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"We now return you.."

“…to our program already in progress:”

Shadow Man I was saying, it’s been a busy year. The most interesting part, though, was the . . . “interesting” part: the revelation of an off-the-grid distant relative from Mississippi, one R. A. Smith, who also happens to be an artist. This connection has led to an ongoing, very stimulating, and challenging mixed media collaboration. It has transported me to a variety creative zones -- some of them new, some of which have only been dormant. Communicating as we do via old-school processes might seem to slow things down yet with many concurrent pieces in the pipeline there’s actually an exciting amount of productivity going on. One of the early efforts is shown above.

Here’s a couple of things I’d like to pass along:

Probably the most influential cultural experience I so far in 2018 was a deep re-entry into the world of David Lynch this year. At some point in the winter I binged on TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN. I’ve always been a fan but this collection exploded my thinking -- it has a very slow start (like 3 episodes worth) but it’s worth the wait. Several episodes feature some of the most incredibly original, cinematic expressions of the surreal I’ve ever witnessed. Naturally, this led me back to rewatch all of the original TWIN PEAKS tv series (and finally finish the second season which wasn’t as bad as recalled) as well as FIRE WALK WITH ME which has aged like a fine wine with layers previously unnoticed. Tumbling further down the rabbit hole I rewatched MULHOLLAND DRIVE (truly brilliant) as well as the incredibly visceral mobius strip that is LOST HIGHWAY. All of these are highly recommended. If I get started on BLUE VELVET or I’ll be here for days.

For all you artists out there, Lynch is also the subject of a documentary THE ART LIFE. If you’re someone like me who wonders why it can’t “just happen”, well, take heed: there are some good lessons here.

Speaking of the artists in documentaries: AMERICAN MASTERS has four new ones on Eva Hesse, Elizabeth Murray, Andrew Wyeth and the guy who gets my vote for one of the great geniuses of art in the 20th Centure, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Which circles me around to last September’s BDay when on a trip to LA and the Broad Museum I had my first real face-to-face encounter with the work of Basquiat. I checked to make sure there hadn’t been an earthquake or tremor because the ground shook under my feet. I’ve been gulping down all of the info I could get on him ever since. It’s taken this long because, probably like many, during his lifetime I was buried under the onslaught of absolutely racist BS that substituted for art criticism of him and his work during his lifetime. In truth, the man was an incredibly knowledgeable and deliberate artist of great depths and complexity whose output in such a short span continues to astonish. The only disappointment is that we’ll never know what he might have done in later years.

‘til next time, you can find me in the Black Lodge.


Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.