribes native to that coastline and my own rich experiences under what I have been cognizant of experiencing in their footprints and under their gaze The show was custom designed by Glenn and I in collaboration with the artists at Pi Studio Printing It was a huge group effort and tonight s opening should prove a great opportunity to experience quite a cross section of amazing artists on First Thursday in Santa Barbara Coastal Blossom Gaviota Nude The modern day

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  • Jeanette Ortiz
    by David Pu u 3 Comments I was cameraless this week It was great Sort of Okay maybe not completely cameraless I still had four 35mm stills film bodies three mini DV cameras and five high speed film motion cameras all sitting on the shelf along with the water housings for those But I loaned my Canon 5DM2 system out and Continue Reading Posted in Blog Intersection Posted on February 24 2010 by David Pu u 11 Comments Tyler Swain and I strode arm in arm lock step across the pavers in the foyer of the swank old Figueroa Hotel It was a rainy night in Downtown LA I was just back from some time away with Shawn Alladio in Oregon and Northern California and being immersed in watery adventure Tyler was fresh Continue Reading Posted in Blog A Fall Fantasy Posted on December 3 2009 by David Pu u 0 Comments Nothing deep to share Or is there The past weeks have allowed me a lot of time and effort to delve into what many consider to be my forte which is shooting surfing nature beach culture and lifestyle So this blog is devoted to showing a few of the sights seen this last several weeks Continue Reading Posted in Blog Touch Posted on October 17 2009 by David Pu u 11 Comments It is not something I have any complete understanding of but for some reason I recognize the touch of my friends and what may be affecting them It often comes in the form of a subtle whisper I have found that if I shut the heck up and just listen the process applies quite dramatically Continue Reading Posted in Blog The Artist as Asset Posted on September 23 2009 by David Pu u 5 Comments Well

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  • D Day Retrospective
    back on an event in WW2 remembered as D Day Here is the original historic dispatch from Associated Press CNN brings us a fantastic retrospective on D Day in this Op Ed history based feature An amphibious assault vehicle being serviced at Camp Pendleton Ca If you were a young American British or Canadian soldier landing on the shores of France on June 6 1944 chances are you went into a very well defended series of kill zones in an early variant of an AAV You can read a bit on the history of the LVT craft here Or you jumped in Today maybe have a little think about what these men experienced as doors slammed open and they waded into what would be a maelstrom of metal and explosions Maybe place yourself in your mind s eye into that Historic moment which would cull a large percentage of your brothers and possibly you Or ponder what it would be like dropping in suspended by silk a simple target for anyone with a week s training in marksmanship let alone a hardened soldier Your life really was in God s hands Or was it War is hell As a Nation we underscore that fact repeatedly with the stories of each one of our Veterans who ever deign to share their experiences with us I always count it an honor when one sits me down and tells me things only he or she could know We all should Here is a fantastic collection of images of D Day Our History is special because it is simply that ours I saw that Shawn was off training with the guys again this week having just returned from leading a USCG course in Juneau Alaska Coincidentally I had just re processed this character portrait

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  • Understanding Fukushima-Daichi
    are many experts in the Nuclear Industry and international commerce and relations who believe that a plant failure in China would have no chance of being discoverable to the extent which Fukushima has Again here is the rub Our Commons connect Nations in such a manner that all environmental regulations and every incident as a result of our policies good or bad accurate or not connects each body in the International Community This begs that a few questions be asked of Americans Is it appropriate to allow Politicians to even have say in architecting the systems which the Global Population will need to survive under Is that intelligent given the simple fact that political policy is driven by the realities of the short term election cycle and all the ramifications which this implies If we find out that those policy makers knowingly led the Nation into decisions which damage the Commons to the point of jeopardizing food security create death via radiation exposure and generational Cancer as a payback to a Corporately embedded fiscal entity which placed them in office should they not be held criminally liable And in turn should that Nation and those companies not be held civilly liable for the damage they created If we did that Well please think what it would mean to apply a level of accountability here It would change everything that should be changed On the East Coast of the US are 33 Nuclear plants located in the Coastal Flood plain 17 are of similar design and placement to the one at Fukushima The East coast is wide open to a mega tsunami disaster from the tectonic plate activity located under the Canary Islands The Coast is also highly vulnerable to weather related disaster by way of Hurricane It has long been expected that a Cat 5 or above hurricane could sweep up the East Coast and create a damage swath that would be severe in scale and scope Fortunately this has NOT happened Therefore the odds are that it will in your lifetime During Hurricane Sandy which depending on where and when you measured it was a Cat 0 2 storm on the Safir Simpson Scale 6 of those 33 Nuclear plants went to emergency shut down 4 went to crises Meltdowns were averted The following little cable show was one which I agreed to do reluctantly as a result of my colleague and friend Wallace J Nichols author of the Blue Mind Neuroscience summit suggesting I consider appearing on it The show is called Eco Review It is authored and run by a very astute and connected man named Tom Harvey out of Santa Cruz California In the show with me are Dr Andrea Neal of Blue Ocean Sciences Andrea led a team of research scientists which developed a method for remediating heavy metal radiant contaminants from the water column She also was integral in creation of highly effective means of detecting source point pollutants in land sea or air

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  • On Beauty
    and Being Just by Elaine Scarry This is her handing it to me pictured below A beautiful act Lynn had recently left my friend Brian Kasbar s company and as she headed down coast thought to ring me so that we could meet in person for the first time after connecting on Brian s project which is an innovative system for educating Autistic children A beautiful endeavor I swam and shot a bit this week On a day that was surreal in it s blue sanguine embrace I managed to capture some of the essence of that experience The Ocean amazes me It is beautiful in ways that stretch my skill set to communicate And I got to speak with my friend and colleague Shawn Alladio as she made her way back to California She recounted some of the back story on the Never Quit Challenge Here is a clip from the Today Show on it The image below was shared by Ginny Blevins Feeks the surviving spouse of SO1 Pat Feeks who perished a little over a year ago Shawn is at the 9 11 Memorial at Ground Zero having just lead the NQC up the East Coast from Florida and landing in NYC on 9 11 The deep significance of taking our people by water back to New York is incredibly profound Shawn is placing some rather interesting things on the Memorial Among those a Pocket Constitution coins patches and very significantly two US flags One which Pat carried with him and the second which was presented to Ginny by the US Govt Shawn was presented these flags by Ginny and carried them with her in much the same manner Pat had The Beauty in this Act by Shawn Brian Lagarticha David Pirate Tew Eric Graff and all

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  • Risk Perception
    a few waves break and recognized that today was likely as good a day as ever to swim the place Lars Rathje arrived who is one of my close collaborators His younger brother Hans was on the way With increasing excitement we watched a few well overhead sets roll through and I carefully loaded my SPL waterhousing placing the Canon 5DM2 with wide angle zoom into the case setting everything and then buttoning up and prepping the port It is a routine and process which I have done literally thousands of times I tugged my wetsuit on grabbed my housing and fins and we picked our way down the cliff to a narrowing sandy beach strewn with the odd big rock Neither of us was 100 percent on what the bottom looked like We suspected it would be soft sand as we had seen the break shifting a bit over the course of a year and that shift usually indicates sandbar movement related to littoral flow As we got to the water s edge I turned to Lars and said this on the most perfect beautiful risk absent day one could ever imagine Pay close attention out here today Really close attention There is something not right about this And we swum out Below are the first and last frames I shot that night Easy perfect brilliant fun Right Here is what happened The lineup features two peaks one a left and one primarily a right On high tide tide was filling in a side wave pushes across the lineup creating an explosive and dramatic backwash condition Part of what we were there to experience was the water morph The first wave Lars barely got into it via the back door and as the side wave hit it kicked open That dry hair shot above was the first one of the evening We had to play everything very close due to the combination of conditions so frequently we were in touching distance That is not so unusual for water work I actually call this type of shooting contact work as one is generally within touching distance when one shoots You endeavor to have the ocean and your approach create a near miss scenario We both laughed that in the first 5 minutes we had nailed it That does not happen too often Perfection is complex It takes some effort An hour later a wave double concussed and as I came back to the surface I saw that my housing had leaked The dreaded Death all Water Photographers seek to avoid was in process Due to the design of SPL s system the camera sits on a plate which keeps it elevated You can technically semi flood a housing and not lose the camera if you are careful Hey Lars I am out Housing leak Going to the beach and see if I can fix it Camera is still alive Hans had just paddled out to join us I swum in

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  • K38 Rescue
    on March 8 2012 by David Pu u 1 Comment I sent Shawn Alladio a note yesterday afternoon Here it is At least TRY to have a good time tonight will ya This is important Here is her response Shut up LOL That pretty much sums up what many of us feel who are on the back end of rendering service when accolades Continue Reading Posted in Blog Truth Glows Posted on February 18 2012 by David Pu u 1 Comment Big difference between the darkness of a Lie and brightness of Truth Seth Godin absolutely nails the job description of the Creative in this blogpost he titles Transparent or Translucent Below is a fascinating story taken from an internet hoax of sorts where someone twisted the TRUTH and did it to their own benefit My Continue Reading Posted in Blog Respect for the Subject Posted on February 17 2012 by David Pu u 0 Comments Respect narrowly defined is examined here in this Wiki link One of the key elements for a creative in a study of any sort is respect of subject But here is the twist One has to respect one s self first If that aspect is not nailed to the floor of a soul the oft times Continue Reading Posted in Blog GMAC Posted on April 16 2011 by David Pu u 0 Comments Garrett MacNamara and I have been perpetually bumping into each other for over a decade now He and I for many years just seemed to always be in the same place and time to see the ocean and weather coincide to produce some remarkable moments He surfed I shot AFterwards we both laughed Wow Continue Reading Posted in Blog Five Posted on March 4 2011 by David Pu u 6 Comments

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