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MALL ART

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THE MALL
The Mall,  Tall on my mind.
I want to spend, But in the end.
The same Mall, Blanks down the hall.
The same, In the City of Same.
The Mall, Not tall on my mind.
Home alone again. The Mall, tall on my mind.
young ‘19



MALL ART

MALL WALKING

THE END OF A DESERT ROAD

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THE END OF A DESESRT ROAD
You can never deny the lure of a desert road. They beckon you with far off horizons. If you pass them by, they will haunt your soul. If you take them, they free it. Taking your mind and senses to places within you did not know. 
Some go for ever, joining other desert roads. Some simply disappear first from hardened road to gravel to dirt to the desert floor. Often there you will find a dream left by someone, tended only now by the desert at the end of the road….
David Young  

MAC's

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Grays Harbor, WA




ME COOL (A Fast Food Tale)

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ME COOL (A Fast Food Tale)
See the Big M, Blue Shirt, MANAGER!
Me cool, You a fool.
Being Late Puts us off our gaite.
Me cool, You a fool.
So, tell me why, Don’t just sit there and cry.
“I’m not a fool. Just trying. Two jobs, two kids, no sleep. I didn’t mean to break the rule.”
Well, OK, this time. But, don’t let it rhyme.
Me cool not cruel. Maybe you not a fool.
Hey, take another minute. Let me tell you my story. And all its glory.
How I became, Me cool…
young ‘18

JONESVILLE JAM

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“Jonesville Jam” - Jonesville SC

TOP OF THE TUNNEL BAR

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Top of The Tunnel Bar, 601 Bush St. San Francisco, sits on top of the Stockton Tunnel. The Tunnel takes cars from Nob Hill, near China Town, under Bush St. to Union Square. The bar has been long favored as an after work watering hole that attracts both locals and visitors....

David Young

ALWAYS

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MONDAY

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I always cleaned my desk off on Friday. Hoping they would say I did a good job.
I guess they did, because on Monday they  Always brought new files and folders. All filled with problems no one wanted.
I had been with the company so long.  I no longer remembered all the changes. Just how to solve the problems, That happened every day.
It became my portfolio.  The cases no one wanted. Others who sought only easy ones, Always quickly gone with the downturns.
I still had my work though. My chair, my desk and dignity. When there was a problem, They still knew my name.
David Young

NUMBERS

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“I disliked numbers, and they did not think much of me either…” R. J. Anderson, Ultraviolet
Numbers define us, guide us and defy us. They are unfeeling and always there. They don’t lie.
They can surround you with rational and irrational ones. There are the trio of complex, prime and natural ones. Integers, even, odd. Computable and non standard ones. All vying for your attention.
They conspire to make our story. Only to file it away with the others. Numbers lead you to places, but also let others find you. 
Some say they have cultural and mystical powers. Numerologists dwell on the purity of One (the potential of new beginnings), the searching of Seven (a spiritual awaking) and the satisfaction of Nine (the world will want to share the wisdom of your journey).  If you want love roll a Six or money an Eight. But roll a Zero and your out, left to dwell on if it’s a number at all.
Numbers are only important because we let them be. They seem connected to everything we do. Time, eating, money, …

TO BLOG OR NOT

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Websites are key to success. They reinforce the presence of your business and build customer confidence. However, websites are just static creatures. On their own they can’t sing and dance to attract new clicks and customers.
That’s the role of social media marketing. A blog is one tool to do this. It’s easy to be tempted to establish one. You have special knowledge and product insights you want to share. You want to stay in touch and build your client base.
Great examples of this abound such as Eric Kim Photography. His blog over time has turned into his website. With the help of his blog, he has become not only a photographer but also a sought-after product reviewer, street philosopher, seller of camera accessories and giver of seminars around the world. A very profitable enterprise.
Blogs have the advantage of being easy to launch and update. They are great “calls for action” platforms and can be shared on other social media sights such as FlipBoard, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter…

BIRD

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I dreamed of a bird That flew to me. What could it mean?
My days were a mess, A world without Things that made sense. But there was this quiet bird.
I dreamed again of the bird That flew to me And learned it was enough To just be…

dty                       '17

MEAN WIDTH RATIO

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MEAN WIDTH RATIO
It used to be so easy. You went with your raw courage of conviction to calculate the right path. The winning game. 
Learning more about life, you got more counsel on things from both sides of an issue. Lucky you were if you could see the middle ground of each and combine them for a solution. Aristotle understood this wisdom calling it the Golden Ratio, also known as the Mean Ratio. 
Through the ages the concept has been applied to large systems and unique situations in architecture, nature, business and art to find a way forward.
Today, the sides are so much farther apart on the important questions of our times. The world far more complex, the calculation of solutions so much harder. 
Still there is the art and beauty of trying to find solutions and the satisfaction of the wisdom learned along the way…
David Young

RISKS OF THE SHARING ECONOMY

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“Any work is more honorable than idleness. I continue to dig with the hope of something better.”    Chong Sung, displaced Chinese businessman
Despite the soaring business success of the new Sharing Economy (SE), there are inherent risks for the participants, business and society. There is also the question of what the SE is really reflective of.
The SE has its roots in the Great Recession of 2008 when many workers were forced out of traditional jobs. Today nearly 40% of workers are Self-employed, temporary or freelancers.
Long before the term SE came into existence, the principles of this economic model were practiced among the low income. They survive through skills that might be called “improvised self-sufficiency” or better known as the underground economy. Here people share housing, food, clothing, use government programs, barter, borrow money from peers, share transportation and services from non-traditional venders. They also often had their own way of dealing with injustices. A…

THE PROBLEM WITH MANNEQUINNS

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“Mannequin: A dummy used to display clothes in a store window. An artists, tailors or dressmaker’s lay figure. A form representing the human figure used especially for displaying clothes or fashion.” - Webster’s Dictionary
There is a certain art to mannequins, especially where you sometimes find them. Some people have problems with mannequins and find it easy to feel uneasy around them. There seems to be many reasons for this.
Part may be due to horror movies such as “The Mannequin” that always seem to bring mannequins to life. Or “Abe” where a mannequin becomes a robot who seeks meaning and love with horrible results. 
People find them creepy for other reasons. The discomfort of seeing a human face that is not human. Phycologists call this syndrome the “Uncanny Valley.” Something that looks almost but not quite right, it sets off our thinking to the feeling it’s wrong, eerie or even revulsive. When it looks human but is not, we distrust it. This syndrome is deeply rooted in us. Some …

ALLEY MOVIE GHOSTS

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There were movies made here. Big movies with Stars and all that. They came to town, a caravan of people, props, cameras and crews. Taking over the limelight and commerce. Locals worship at the altar of near fame and stardom. Some played extras or carried cameras.
Gala openings were held. Programs handed out. People dressed and showed their best. Sometimes catching a glimpse of themselves on silver film. 
All gone now, only stage sets and empty storefronts remain. The movie theater now closed. The box office empty. 
Still they wait in the alley, ghosts of those opening nights huddled near theater and backstage doors. Hoping someday the Stars and fame will return…
David Young

A THEORY OF THINGS

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"A Theory of Things"- young '19 Acrylic on Canvas with Prisma Effect

GOLDEN SILK FLOWERS LOT

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"Golden Silk Flowers Lot"            young '19

Sometimes you can pass a building or scene a hundred times, always sensing there is something there to photograph. Never sure what it is, you finally stop with camera in hand. Wandering back and forth looking for that something maybe seen maybe not. Sometimes it ends up being the least thing you thought about, in the case of the Golden Silk Flowers building, it was the the markings on the empty lot next to the building. The camera eye always sees more...

CITY OF SAME

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CITY OF SAME
Cities are magnificent to behold. They glitter at night and inspire with giant modern buildings. When you get closer though, many lack the uniqueness we seek. Close up, your experiences in one are much the same as another. Over 12% of the storefronts in cities are unoccupied. In New York City alone, there are 1,332 empty store fronts near Broadway. Dead space hurts not only the city but our enjoyment of life.
Gone are many independent businesses. The record shop, the collectible store, a locally owned fashion boutique, a bookstore, the art supply store. NYC, for example, is losing over 2,000 locally owned storefronts a year. In their place comes national brands such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, CVS, ATT and BestBuy. Even worse, nothing replaces the former local stores leaving empty storefronts. It all contributes to creating a city of same. Places that no longer hold the appeal and uniqueness we seek.
There are reasons for all this. The most often cited one is that the subu…

SIDETRACKED

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“Even when you are sidetracked, remember the track is still there…” – Oregon Taylor Fields
It happens more often now than before. Industry and business sometimes moves on. You find yourself sidetracked for a time. Still capable of carrying the load and doing the job, but no one needs you. In that time away, try to find new strength. Idle times never last. The train of business and fortune will return. You will find a future again. Down the tracks and over the bridge.

ROSEMARY STREET DOORS

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SURVIVING BUSINESS STORMS

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Everyone was young and full of themselves, except for one.  We were at one of those management training seminars. You know the one, they play an old world War II black and white movie. One that highlighted good and bad management. The instructors watched you all the time, at class, at the required social gatherings and interacting with others. All in the vain of choosing the next best managers. 
One of us was an older guy named Stan. His gray hair and wrinkles denoted long years with the company. He took copious notes during the seminar but never said anything. We all wondered why he was part of the group. We called him the “note taker.” 
We were all set free the last night to have dinner out on the town. The restaurant was loud with business types from all walks of endeavors. We sat at a large table in the bar, enjoying the meal. The sound of business chatter and drink orders swirled about. We all talked about our offices in the far-flung cities we came from and our perceived future…

OLD FRIENDS

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It happens too often. Urban planners tear down older sections of the city to make room for the new. Old friends like record shops, small cafes, bookstores, priceless historic buildings, the patina of life and low-cost places to live are all swept away.
In their place they build an iconic building or center. Planners hope it will be a beacon for new development. It all takes time though and sometimes never happens. So, these bulldozed new areas of the city languish, sometimes just turned into parking lots. 
There are lessons of life an urban planner should consider. When old friends are cast aside, they are lost forever. It takes a long time to find new friends and even longer to get to know them like your old friends.
David Young

THREE DAYS IN THE BURBS

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Day One
Day Two
Day Three

SOUTH STATION

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SOUTH STATION
Day trains bringing in streams With hopes and dreams.
Through South Station. A coffee, paper, and roll On their way to a work station.
They disappear into the city, As day winds on.
The day trains sit. Knowing they will be back. With life’s reality and strife.
Wanting to go home, Some to those who still love Luckier than most.
The day trains there, Waiting the endings of the day, At South Station.
dty ‘19


#Boston #Trains #South Station

ROADSIDE MELODY

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"Roadside Melody" - Tradesville SC
Love can overcome all the faults in life to become a thing of beauty.

THE PASSING OF THE CAMERA

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“The Camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange
I have too many cameras. Even the store where I buy cameras has told me that. Still, I treasure each of them. The way they look. The special photography purpose that makes each camera unique. The art of learning how to use them. The places in mind and spirit that they take me.
Many though are predicting the demise of these traditional cameras. Headlines like these 
-“SMARTPHONES COULD HALVE CAMERA MARKET IN TWO YEARS” - “CANON CAMERAS CAN’T COMPETE WITH SMARTPHONE SNAPPERS”
Smartphone cameras have changed the photography industry. The operation is simple. The post production (iPhoto, Prisma, Clips, Google Photos, etc.) ingenious. The results often unexpectedly impressive. Ones that can be shared instantly.
Despite all this, it’s my hope that the traditional camera is not on the way out. There are reasons beyond photo quality that I feel this way.
The camera is a true creative instrument. The …