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  • waves
    2010 by David Pu u 0 Comments The image above is a tight shot of the crowd in the lineup at Pipeline one day a few seasons back Pipe is located on the North Shore of the Island of Oahu Generally a lineup is a pretty near perfect example of a social and cultural hierarchy and how those tend to stratify according Continue Reading Posted in Blog Swell 4 Posted on December 24 2009 by David Pu u 0 Comments The latest in our wave makers arrived innocuously enough with a soft and barely perceptible pulse arriving late in the evening I had watched the shoulder high lines stacking up at California Street at last light under yet another masterpiece sunset Yet not much pulse showed on the weather buoys The next morning at 3 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 Wonder Posted on November 8 2009 by David Pu u 15

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  • Hyperbole
    People keep asking me I usually sort of just smirk Hyperbole is everything His rather complex interpretation of music and performance was pretty much nailed in Seth Godin s blog today Bring me stuff that s dead please Josh is doing this I was impressed when I finally figured it out It had been a busy week for Josh One of our local papers the VC reporter had done a little story on him That sort of adds a subtle layer of pressure Especially when one spends all of their time writing designing and recording pretty much alone Guitar lessons vocal lessons plying the music scene in LA Josh had delved into most of that on his own in pursuit of interpreting something pretty much dead His new band shows a lot of promise The complexity of their music and level of performance requires the refinement of a hundred dive bar performances but that is how a craft is honed one swing of the axe at a time It never was lost on me that term axe men for guitarists The process was related to me by my friend Samuel Shoemaker who fronts a band with his brothers called of course The Shoemaker Brothers Those lyrics say everything Sam told me the story of them leaving home in Washington and playing their way across the US and back one performance at a time each night ending with loading their gear back into their van and moving along Zuri Star has related similar dues paying and craft building performance campaign tales It is just how becoming good works in anything one must undergo a trial by fire The grand test is whether it ever matters of course That is the risk Life is lived in a handful of moments A career

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  • The Zuri Files: Westside Ventura
    probably does not matter This week saw a LOT of computer time as I worked on wrapping my commercial work for the year As I plowed the pixel fields of my hard drive borne library I came across a project I had shot with Zuri Star as a collaboration of sorts Zuri is a pretty remarkable recording artist and performer But more than that she and her family exemplify some of the very best aspects of America to me Zuri in Blue Daughter of an American activist patriot and pioneer in organic farming in the US Bill Allen Zuri understands the bigger picture of writing and communicating in music and in her life Co incidentally she had also become one of the cadre of amazing women whose names design modus and momentum are in the fashion and promotional lineup for Donna Von Hoesslin s female driven company Betty Belts One day Zuri and I set out to walk the West Side of Ventura where I have owned a home and raised my children The West Side has texture Sometimes it feels like the oil fields of Texas or clamor and bustle of Mexico Sometimes you think it is like the inside of a big crack house But the reality is that the West Side of Ventura exemplifies something every country and community needs a place to get started Self Starter You either love it or hate it Zuri has a new song released by that same title Love or Hate Historic Ventura I look at my own self and life process the West Side was where I bought my first home Fleeing from an unsustainable real estate market in Santa Barbara and needing to follow the growth track of my low margin Surf Industry company of the time the West

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  • The Big Nevermind
    I portray Below is an image which I shot yesterday It is of Kathleen Fitzgerald the former Director of Sales for the City of Ventura Tourism Department She is moving back to the City of Longbeach after being let go of here Like Rob Edwards she believed in this place and marketed it Nationally and beyond for almost 5 years She was a huge service benefit to Ventura No one will probably ever know the number of hats she wore and the massive victories she accomplished while an employee of the City of Ventura A few of us helped her sell off and pack her belongings Venturans do stuff like that We tend to stick up for those who stick their necks out for us I Tried Kathleen Fitzgerald So after seeing actions are everything what the City really thinks of this beautiful place and its wonderful people by my own sense of ethics I must make a choice as I am eminently responsible for what I market and will not be a party to what I perceive as being harmful degrading or illegal and in violation of Civil Rights I have one ethical choice as our actions define our self and community So nevermind If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it then he becomes a mean base and sordid creature no matter how successful Theodore Roosevelt Below is a gallery of images and how Ventura looks to me right now If you come here the people of this place will appreciate you endeavor to help you show you beautiful things and our City may screw with and threaten and charge you for things which you may be able to acquire for free in other communities Being warned I hope that you still come Forewarned is forearmed Our town is truly the Real California Though that can be a scary thing these days Ventura s Zuri Allen Star wrote a song called Walk With Me It says a lot Speaking of nevermind Saturday Night Live often develops cultural commentary that transcends generations They did it again here A conversation between City and Citizen I doubt that Nevermind is now an option for them but it is for us Ventura is what it is a pretty and remarkable patch of historic land and ocean with a culturally engaging populace We just seem to have a lot of vultures here at the moment Must be the dead bodies Posted in Blog Ventura Groans Walking Backwards 17 Responses to The Big Nevermind mary osborne says September 19 2010 at 9 44 pm Great blog Dave Reply admin says September 20 2010 at 6 11 am Thank you Mary The one person with whom I have partnered to communicate so much of what this place is Thank you for all that you contribute to our amazing little town Mary as an artist a leader and a business owner Safe travels to China I know that you will represent us well Reply Robert Catalusci says September 19 2010 at 9 53 pm Thank you David Please wait for reply I am trying to relate to the imediacy of the so called debt of the city of Ventura where does the money go Sable coats and parking ja The capital clearly out weighs the gains Big Love Brother Reply admin says September 20 2010 at 6 15 am When I saw you and Jess move your fantastic vision and companies from San Francisco to Ventura I was so encouraged Robert You were part of a grand influx of talented passionate internationally connected artists and business people who we all were hoping would come I am sorry for what is going on here I regret that I may have unwittingly been a part of this I apologize Reply Steven Schleder says September 19 2010 at 10 59 pm you are so nice and reserved with the City s recent new urbanism actions I have said from the beginning that if a City Council and their City Manager support the existance of 7 000 local desecrated pioneer graves 3 000 desecrated graves at St Mary s Presbyterian Hebrew Cemeteries and the 3 850 desecrated Catholic graves beneath the original Holy Cross School then there is NOTHING that these demonic monsters will not do to get what they want I can only thank God that they do not have any money In fact is there a way to cut their cash flow in half We don t need these people here nor do the residents want these people here I m wondering if City of Azusa or the City of Old Forge New York will take their little darlings back Have you noticed all the vacant chain link fenced graded dirt lots around town waiting for financing These are supposed to be the high density in fill new urbanism projects These are the new urbanist s swan songs gone wrong Do they make them into dog parks to take the pressure off of our dog park cemetery Do they make them into neighborhood parcelled vegetable gardens some of the best soil in the world with 4 crops per year We are not important to them David You are way too nice Reply admin says September 20 2010 at 6 06 am The thing about City finances is not exactly what one would at first suspect I think that what is really the issue is one of tone which results from a disconnectedness to the heart and soul of Ventura it s people Read Pasadena Subrosa s post about Rick Cole This is a SMALL town in it s immediate accountability between us all I mean if I say or do something stupid YOU will call me on it or any of the approx 2 dozen people who are in my close circle of confidants And I invite that But here is the big difference I do not need to lie in

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  • Be Brilliant
    the experience knowing that something special has occurred you have been touched by Creativity Watch this if you have ten minutes This is how it feels when the realization hits that I am on to something great There is an incredible example in this performance of where an artist can take a person with music and brilliance Steve Vai His lengthy Wiki page says it all in this line In 1999 Vai started his own record label Favored Nations intending to showcase as Vai describes artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments http en wikipedia org wiki Steve Vai page is well worth the read Here is another rather different example Watch the flash card slide show that Donna Von Hoesslin designer of the Betty B line and mentor to many made out of some of my imagery No less brilliant The show is the first image It takes a few seconds to start It is called the What Matters Project It amazing how the human heart connects to the pulse of the universe when we reach for something special that higher bar When a person is brilliant it s like the soul is a plug the spirit a cord Creativity and inspiration breeds more bigger better different new as a human becomes something a lot more grand than he is when unplugged In a world of sameness we all need brilliance Illuminate And one star illuminates the dark night of another s universe Plug in Be brilliant Inspiration is everything It matters You can click on any of the images for their back story James Coburn Posted in Blog An Independent Nature Light Monger 6 Responses to Be Brilliant Donna says July 5 2010 at 7 01 pm As you always say darkness is

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  • An Independent Nature
    truth for the most part Though admittedly History is written by the victors But a revelation of the true strength and character of the United States lies in an examination of the nature of those individuals who had the tenacity to put their lives and their families on the line and leave a vast history and legacy behind them in order to venture out to a new frontier in the Americas It all is summed up pretty well in this image loaned to me by the Dunbar s of their son who after severe stress in childbirth had this to say as he lay in Neo Natal Care full of tubes Kate Slaton Dunbar is descended from the people who settled the area in which I live When I saw this image which her husband shot I was surprised To me it seems sometimes like all of the world would love to snuff America out This boy s response is the basis for what our instinctive reply should be to ANY entity within or without that attempts to rob this country of what we paid for in vision obstinence perseverence bravery and blood sacrifice One thing to say Independence Day Think about that word independent ˌindəˈpendənt adjective 1 free from outside control not depending on another s authority the study is totally independent of central government Canada s largest independent investment firm of a country self governing India became independent in 1947 not belonging to or supported by a political party the independent candidate of broadcasting a school etc not supported by public funds not influenced or affected by others impartial a thorough and independent investigation of the case Independent historical Congregational 2 not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence I wanted to remain independent in old age capable of thinking or acting for oneself advice for independent travelers of income or resources making it unnecessary to earn one s living a woman of independent means 3 not connected with another or with each other separate we need two independent witnesses to testify the legislature and the judicature are independent of each other not depending on something else for strength or effectiveness freestanding an independent electric shower Mathematics of one of a set of axioms equations or quantities incapable of being expressed in terms of or derived or deduced from the others noun an independent person or body an independent political candidate voter etc Independent historical a Congregationalist If we truly stand united Expect to stand alone amongst the Nations Independent Victory is never given You have to earn and seize it That is us from our inception It is what we were It is what we should be One of the single most powerful songs that I have heard America Samuel Shoemaker and the Shoemaker Brothers It has inspired quite a bit for me in the month or so since I first heard them play it live here in Ventura America the diverse proud obstinent independent and free

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  • Zuri Star
    David Pu u 9 Comments Recently NYC based production company Silent Crow was in Ventura Two writers with the company happened to have connected with Donna Von Hoesslin of Betty B and learning a little bit about her female inspired Eco Fashion line They came up with an idea Producer Matt Bennett showed up to do a little bit of Continue Reading Posted in Blog What is Surfing Fifty Views Posted on June 18 2009 by David Pu u 19 Comments Each day lately begins with me wading though the e mail file Today I opened a newsletter from an organization which I support by lending them usage of some of my images The subject header was International Surfing Day A Cool we have our own day impulse when I pressed the read icon rapidly transitioned Continue Reading Posted in Blog Grace Posted on May 31 2009 by David Pu u 16 Comments In any life in the reduction of the actions and choices that take a person on their journey after all the stuff of a person s existence is burned or rotted away what remains is something quite remarkable For lack of a better word you could call that something grace It exists everywhere Yet one cannot Continue Reading Posted in Blog Tribe Makers Posted on May 18 2009 by David Pu u 6 Comments My girlfriend Donna s video Passages is now up on the Intuit Website you can view it here The video whose production I have blogged a bit about is the requirement necessary for grant payment If you VOTE for her at the videos end and find it in your space to provide a comment your generosity Continue Reading Posted in Blog Situational Ethics Anyone Posted on May 15 2009 by David Pu u

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  • David Pu'u
    by David Pu u 2 Comments The above image and copy is a post I did to my Instagram and Facebook pages this week This Post is the first in a series of pieces I will do on my transition from the Canon System to that of Samsung My perception is that this one system could serve as a foundation for Continue Reading Posted in Blog Ethics Slice Posted on May 8 2015 by David Pu u 3 Comments There is much to be said regarding the power held in the art of a creative The reason for this lies in the modus of all of the Arts to effect the climate of the human heart and soul Once again a Facebook post by a friend illustrated the outrage that runs close to the Continue Reading Posted in Blog Of Men and Wisteria Posted on March 19 2015 by David Pu u 4 Comments A few of us were to get together at Art maven Joe Cardella s home this weekend Many have been through the mill as it were in recent months so Joe invited the lot of a group of artists and critical thinkers over for a pleasant Sunday afternoon under the great awning of Wisteria which are Continue Reading Posted in Blog The Byproduct of War Posted on February 17 2015 by David Pu u 0 Comments I have been watching and studying the History Channel production titled Vietnam in HD recently It is both informative and excellent work which documents via high resolution film scans and authentic narrative the massive conflict as a nexus for American warfare and culture You can watch it on Netflix The seeds for the Vietnam War Continue Reading Posted in Blog Not My Tribe Posted on February 11 2015 by David

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