Jeroen, the very cool designer

Take a look at the website of Jeroen Ten Berge, who is a Dutch designer now living in New Zealand.  The art and his ideas are really cool and the man has a great sense of humour.  I wish I also had the ability to visually pull  together my ideas and present them in this way.

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India – Updated photos

Just added another three photos to my website.  Click here to view

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He who knows

“He who knows and knows that he knows, is a sage, follow him”

“He who knows not and knows that he knows not, is a seeker, teach him”

“He who knows and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him”

“He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him”

Spend a little time and think which of these categories applies to most of those around you at work, in the news, our leaders (self styled or voted) and acquaintances.

India – Photos posted on website

During the 2 weeks I took just over 1,500 photos.  Of these I have chosen my favourite 35 and posted them onto my website – Paul Draskovich Photography.  One of my own personal aims of this holiday was to take a lot more portraits of people.  Normally I stick with landscape shots because you dont need to ask the landscape permission to take the photo.  I have always known that the people in India offer such amazing diversity and this time I wanted to try and capture what I hoped would be some good images.  Well, you are of course the judge as to how succesful this intent was, but I am really happy with these results.

There are two shots of India on the home page and then the rest can be found under “Places/India”.  Here is one of my favourites.

India – 2 amazing weeks

Karine and I have just arrived back at 06:00 this morning after 2 weeks in India.  In that time we travelled via Delhi to Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi.

I am currently feeling totally dislocated.  I am at home but my head is still in India.  It was truly an amazing experience.  As I collect my self and start to work through the 1600 photos that I took, I will begin to write out some of my experiences, thoughts and impressions of this holiday.

Death of the American Dream

Read a really interesting article in the FT this weekend about the reality of the American dream.  When you understand this,  you also understand what is behind some of the politics in the US and why this country has such deep, almost irreversible challenges.

This is not about long term recession, it is related to has been called the  “Great Stagnation” which is a long term decline in the fortunes of most Americans, particularly the middle classes.  The foreign picture of  ‘middle class America’ is a result of watching TV shows like Desperate Housewives or Weeds, but the view of manicured lawns and teenagers all driving expensive autos to schools applies to less than top 10% of the population.

The annual incomes of the bottom 90% of US families has essentially been flat since 1973 – having risen by only 10% in real terms over the last 37 years. 

In the last economic expansion which started in January 2002, ending in December 2007 the median US household income dropped by $2,000.  This was the first time where most Americans were worse off at the end of a boom cycle, than at the start.  Now, Americans have a smaller chance of swapping a lower-income bracket for a higher one than in almost any other developed economy – even Britain on some measures.

Perhaps the late George Carlin was right –  “It’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”