Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

Theater: Reality, Rituals, and the Human Imagination

Altamira, Spain – Before the Common Era Perched high on the ledge of the cave wall, small reddish brown bird watches with curiosity from its nest, and observes the outline of twelve silhouettes huddled around a smoky but tender fire.  The smoke from the fire rises, softens the angular light of the sun setting in […]

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Beethoven and the Revolution

It was time, not the time kept by a clock or pocket watch but time kept by eternity.  Underneath the landscape’s horizon line, the hills and valleys around Vienna appeared like a romanticized painting with soft rich greens, golden brownish reds, and luminous beige hues.  The view was speckled with bare trees anticipating the touch of the […]

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Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity

Book Review: Title: Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity Book Release Date: July 2015. Dimensions: Large Format Landscape Book and eBook, 28 Plates, 58 Pages. The concept of the book continues to extend the explorations and findings from the series Flora Nocturne.  Specifically focusing on the abstract, unreal and imagination of form itself.  While organic […]

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Digital Panopticon

Arestor looked down at his newly born son with wonder, and with fatherly pride.  As for his new born son was beyond the size of any human baby imaginable.  Arestor wiped all the tears from his son’s crying eyes, all one hundred of them and decreed to all, from here forth, my son will be […]

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The Rite of Spring 1913

The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction Augurs of Spring Ritual of Abduction Spring Rounds Ritual of the Rival Tribes Procession of the Sage: The Sage Dance of the Earth The Sacrifice: Introduction Mystic Circles of the Young Girls Glorification of the Chosen One Evocation of the Ancestors Ritual Action of the Ancestors Sacrificial Dance It […]

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Connecting 2014 to 2015

Happy New Year 2015 to Family, Friends and Everyone Flora Nocturne is a self-published book and was released in June 2014. The category is Fine Art Photography and the book dimensions are Large Format Landscape with 92 pages.            Tags: Flora, Nocturne, Abstractions, Light. Book Review: Flora Nocturne is an analysis that compares and contrasts two visual […]

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Elements of Innovation

In the thirteenth year of the twentieth century, technological innovations were like buds on a flower ready to bloom.  Ford Motor Company introduced the first large scale moving assembly line, the first successful recipe to make stainless steel came about in 1913, but there was another discovery that was so small, it could not be observed by […]

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Flora Nocturne – Still Lifes

Flora Nocturne is an analysis that compares and contrasts two visual constructs; Objective Poetic Transformation and Abstraction.  Objective poetic transformation is not a new idea and derives from photographic statements and criticism from the twentieth century.  Practitioners from Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston to Minor White were pursuant to purity, objective observations and gateways.  The […]

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Who is enjoying the shadow of whom…

In the year 1889, Oscar Wilde looked out the window of his London flat, as the fog rolled in, pondered about the great discourse of human observations, the iconic values of civilizations; beauty and truth. Taking on the Aristotelian constructs, and changing the dialogue of existing thinking about aesthetics and image making. Firing a shot […]

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