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  • Vision
    for how to motivate people that is not readily apparent as it is rooted deep within the thought processes and soul of the artist I do the vision quest thing a lot I will follow a thread of interest let it develop within me and when it is ready a lot like the gestation period in child birthing it comes out as an image or motion picture segment The purpose is to carry the viewer to a place that I would love for them to be The image below was one of those conceptual things It is simply a woman wrapped in sheer on the beach at sunset If you take a close look at the concepts involved you may be encouraged regarding several aspects of change our culture undergoes on a regular basis No one told me to make it In fact some of my colleagues and friends scoffed when I endeavored to shoot the Angel series I do not blame them It was my vision Over a period of years it has proven itself as a very commercially and artistically successful work Cerulean Angel So that is my vision That the people who view my work be comforted encouraged and educated by it It is not given to anyone My work has never been about everyone In fact I endeavor to keep the truths contained in it hidden from casual view just as in this image which is entitled Cerulean Angel Some will get that They are the ones who SHOULD get the reward That is my motivation To reward seekers Those are the leaders of tomorrow They will help people long after my ability to do so evaporates The world will always slap you hard with it s own realities The artist s goal should always be

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  • ID Please
    a fiscally viable career Think about it If someone stood before you and held out an archaic plastic box with a camera and one lens in it and said I am going to swim out to sea as often as I can and in as many places as I am able for X number of years and make a living what would you say to that person Insert suggestions for medical and psychological care here But that is what I did No one was doing wave work much at the time Preiss was not Woody was gone Greenough was doing dolphins It seemed to make sense in a round about way to me I love the water Off I swam clickety click day after day alone I would rise in the wee hours prep my lone camera and housing Wander down to the beach Pull on cold rubber in the dark and as the eastern horizon began to brighten swim out Fun times Enlightening Not too much later I was in the offices of Corbis Images Los Angeles having taken a few months time and organized some slide books and been accepted into that agency s ranks Corbis used to hold regular gatherings for its Photographers We would be tutored in all things photography related by the best people in the business surrounded by again the best photographers in the business People that shot all manner of styles and subjects Driveway Toolbox At this particular gathering the entire day was dedicated to creativity As I sat in our second gathering of that morning along with approximately 200 of the best shooters in the world we listened to someone who today would be doing what has come to be known as a TED talk here is a good one Her subject

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  • Intersection
    like to call a Matrix moment A Matrix moment is what was illustrated on film by the Wachowski brothers in their Matrix film series It is when apparent time slows to a crawl and one becomes intimately aware of every detail and it s movement through time It causes me to understand to comprehend something by forcing me to slow down and embrace the realization created by a complete shift in the tempo of my perception of time Those moments are inexplicably placed for me They are cosmic signposts But the number of things which must transpire in order for the moment to occur are so involved and convoluted in form that it boggles the mind It convinces me that what is seen is frequently not what it appears to be Unbeknownst to me as we rumbled down Figueroa Blvd in the sinister black Speed 3 looking for the 110 freeway entrance one of those moments was about to occur That night had begun with the intention of attending a Sidestepper concert at Cal State University Donna had won tickets on KCRW We had been a little late due to traffic and the tickets had been given away No biggie I actually felt relieved as a three hour concert was not my idea of a good time I was just trying to be a good humored escort So I had called Tyler from the theater He was at the Figueroa having rented a suite for the night for an evening in Downtown But it all began with the intention to attend that concert Finding the freeway entrance I ignored Donna s directions to go the other way and we hot pedaled into a slot in slug tempo traffic In awhile we had merged into the center lane of Hwy 101 N and meandered in the flow towards our friend Brian s place for a party Up ahead I saw a trailer loaded with PWC s and Donna said Hey isn t that Shawn My first reaction was Nah probably a race team headed for an event Then I saw the deep blue truck Shawn uses as a tow vehicle and her home away from home There we were at an intersection in a place none of us would ever be of our own volition or planning Then it happened As Donna rolled down her window screaming hellos and I love yous time slowed and we pulled alongside each other On my ten o clock a helo was hanging in pace with us On my left a champagne SUV was easing up to pass Shawn turned and smiled somewhat amusedly A midnight blue late model Saturn was changing lanes on the opposite side of her truck Time crawled and I saw everything at a near standstill almost as if it were a high resolution still frame My car phone rang Shawn Hey David I could hear Donna screaming while you guys were still back by the trailer Yep Funny seeing you

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  • creativity
    Alladio Sierra Partridge social change Social consciousness social sustainability surf culture surfer Surfer magazine surfing surf photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star Tag Archives creativity A Bali Journal 1 Posted on August 14 2009 by David Pu u 6 Comments Uneventful smooth sky sailing into Bali and here we are in one of the most beautiful locations I have ever seen David Booth and Sam Holcomb of East Bali Poverty project get it when it means hospitality apparently The villa they arranged for us to rent in Ubud is far and away the most amazing Continue Reading Posted in Blog Crazy Is Posted on July 8 2009 by David Pu u 6 Comments as crazy does But sometimes it is really all just a part of the ebb and flow of the creative process What appears to be madness on the surface or at the least just a bad idea is often the seed of something quite remarkable I have learned to always have my ear to the Continue Reading Posted in Blog Drawing the Line Posted on May 27 2009 by David Pu u 14 Comments Tyler Warren Walking the Line Learning to say no was one of Life s hardest lessons for me It came at great expense to those I love most in the world No is not simply the absence of yes It is the proverbial line in the sand of our life s path For a photographer and artist Continue Reading Posted in Blog Our Own Memorial Posted on May 25 2009 by David Pu u 4 Comments Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May May 25 in 2009 Formerly known as Decoration Day it commemorates U S men and women who died while

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  • Ocean Ohana: Guardianship
    had immediately taken to each other Like brothers Turns out the man is a Scot living overseas and while my life reads like a dime store piece of fiction his ramps up into an arena that makes my own ethics in work study and adventure appear like those of a slacker Turns out that A is a water guy A former foreign military operator he told me how he had survived an open water training exercise I had grinned at the account because his solution to being left far at sea with his gear and making it back to land was brilliant His gem handed to me without fanfare was this You know the concept of Stewardship That really does not apply well today Stewardship implies that we watch over and maintain what is already here and that everything is okay and in good shape What we need and what ought to be pursued is Guardianship That is where answers to the issues really lie And he said it in his Scottish accent as we both stood barefoot cooking I have thought about that statement nonstop for a week now For the past several months I have been reading up on a rather pointed example of abused land sea and air and need to write a little piece about it that will matter The problem I am examining has been in existence for a very very long time Many have protested it Controversy has surrounded it Billions upon billions of dollars have been spent on it Nations focus on it And I must write on it The analogy of me being a teensy tiny drop of water falling and being lost in the big pool of data both accurate and false on the subject has not escaped me The question was not so much one of what to say research and observation tell us that It was how to say it A s statement both informed and woke me up Those who are a part of the Ocean tribe have a responsibility to become Guardians We either step up and do so or we become imposters who let terrible things be done to others at the expense of our Ocean and individual Nation s health and well being The world needs informed Blue Voices now more than ever It is up each one of us to determine how the future will play out I learned long ago that the saying In God s Hands is relative to our relationship with Him and that for me spending a life in the Sea leaves me uniquely informed regarding just what the statement means And I see it in the brothers and sisters of my Ocean Ohana Wisdom and Strength and Love The principles of Guardianship I travel to find light like this Imagine gliding through liquid fire Each one of us does this paddles out into the sea of life Home truly is where the heart is Posted in Blog Featured Another

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  • Ocean Ohana: Guardianship
    had immediately taken to each other Like brothers Turns out the man is a Scot living overseas and while my life reads like a dime store piece of fiction his ramps up into an arena that makes my own ethics in work study and adventure appear like those of a slacker Turns out that A is a water guy A former foreign military operator he told me how he had survived an open water training exercise I had grinned at the account because his solution to being left far at sea with his gear and making it back to land was brilliant His gem handed to me without fanfare was this You know the concept of Stewardship That really does not apply well today Stewardship implies that we watch over and maintain what is already here and that everything is okay and in good shape What we need and what ought to be pursued is Guardianship That is where answers to the issues really lie And he said it in his Scottish accent as we both stood barefoot cooking I have thought about that statement nonstop for a week now For the past several months I have been reading up on a rather pointed example of abused land sea and air and need to write a little piece about it that will matter The problem I am examining has been in existence for a very very long time Many have protested it Controversy has surrounded it Billions upon billions of dollars have been spent on it Nations focus on it And I must write on it The analogy of me being a teensy tiny drop of water falling and being lost in the big pool of data both accurate and false on the subject has not escaped me The question was not so much one of what to say research and observation tell us that It was how to say it A s statement both informed and woke me up Those who are a part of the Ocean tribe have a responsibility to become Guardians We either step up and do so or we become imposters who let terrible things be done to others at the expense of our Ocean and individual Nation s health and well being The world needs informed Blue Voices now more than ever It is up each one of us to determine how the future will play out I learned long ago that the saying In God s Hands is relative to our relationship with Him and that for me spending a life in the Sea leaves me uniquely informed regarding just what the statement means And I see it in the brothers and sisters of my Ocean Ohana Wisdom and Strength and Love The principles of Guardianship I travel to find light like this Imagine gliding through liquid fire Each one of us does this paddles out into the sea of life Home truly is where the heart is Posted in Blog Featured Another

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  • Triiibes 2012. What: Is Happiness
    terminus of a very detailed business plan s fulfillment But surfing and the Ocean were always there I was always hungry for my next ocean experience It NEVER stopped that yearning to achieve what I could not have known that one day at 42 years of age I would be paddling out on this board which really was something I made for riding large waves and not for the sort of small to medium size day at Rincon point just North of here that I would run smack into what As a professional surfer I had made my career riding shortboards In the world of professional surfing those are the craft of choice the journeyman s tool so to speak Out of all the boards I built probably 30000 of them were shortboards Maybe 1000 were big wave boards sort of built along the lines of this one I have a crystal clear memory of the moment I ran into what The interesting thing however is that the actual details of my moment of clarity of revelation which were contained in what was to be a defining wave in my life are a little bit blurry There is a reason for that But I am going to let you figure out what it is There is a little bit of cryptic me for you Now Rincon is a rather long wave We call the place Queen of the Coast This day was maybe ceiling high The swell had been pretty big for a few weeks and I had been riding this board a lot The waves were dropping off a bit and I probably normally would have chosen a shortboard to ride which would have been better suited to what I would normally do on a wave For some reason I grabbed the 7 8 gun It was an innocuous wave that I caught Nothing special about it on the surface of things Stroking into it I recall a keen sense of drive inside of me and for a period of what was only probably a minute and a half all those years in the water exhibited themselves in a very complex series of maneuvers on that wave At the end as I accelerated out of it and into the flat water off the back of the wave it hit me I had just surfed a wave not perfectly for my sport peers judge or anyone else but perfectly for me I was not really thinking per se I was doing I had just done it I had discovered my what That what was flow between the energy contained in the sea and me And in that instant I recognized that I was done with my growth in surfing I had finally caught up and run against the answer to my what It was a strange but very rewarding feeling I cannot say it was happiness it was more a sense of mastery a knowing that okay I can DO that at last I get it I did not realize it at the time but that incredibly rewarding moment was the harbinger of great change in my life Because I had located my what My goal Which I had inwardly assumed would be unreachable That is how man is wired We all need to find our what because in that we create motion and movement flow which in a essential linchpin to happiness In this same time frame as that epiphany laden moment my company was at a crossroads of growth going from factory and two stores to my business plan of five locations where which point I had planned to sell the entity off and move into something else I have never really enjoyed being a CEO or a leader I tend to be happiest pushing others along to succeed Just how I am wired I guess In the middle of all of this for a number of reasons I had made the decision to divorce my wife and change few things in my life but was torn on what to do regarding all of the business sprawl which I had created as well as how the impact of all the change would impact everyone in my life We had amassed quite a bit of stuff and along with that came a debt of responsibility to both family employees surfboard craftsmen Community and more I think of my process in discovering what to do about all of this sort of like me spazzing out In many ways I had run into a wall That wave which was such a defining moment in my life really had seeded the need for change What I was experiencing was a cessation of flow in my life I needed to again find my what One thing for sure that I was certain of happiness was far from my cluttered little world One evening a fire started in the hills here It was during a clearing wind event and I was watching from down here by the beach as the wind fanned the blaze and it began to sort of rocket through the town I was a personality on a morning radio show at the time where I did a surf report and a few other things occasionally One of those other things was live reporting on events like large swells and fires etc So I rang in to the station and we began a public service type live report on the fire Since my Ventura retail store was front row center on the fire I drove over hung up my cel telling the on air guy Rick that I would call back from the shop landline in a moment I unlocked the back door of the shop and in the light of the fire coming through the display windows I saw a guy dressed in black wearing a ski mask LOL I still see all of this in slow motion by the way

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  • Triiibes 2012. What: Is Happiness
    of a very detailed business plan s fulfillment But surfing and the Ocean were always there I was always hungry for my next ocean experience It NEVER stopped that yearning to achieve what I could not have known that one day at 42 years of age I would be paddling out on this board which really was something I made for riding large waves and not for the sort of small to medium size day at Rincon point just North of here that I would run smack into what As a professional surfer I had made my career riding shortboards In the world of professional surfing those are the craft of choice the journeyman s tool so to speak Out of all the boards I built probably 30000 of them were shortboards Maybe 1000 were big wave boards sort of built along the lines of this one I have a crystal clear memory of the moment I ran into what The interesting thing however is that the actual details of my moment of clarity of revelation which were contained in what was to be a defining wave in my life are a little bit blurry There is a reason for that But I am going to let you figure out what it is There is a little bit of cryptic me for you Now Rincon is a rather long wave We call the place Queen of the Coast This day was maybe ceiling high The swell had been pretty big for a few weeks and I had been riding this board a lot The waves were dropping off a bit and I probably normally would have chosen a shortboard to ride which would have been better suited to what I would normally do on a wave For some reason I grabbed the 7 8 gun It was an innocuous wave that I caught Nothing special about it on the surface of things Stroking into it I recall a keen sense of drive inside of me and for a period of what was only probably a minute and a half all those years in the water exhibited themselves in a very complex series of maneuvers on that wave At the end as I accelerated out of it and into the flat water off the back of the wave it hit me I had just surfed a wave not perfectly for my sport peers judge or anyone else but perfectly for me I was not really thinking per se I was doing I had just done it I had discovered my what That what was flow between the energy contained in the sea and me And in that instant I recognized that I was done with my growth in surfing I had finally caught up and run against the answer to my what It was a strange but very rewarding feeling I cannot say it was happiness it was more a sense of mastery a knowing that okay I can DO that at last I get it I did not realize it at the time but that incredibly rewarding moment was the harbinger of great change in my life Because I had located my what My goal Which I had inwardly assumed would be unreachable That is how man is wired We all need to find our what because in that we create motion and movement flow which in a essential linchpin to happiness In this same time frame as that epiphany laden moment my company was at a crossroads of growth going from factory and two stores to my business plan of five locations where which point I had planned to sell the entity off and move into something else I have never really enjoyed being a CEO or a leader I tend to be happiest pushing others along to succeed Just how I am wired I guess In the middle of all of this for a number of reasons I had made the decision to divorce my wife and change few things in my life but was torn on what to do regarding all of the business sprawl which I had created as well as how the impact of all the change would impact everyone in my life We had amassed quite a bit of stuff and along with that came a debt of responsibility to both family employees surfboard craftsmen Community and more I think of my process in discovering what to do about all of this sort of like me spazzing out In many ways I had run into a wall That wave which was such a defining moment in my life really had seeded the need for change What I was experiencing was a cessation of flow in my life I needed to again find my what One thing for sure that I was certain of happiness was far from my cluttered little world One evening a fire started in the hills here It was during a clearing wind event and I was watching from down here by the beach as the wind fanned the blaze and it began to sort of rocket through the town I was a personality on a morning radio show at the time where I did a surf report and a few other things occasionally One of those other things was live reporting on events like large swells and fires etc So I rang in to the station and we began a public service type live report on the fire Since my Ventura retail store was front row center on the fire I drove over hung up my cel telling the on air guy Rick that I would call back from the shop landline in a moment I unlocked the back door of the shop and in the light of the fire coming through the display windows I saw a guy dressed in black wearing a ski mask LOL I still see all of this in slow motion by the way Today

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