Thursday, January 8, 2015

51st Anniversary War on Poverty

GDG III Photo: Homeless with Dog & Sunglasses

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Homeless with Dog & Sunglasses

Mutt of Shame

The Great Depression of the 21st Century will be remembered most by its dogged contrasts.  It's irony.  It's revelations of modern inhumanity in the U.S.A.

In Tampa, Florida, those who need money are forced to wear orange suits while soliciting in traffic.  In nearby Polk County, incarcerated prisoners wear blue outfits while working in traffic.  (Photo of the blues coming soon.)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dark Horse

Acrylic on Paper
Like so many sky-watchers, George gets some of his inspiration from cloud formations.  This one represents a dark cloud that looked like a mighty horse, huge, and moving through the sky like it knew where it was going.

Find this image on Fine Art America's page featuring sky paintings.

Originally Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013.   To find other images of abstract landscape art, find us on Fine Art America.

Lillies of the Creek

Acrylics on Wood
On looking down at reeds along the creek
I silenced in myself a ravenous desire
To straighten out the row and lovely seek,
To form a symmetry of beauty like a choir.
Its vision blessed in me a kind of fire.

Up-earthly did I look into the skies
To see waves of blue above the mired reed,
Bent outward like majestic flying kites.
I then leaned forward and with my might,
I caught a slash of heaven’s aura.
As reeds looked like they could take flight,
I breathed in all of nature’s flora,
And exhaled art to show the need
To save all of nature’s blooms of reed.

Originally Published: Monday, November 4, 2013.

To find other images of abstract landscape art, find us on Fine Art America.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Orange, Black & Red and Green

During Fall and Winter, colors are important.  Winter lends to reds and greens while September yields to orange and black, the most significant colors of the season. Orange is associated with Autumn fun and the plenitude of harvests just like black is with the increasing darkness of the days and the “death” of Summer.

With Halloween just around the corner, aficionados can find something unique to adorn their creative sides on Fine Art America, where images shown in this blog can now be purchased. Place your order today to receive them in time for your celebrations.

Prints also make an excellent gift for your college friends.  To find these and many more, check out our links below.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Buy El Morro

Buy full-size canvas prints, place it on your wall, and enjoy your own view of El Morro from Above. To see other images of Puerto Rico, go to puerto rico photos or click on the image at right.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Purchase Extraordinary Art at Reasonable Prices

After a bit of a blog-lapse, lots of working on finishing school, and lots of feedback, I've decided to expand and offer my artwork for sale on a site named Fine Art America (FAA). If you like any of the images you see, you can now buy them as art prints, stretched canvases, cell phone cases, and greeting cards. You can even buy originals. I encourage you to "art" today. Go to my profile at Fine Art America or click on the FAA logo.

Friday, February 21, 2014

El Morro

Tomó este foto ariba de El Morro en 2010.

In 2010, I took this photo above the fort called el Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, or El Morro as it is more commonly known.  Neither airplane nor helicopter was used to capture this image.

This fort symbolizes the strength and resolve of the people of Puerto Rico.  On the cusp of a great ocean, los puertoriqueños look out into the horizon that is the Atlantic, standing firm, resilient against hurricanes and storms of war.  This structure has lasted more than 470 years.

Did you know that the word "hurricane" originated in Puerto Rico?

Monday, January 6, 2014

To My Smokin' Friends this New Year

Prison Cemetery, Huntsville, TX, Circa 1981
When taking this photo of my friend, Jeff, running by tombstones on a perfectly normal day, I was struck by the contrast.  The action of Jeff running by these static stones, non-moving, symbolizing only one thing about the human condition: We each always have the option to change, at least until we die.  

Contrary to what you see in this photo, it’s not about an old cemetery or tombstones, nor the fact that each one bore only a number.  No names.  This photo’s deeper than that.  

It’s about change, personal, individual change, change in ourselves and not in others, or even the world, because change can only happen one person at a time.  With that said, let me change the subject for one minute so you’ll understand what I mean.

We know from social-economics that being in jail, like being poor, reduces one’s average lifespan, thus turning each unchanging person into a statistic, for that individual would not or could not change to avoid this ending.  But if we have the power to change some things, like smoking cigarettes, why do we pick the path that would take us down being enumerized like the cadavers in this cemetery?  And becoming statistics.  

To be sure, sometimes we can’t change—such those who suffer from mental illness—but when we can, shouldn’t we?  Today, for example, we have far too many people who know that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy yet they persist to do so.  

What’s going on in these people’s heads to make them believe they are immune from becoming a statistic?  Is it that the value their place on their own lives are so low?  Is it that they already have a cancer of the soul and don’t see cigarettes as destroying what little lives they have left?

Maybe if my smoking friends would view their lives more as an every day compromise, the benefit being a higher quality of life, but only by taking the path of least destruction.  Maybe if my friends would know that I don’t want them to become statistics, numbers, and un-moving stones? 

I want my friends to last as long as possible.  I want many new happy years with each of you.  For that reason, I wish all my smokin’ friends a healthy 2014 y para los Hispanos out there, Happy Three Kings Day!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Toasting to an Engergized 2014

Taken 07/04/2012.
This is energy mimicking life.  It's the short-lived life of energy produced by a dandelion-shaped firework.

If we could only recognize the energy in the average dandelion just like we recognize the energy in this spectacular blast, we may be able appreciate better the other things in life that are as important as life itself. Such things may include friendships, or animal pals, a hobby or volunteer work, and, yes, the energy produced by the average dandelion.

While we, at GDG III Photo, had a good 2013, we had two untimely deaths in our family and are still recovering. We will be back again soon with another post and another thought.

Your Friend in Artful Life,

George D. Gordon, III

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Run Down New York

Circa Mid-1980's
Had you run down many New York streets in the 1980's, you would've notice a trend, like the one in this photo.  Boarded up, so don't look down.  Passers by walking forward, seeing but not registering anything from any angle.