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  • No Substitute
    for all the things in the world which may seem real and vital but are in fact mere facades Gabe is an A list model and budding actor He and I had been sort of chomping at the bit to work together Josh s project was first bite Josh Slavin Performer Songwriter Josh absolutely rocked his performance Though his real name is Joshua Pu u his performance name and alter ego is Josh Slavin He literally becomes another person while performing If I was there as his Father I would have been shocked But as his Director Co Producer and collaborator I was pretty stoked at what I saw Dafoe was amazing as always Donna Von Hoesslin styled did wardrobe and mixed our toxic cocktails Analogous props Robert Catalusci was his normal nine ball mix of happy creativity and passion as Art Director We really had a great crew Who you work with defines the quality of your life So by 2 30 am as we wrapped all of us though tired were really looking forward to seeing the final video and were still in high spirits Though Josh is my son I would never do a project and ask those busy and talented colleagues of mine to help for that reason I did it because I believed in his vision He met the bar for being a subject In the course of the night I actually realized that by the end of the video I would need to apply myself a bit to match HIS bar I like that We shot it on the Canon 5D Mark 2 and GoPro HD systems Which once again proved themselves as the future of creative film making No Substitute Imitate limit ate Settle for less Substitute infiltrate I m not impressed Now

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  • Hawaiianism
    I can reflect on another important question Why was I surprised by the association of the word idealistic with my grandfather To me and a dictionary an idealistic man forms his ideals and lives his life accordingly or he is a man who tends to see things as they should be not as they really are Either way an idealistic man pursues something that exists only in his mind something imaginary something lacking practicality Does this describe my grandfather To me he is a practical man who loved his family God his native islands and the Good Ol US of A And there is nothing unusual or imaginary or out of touch with reality in this list of Grandpa s main attributes In all fairness my grandfather s life needs context as well as dictionary meaning A native Hawaiian he was four years old when American annexationists intent on protecting their business interests in the Kingdom of Hawaii overthrew the monarchy to establish their own provisional government and ultimately annexation to the United States of America Grandpa was too young at the time to know that Queen Lili uokalani surrendered her sovereignty to the United States not the revolutionaries believing that American justice would eventually restore her throne In her mind once the real facts were known in Washington D C the United States government would align with her position and restore her power Her surrender of sovereignty was tactical made under protest and intended to save both her kingdom and the lives of her people The Queen knew she couldn t out gun the Americans with military presence in her harbor but she believed in American ideals and in American and international law She knew she could prove that the majority of native Hawaiians didn t want to be annexed by the United States and the consent of her people was prerequisite to annexation She was right The Blount Commission said she was right and recommended restoration of her sovereignty President Cleveland said she was right and recommended restoration of her sovereignty The Provisional Government in Honolulu however refused to honor either recommendation The U S Congress backed the annexationists the Spanish American War made Hawaii s strategic military location in the Pacific Ocean far too attractive for laws or ideals to stand in the way of American expansion Hawaii became a Republic then a U S Territory President Grover Cleveland s message to Congress delivered on December 18 1893 made it clear that he was ashamed of the whole affair Queen Liliuokalani never stopped believing that sovereignty illegally seized from her and her people would eventually be restored They were idealists Nonetheless my native Hawaiian grandfather was a proud American He was also talented and adventurous traveling as a Hawaiian entertainer in Asia and continental United States during the early decades of the twentieth century He married a Kansan in Kansas and raised his family in Hawaii He sent his three oldest sons to fight for their country

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  • Surfing Is
    regarding surfing Those statements reveal everything about those people s depth of involvement with the ocean The commentary engaged me I have always been a surfer At four years of age I knew that goal was what my life would be about To know the ocean and to surf became my path In a lifetime of study and involvement in all things water and ocean related I learned many things about the ocean that never cease to amaze and moderate me as a human being Waterwoman Hailey Partridge Water has got to be the single greatest creative foil for mankind ever It always wins You cannot compress it It is alive Within it and especially the sea is contained the genetic signature of all life which ever existed But what I find remarkable is that as a Hawaiian my ancestors gifted the sport and the resulting culture that arose for reasons many may not readily comprehend I have long been convinced that surfing and the resulting relationship with the ocean serves to be a mirror of who and what a person is In it is a near perfect reflection of everybody s true compass heading for their lives As I document and observe the people involved with the ocean to me the depth of every single human being is readily apparent by seeing how they relate to water In a world of people aspiring to be called surfers surfriders eco warriors watermen and all manner of ocean branded things it is readily apparent what surfing is to those people You can always tell who really comprehends the ocean and whether that person is there to simply use it to brand their movement or maybe just find a means of validating themselves Hard to fake it with something so vital and

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  • Surfing Is
    regarding surfing Those statements reveal everything about those people s depth of involvement with the ocean The commentary engaged me I have always been a surfer At four years of age I knew that goal was what my life would be about To know the ocean and to surf became my path In a lifetime of study and involvement in all things water and ocean related I learned many things about the ocean that never cease to amaze and moderate me as a human being Waterwoman Hailey Partridge Water has got to be the single greatest creative foil for mankind ever It always wins You cannot compress it It is alive Within it and especially the sea is contained the genetic signature of all life which ever existed But what I find remarkable is that as a Hawaiian my ancestors gifted the sport and the resulting culture that arose for reasons many may not readily comprehend I have long been convinced that surfing and the resulting relationship with the ocean serves to be a mirror of who and what a person is In it is a near perfect reflection of everybody s true compass heading for their lives As I document and observe the people involved with the ocean to me the depth of every single human being is readily apparent by seeing how they relate to water In a world of people aspiring to be called surfers surfriders eco warriors watermen and all manner of ocean branded things it is readily apparent what surfing is to those people You can always tell who really comprehends the ocean and whether that person is there to simply use it to brand their movement or maybe just find a means of validating themselves Hard to fake it with something so vital and

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  • Fear Anger Hope
    as well as angry That is a righteous response But Below are two links They will make you sad they will cause you to fear you will get angry feel sorrow and at the end of it all a small light will begin to flicker inside Grab that The other stuff it just needs to be experienced for you to find that little glimmer We need informed hope Story One A beautifully done grand perspective on our struggle to exist Story Two is a piece that I shot while working under Cinematographer Greg Huglin Edited by my friend and colleague Rob Dafoe I WANT you to ponder the Gulf Sea Consider also that this was shot in the waters that I grew up in off of Santa Barbara and the Gaviota Coast These pods have existed there for ages In 1969 I lived in Goleta I saw the affects of the well head blowout that affected my beach and gave rise to the modern day environmental movement I swam sailed dove fished and surfed in an oil soaked ocean much as the Chumash who inhabited my home generations before had done But I am convinced what I experienced was far worse in terms of oil contact It went on for decades Think about that The tale of the 1969 Union platform blowout is here A couple weeks ago I was up working on the Gaviota Coast Beaches once soaked in oil were now clean For the first time in my 50 year long life and possibly ever they were pristine in appearance I suspect that the Environmental movement had nothing to do with this nor did the EPA The steady pumping of the reserve simply lowered the pressure and both the issues from the old wellhead blowout and natural seeps slowed to their lowest point I shot a few images to illustrate Man s relationship with the coastline that has been my home When I get angry part of my process is to create something positive Jeanette Ortiz who is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and connected human beings that I know collaborated with me Donna Von Hoesslin helped style the work The four images in this post are part of a 24 image collection we created as an homage to the Gaviota Coastline Organic Relationship Now ponder this We have drilled a hole into the past and unleashed a geologically based poison into the Gulf waters All of what we know and have done in the past may now be ineffective We could be wrong about everything Our Govt agencies are wrong our environmental groups are wrong we were wrong Wrong about what Our choice to disconnect our culture from God and subvert our role in creation We placed commerce and money in the position of being our God We cut ourselves off from Wisdom and Truth Wrong choice Timeframe Reconnect It is where the hope lies Here is a beautiful invitation to do that Better Here is

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  • Fear Anger Hope
    as well as angry That is a righteous response But Below are two links They will make you sad they will cause you to fear you will get angry feel sorrow and at the end of it all a small light will begin to flicker inside Grab that The other stuff it just needs to be experienced for you to find that little glimmer We need informed hope Story One A beautifully done grand perspective on our struggle to exist Story Two is a piece that I shot while working under Cinematographer Greg Huglin Edited by my friend and colleague Rob Dafoe I WANT you to ponder the Gulf Sea Consider also that this was shot in the waters that I grew up in off of Santa Barbara and the Gaviota Coast These pods have existed there for ages In 1969 I lived in Goleta I saw the affects of the well head blowout that affected my beach and gave rise to the modern day environmental movement I swam sailed dove fished and surfed in an oil soaked ocean much as the Chumash who inhabited my home generations before had done But I am convinced what I experienced was far worse in terms of oil contact It went on for decades Think about that The tale of the 1969 Union platform blowout is here A couple weeks ago I was up working on the Gaviota Coast Beaches once soaked in oil were now clean For the first time in my 50 year long life and possibly ever they were pristine in appearance I suspect that the Environmental movement had nothing to do with this nor did the EPA The steady pumping of the reserve simply lowered the pressure and both the issues from the old wellhead blowout and natural seeps slowed to their lowest point I shot a few images to illustrate Man s relationship with the coastline that has been my home When I get angry part of my process is to create something positive Jeanette Ortiz who is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and connected human beings that I know collaborated with me Donna Von Hoesslin helped style the work The four images in this post are part of a 24 image collection we created as an homage to the Gaviota Coastline Organic Relationship Now ponder this We have drilled a hole into the past and unleashed a geologically based poison into the Gulf waters All of what we know and have done in the past may now be ineffective We could be wrong about everything Our Govt agencies are wrong our environmental groups are wrong we were wrong Wrong about what Our choice to disconnect our culture from God and subvert our role in creation We placed commerce and money in the position of being our God We cut ourselves off from Wisdom and Truth Wrong choice Timeframe Reconnect It is where the hope lies Here is a beautiful invitation to do that Better Here is

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  • Elements: Blood to Bone
    cultural intelligence David Pu u david pu u photography Donna Von Hoesslin ed brenegar environmental imagery environmentalism globalism Hailey Partridge Hans Rathje Jeanette Ortiz K38 Rescue Mary Osborne nature ocean ocean art Partridge twins Santa Barbara Seth Godin Shawn 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 Elements Blood to Bone Posted on May 24 2010 by David Pu u 0 Comments Air to Water Water and air Air and water Blood to bone Flesh of one s own The uninitiate fascinate over the sea and the creatures in it But for a surfer the relationship is one of kindred spirit Oh yes that is insert marvelously made marine entity referred to casually by those in the water tribe in similar manner to someone whose house you wake up in each day HERE Blood to Water Dolphins live a life immersed Yet linked to air they have little issue being up and around in it I see them fly a lot No doubt exists in spite of a lack of verbal discussion between us on that very obvious point of connection As surfers

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  • The Island
    pulse into the core of a weather colored form which peered off through the broad expanse of blue forever Green eyes rapt with sapphire horizon reflected in mid morning light calmly observing Mind wandering as creation s flow traveled from sail to wire to body and down through brown feet astride the rough texture of a cream colored deck Wind and Water The singing of the rigging rose in timbre as the breeze freshened The sails tugged more insistently going some place On a downwind run the little boat leapt forward and the tang of salt carried on the breeze imparted a hunger for eggs with pepper something the sailor had not tasted in awhile Man and boat sought an island which lay amongst the great strand of viridescent gems that comprise the Maldivian chain which lie to the South East of India astride both Laccadive and Indian oceans Memories convey persistent motivation and it had taken some doing to reach this stretch of water far removed from the busy world of commerce and hubbub whose raucous cries the green eyed man never seemed to miss Laccadivian Vision In deeds past and promises future lay inspiration hope and somewhere a particular island where Creator touched and Creation responded in purest form with something unique in all the world He knew she waited and could feel fate in that morning wind alongside something else scarcely perceptible Tandem Posted in Blog Mother s Day Motivation Song 16 Responses to The Island Bob Groom says May 10 2010 at 10 40 am Gorgeous David Reminds me a little of seeing Tavarua the first time great story I am on the deck with you Reply admin says May 10 2010 at 4 21 pm I am so glad to have you aboard Bob May your Monday reflect it Thank you Reply Shawn Alladio says May 10 2010 at 3 40 pm ah simply lovely no words thanks great definitions of your feelings nice Reply admin says May 10 2010 at 4 17 pm I want you on that boat Shawn With your drawing implements Fins a sling Reply robb says May 10 2010 at 4 01 pm I see a painting or two especially the last one love and aloha Reply admin says May 10 2010 at 4 15 pm Your work inspires my own Robb We will be on that boat one day Reply Korina Kempf says May 10 2010 at 4 23 pm I need to see the equator I m overdue and it s aching my bones I need a sun burn some salt on my skin the horizon blinding my eyes and a breeze to know where where I feel like I am somewhere God help my weary soul My favorite line where Creator touched and Creation responded in purest form with something unique in all the world Love it Reply admin says May 10 2010 at 5 17 pm I know that you do Korina I thought of you

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