Title: Island of Hoarafushi
Still on the subject of The Birds, I think what I cherish the most about the STILL-ness quality of a colour photograph is this;
In the non-linear narrative quality of a photo-graph, we are given the space/time to open our minds and relax into the unhurried narrative. We are given permission by the creator to engage with his or her vision at a speed we decide for ourselves. Unlike film/motion, which dictates we follow the ‘story’ set by the director!
We can engage with a photograph and study the dynamics of shape, form, pattern, and ask…
Title: Alice in Wonderland. Hotel Lisboa. 2–4 Av. de Lisboa, Macau
Puntopia is a wonderland of wealth shifting characters. While their physical shape remains the same, their level of affluence rises and falls. They have perceptions of getting more, when more often, they end up with less. Their spin through revolving glass doors, whether they are aware of it or not, is an analogy for the looking glass self.
Looking-glass individuals base their sense of self on how they believe others view them. It’s a case of Humpty Dumpty syndrome that propels the narrative on. …
Title: Red, White & Blue. R. de Fat San, Macau.
There’s a lot of red around Puntopia. Red lights. Red Flags. Red cognac flushed faces. Not much white. Things of that hue tend to turn yellow or a dull orange after exposure to the smoke and mildew that is prevalent around sub-tropical Puntopia. Blue is uncommon too, for the skies on most days are a dirty grey.
Gobbledygook is the term some apply to the nonsensical language that greets the ear around here. But then those who speak it, don’t give a damn about those that can’t understand it.
Title: Up, down, left or right. Countdown Hotel. Crown Towers Estr. do Istmo, Taipa. Macau.
Life is a game of choices. Good decisions. Bad decisions. Decisions that can make or break us. Take us up, or down. Or horizontally. Sometimes we need to take a left turn in order to get to that place where a right turn is the right turn.
But for those who end up in Puntopia, choices are made for them. For very quickly they are asked to sign up for the Puntopia loyalty program. A decision most punters readily accept. Because they are the…
Title: La Creche. The Parisian. Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau.
Kids around Puntopia are usually left to their own devices. Mum and Dad are way too busy. Hand them a smart phone, and let the juveniles amuse themselves. For boys and girls should be seen but not interfere. Mum and Dad have important things to do. Punting requires focus. Their utmost attention, so the little ones, they have to be distracted. Encouraged to forget their parents even exist for 12 hours or more. …
Title: The Vestibule. Hotel Lisboa. 2–4 Av. de Lisboa, Macau.
The ever faithful, the punters, the gambling fanatics of an almost religious order, are forthcoming day and night. These loyal pilgrims come to revel within the vestibules of Puntopia, this outlandish mecca of depravity. All the while they take credence from King David and the book of Psalms.
115: 4 ‘Their idols are silver and gold, made by hands of men’.
Now, within the anterooms, chambers, atriums, corridors and inner sanctums of Puntopia, those in need, cry, ‘O Brother, O Brother where art thou’? But, their calls go unheeded…
Title: Champagne Supernova in the Sky. Av. do Infante Dom Henrique. Macau.
A supernova is a powerful and luminous stellar explosion. This transient, astronomical event, occurs during the last evolutionary stages of a massive star. The original object, called a ‘progenitor’, either collapses into a neutron star or is completely destroyed.
A nova is a bright star. A supernova is a very bright star. The ‘bosses’ of Puntopia, view their patrons as progenitors and classify them as stars. …
Title: Shooting into the Light. Av. do Infante Dom Henrique. Macau.
The theory is that moths as primarily nocturnal insects, have evolved to travel by the light of the moon and the stars. A phenomenon knows as transverse orientation. An easy way to think about about transverse orientation is to imagine a sailor traveling in the direction of the north star. Moths similarly follow the light source at a precise position and angle to their bodies, this is how moths have navigate for millions of years. By the light of the moon.
Moth evolution couldn’t however account for the proliferation…
Title: For Faux Sakes. MGM Cotai Av. da Nave Desportiva, Macau
Here in Puntopia it’s faux trees, flowers, birds, animals and reptiles for faux sakes. The people here demand it because they are rather faux themselves. They fawn wealth and sophistication and come here to wander from one gambling hall to another and shop in Puntopia’s hermetically sealed biospheres of plastic, concrete, polished marbelite and imitation wood.
The faux creatures on display here, serve to remind them there is some semblance of a natural world out there, beyond the perspex windows, that supplies the scales, feather and fur for…
Title: The Wicked Witches of The East. Morpheus City of Dreams, Estr. do Istmo, Taipa. Macau.
The wicked witches of the East. The malevolent rulers of Puntopia. Those who tyrannize their menfolk. Menfolk, been their husbands, boyfriends or fuck buddies! It doesn’t really matter to them who they are. For the sisters, it’s all about getting to Puntopia to spend, buy, eat and spend more. The men are merely the conduit. The channel. The means to an end. …