Tseng Kwong Chi

August 30th, 2008

Tseng Kwong Chikwongchi
The bad weather is keeping us home today instead of camping at the Grand Canyon.
Meanwhile you may follow the late Tseng Kwong Chi as he went around the world.

Of course there is plenty of humor and irony in these photographs but seeing them in this context they also begin to take on an somber air of loneliness and sadness.

Tseng was an improbable pilgrim

In 1979, Joseph Tseng changed his name to Tseng Kwong Chi and embarked on a decade-long project called East Meets West (also referred to as “The Expeditionary Series”). With the camera’s shutter release in hand, he posed for approximately 150 images as a self-described “ambiguous ambassador” from the East, wearing the vintage Mao uniform he purchased from a second-hand store in Montreal, Velvet-Underground style sunglasses, and a visitor identification badge.

Cello in the Desert

December 8th, 2006

One more clip, here.

Christopher Strone plays bass, cello, piano , mandolin and percussion.

Henry Purcell – Indian Queen

October 18th, 2006

We tubed with the help of Henry Purcells Indian Queen.

I fly from the place where flattery reigns.
I hate to see fond tongues advance
High as the Gods the slaves of chance.
What flattering noise is this,
At which my snakes all hiss?

Begone, curst fiends of Hell,
Sink down, where noisome vapours dwell,
While I her triumph sound,
To fill the universe around.

The libretto for Indian Queen, semi-opera by John Dryden and Sir Robert Howard and music by Henry Purcell.

Films with Purcell’s soundtrack.

  • Antique plate click to see large
    The antique willow design plate from our video was made in England (Ashworth & Bros, Hanley, Staffordshire). Found at a garage sale for $1.00. Internet research valued the plate for $100.00.

  • Border Patrol

    September 24th, 2006

    Guard DogBorder Patrol digital image by Fung-Lin Hall
    Weekend at the park, many suspicious cars are parked outside the gate.

    Owl and the pussy dogs or two chihuahua patrol.
    Owl and Pussy dogs Digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Who are questioning the wisdom of dogmacracy?
    (Daisy the brown and white cowchihuahua is a Mexican and possibly illegal. She will defend this adopted land with great determination.)