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I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons | Film | The Guardian

Ida. Cinematographer Lukasz Zal.

Ida. Cinematographer Lukasz Zal.

I’ve tagged this compelling post under the title of Cinematography, which is, admittedly, stretching the remit of my blog a bit, but an article from today’s British Guardian merits attention. Although two of the films mentioned – “Ida” and “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” – are beyond sublime cinematographically and deserve more than a mere footnote, the real reason I’ve reposted is to share the central premise of the article: Movies matter. We live in an age where most of our cultural gatekeepers have been demoted by a digital democracy championing an understanding that everything is now commodity: A sense that it doesn’t matter what you make so long as it satisfies a market need or want. This is unfortunate. The best movies, like the best art, usually come out of left field – uninvited and unexpected. The market is like a two-way mirror. The market is never surprised. It only observes. It consumes – never creates. Great movies, on the other hand, are always mirrors of who we are inside. The movies mentioned in the article are great movies. Worth a read. Link to article:  I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons | Film | The Guardian.

Winter © Sean Hayes

Randoms: Monet Pixel Painting © Sean Hayes

Monet Pixel Painting

Monet Pixel Painting © Sean Hayes

As we head into the monochrome bleakness of the winter months – a timely reminder of what awaits us on the other side. Hope you like the image – and should you like one of the images enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at shonski50@me.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit

Painting with pixels © Sean Hayes (2012)

I would love to paint. Technically, I have the ability – but lack of time coupled with plenty of procrastination seem to hamper my efforts to put pigment to paper or canvas. That was until I discovered the next best thing to pigment – pixels. Less messy, but just as creative, photo apps for smartphones are a minor miracle in their sophistication and ease of use. And price. For the price of a coffee, photo apps can give you all the power and functionality of any professional image editing tool. I’ve lost count of how many photo apps I’ve downloaded over the years and have enjoyed experimenting with different tones, hues and textures. The images posted here are the results of that experimentation. Hope you like them – and should you like one of them enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at shonski50@me.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.

Painting with pixels

Winter Walks 1 ©Sean Hayes (2012)

Painting with pixels

Winter Walks 2 ©Sean Hayes (2012)

Painting with pixels

Winter Walks 3 ©Sean Hayes (2012)

Painting with pixels

Winter Walks 4 ©Sean Hayes (2012)

Painting with pixels

Winter Walks 5 ©Sean Hayes (2012)