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“Each of the digital photographs in this book was made on site during a single exposure in my Canon EOS series digital cameras. The images come from my new series of abstract digital camera paintings called BREAKING THE LIGHT.” - Harvey Lloyd

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I Gratefully acknowledge the curating of the images, editing assistance and encouragement of my loved friend Ivana Lovincic, and of my many young interns and helpers, Lizeth Victoria, who edited this book, Mina Ao, Amy Mitten, and Mike Hicks stand out, my dear longtime friend and business manager Jerry Eisner, my nephew and lawyer Steve Adler, and Lori and Neil, Rachelle and Tom. Most of all, I acknowledge the wisdom of the many passionate, humorous and profound thinkers and writers whose quotes I have freely sprinkled among the pages of this book. It is my privilege and my pleasure to work with many interns at my studio. Encounters with young people and their bubbling ideas is one of the secrets of creativity, optimism, joy and youthfulness. I dedicate this book with the greatest love to my longtime friend and companion S. P. Shirlee Price who has passed away.

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All Photography by Harvey Lloyd Copyright Š 2009 by Harvey Lloyd. 51111-LLOY Library of Congress Control Number: 2009902149 ISBN: Softcover 978-1-4415-1800-2 Hardcover 978-1-4415-1801-9 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to any actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. This book was printed in the United States of America. To order additional copies of this book, contact: Xlibris Corporation 1-888-795-4274 www.Xlibris.com Orders@Xlibris.com

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Preface

This work may be summed up as an attempt to see and to make others see what happens to man . . . Seeing . . . We might say that the whole of life lays in that verb . . . And that, doubtless, is why the history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen . . . To see or to perish is the very condition laid on everything that makes up the universe by reason of the mysterious gift of existence. And this, in superior measure , is man’s condition. —Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man

There is no medium for light in the physical world because light is not in the physical world. The physical world is in light. Light is visual consciousness itself. —Samuel Avery, Transcendence of the Western Mind, Physics, Metaphysics, and Life on Earth The two bugle blasts above herald the shouts and clamor of the many young people whose e-mails to me created this book. Voices from the Future erupts like wildfire from the minds, hearts, and souls of a legion of young people who passionately desire to live creative and fulfilling lives. Their tales of frustration with the rigid establishment and their passionate and holy quests to be a kindling, a flaming part of the future of art and photography, declare an overwhelming desire to be free. I can wish all of them no more than that. THE IMAGES Each of the digital photographs in this book was made on site during a single exposure in my Canon EOS series digital cameras. The images come from my new series of abstract digital camera paintings called BREAKING THE LIGHT. The raw images (the score as in music) are downloaded into my Mac computers and performed by my Photoshop “orchestra.” The orchestra must be rehearsed until I feel the performance is ready. I play groups of the images in Photoshop to create sequence of visual music. The images are printed (performed) on my Epson printers. What you see is a unique visual performance that is later preserved on DVD’s. No single image can be repeated or duplicated. I have tried with no success. I create BREAKING THE LIGHT images on site. They are the unique children of light.

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Introduction

“No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky,“ wrote essayist E. B. White in his small book Here Is New York. Ambitious young artists and photographers come here to the world capital of the new art of digital photography to get lucky. I run a provocative ad now and then on Craigslist, seeking interns and apprentices from this cadre. The ad requests applicants to visit my Web site and send their comments along with their resumes (see ad at end of book). Their stories and comments, insightful, intuitive, upbeat, or otherwise, help determine who will be interviewed. This quote by Jack Kerouac sums up the ad and the studio: Jack Kerouac shouted, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’“ The e-mails contain the feelings, needs, ideas, and outlooks of those who will be the next generation of artists and photographers. They pour out tales of their ambitions, frustrations, peer pressure, and anger at being put down or criticized for wanting to lead free, creative lives. These young people grew up in the midst of an onrushing technology of powerful computers, digital cameras, Photoshop, and myriads of sophisticated software to work with digital imagery. They know that change is coming, and that change is here. The many who worked and voted for Obama seek radical changes not only in government but also in their own futures. They passionately desire to live their lives doing the creative work they love! I have left all names out to protect the writer‘s privacy. Here is a reply to my ad:

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That inspired small group of talented individuals who are forever restless and seeking, curious about the entire universe, passionate, dying to learn, to break out, to grow and to conquer the world in their chosen art and professions. I am that individual. As I was exploring the ad and Web site, I couldn’t help but feel like it was describing a part of me. I am inspired by what I‘ve seen and read, and I want more. I want to learn and experience and discover. I’ve been seeking adventure my whole life; I’m a risk-taker. I live without fear each day to the fullest. I have a passion for traveling, an eye for design, and a desire to learn about anything and everything. I want to see the world. These “voices from the future“ get it. The young dig the tradition and idol breaking significance of mine and other new digital camera paintings. They understand and relate to my abstract new work called “BREAKING THE LIGHT.“ The abstract images of light are each made in my camera during single exposures. They demolish the two-hundred-year-old tradition of the what-you-see-is-what-you-get “realism“ in the art and commerce of photography. The images shatter these cliches the way Kandinsky, the Futurists, Impressionists, and Picasso, among others, shattered traditional painting at the turn of the twentieth century. Picasso said, “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.“ I take photographs that way. Light, immortal and enigmatic light, tells the tale. Light is more fundamental than space and time. Things cannot go faster than or be smaller than light because that is what they are made of. There is no medium for light in the physical world because light is not in the physical world. The physical world is in light. Light is visual consciousness itself. —SAMUEL AVERY, Transcendence of the Western Mind

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Light And Our Discontinuous Self-tuning Brains

The new digital art of photography revolves around the enigma of light. Light plows into your eyes at 186,000 miles per second after an eight-and-a-half-minute, 80million-mile race from the sun. The eye, springboard to the cerebral cortex, swallows trillions, literally infinities, of photons, gasps, retches, and filters out most of them. The lonely few billions left send electrical signals into the brain, like a hailstorm of tiny comets in a fantasy world. Deep inside your brain, new patterns form, like swarms of flying shuttles weaving the cosmos. Blink and you are too late. The most important thing to understand is that the brain is “context bound.“ It is not a logical system like a computer, a hi-tech slave that processes programmed information. Your brain does not produce preordained outcomes like your wristwatch. Rather it is a selectional system that, through pattern recognition, puts things together in always novel ways. It is this selectional repertoire in the brain that makes each individual unique, that accounts for the ability to create poetry and music, (italics mine) that accounts for all the differences that arise from the same biological apparatus—the body and the brain. There is no singular mapping to create the mind; there is, rather, an unforetold plurality of possibilities. In a logical system, novelty and unforeseen variation are often considered to be noise. In a selectional system such diversity actually provides the opportunity for favorable selection. In considering the brain, we are talking about a population of hundreds of billions of cells that far exceeds the number of stars in the sky. The number of possible connections these cells can make exceeds the number of particles in the universe (italics mine) . . . To give a sense of this, consider that the cortex of your brain has 30 billion neurons. It has a (a hundred) million billion connections, at least. If you counted one connection per second, you would not finish counting until 32 million years later.

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To physicist Gordon Globus (The Postmodern Brain), the human brain is a chemically influenced self-tuning neural network. Call it free will. It is not, as Edelman writes, a hardwired or preprogrammed but constantly adjusts itself to the world. We think, we are, we think again, we are again. We play the limitless music of our lives in all their melodious, miraculous variations. We leap into the sunshine of aberrant unbridled knowledge and new visions like dolphins dancing parabolas over the tossing seas. The natural order beneath the chaos of winds that circle the globe to make hurricanes, cyclones, twisters, and typhoons are kin to the illimitable choices swirling around in our reeling brains. Chaos is order misunderstood. The chaos of new vision opens the doors to perception the way a summer cloudburst in the Southwest desert makes the setting sun a flaming epiphany. It is not vision, but desire that reveals the world, not eyesight but the passion and fire of neural networking. Like glistening spiderwebs torn apart in vagrant breezes, our self-tuning brains stitch together the silken threads in iridescent new patterns. Light, holy light, strikes dawn’s delicate meshes covered with dew to make glittering necklaces in the cool air. Our self-tuning brains make constellations and galaxies of shining new pathways each day.

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Vo i c e s F r o m T h e F u t u r e Yo u n g M e n a n d Wo m e n S p e a k

With fire-in-my-belly (follow-my-gut) passion, kinetic energy, unending joy, and ecstatic untamed interest, I send you greetings and blessings. This fire, excitement, travel adventure, journeyman-type feeling is a presence I have felt since I was born. My body, my mind, my personhood seeks to discover, explore, and document humanity and the manifest changes that embody the universe. I am a politicized body, a creative artist, a writer and travel seeker, an energy worker, an educator, and a lover of peoples and cultures that challenge me to think beyond my comfortable limit(ation)s. I am born to be vulnerable, to make change, to step outside the man-made boxes of gut-wrenching conformity so as to evoke in others, through art expression, the power of the human spirit and the drive to seek collective betterment, personal growth, and human understanding. Looking at your Web site(s), the images evoke a sense of knowing, an unearthing of life, of human connections, of struggle. It is a multiplex entrance into levels beyond human reason, an evocation of the heavens, the afterlife, and a combination of sheer grit and unencumbered awe . . . Creation evoked through photography can bring the onlooker into a state of terror, wonder, bewilderment, or even bring a sense of life’s magnitude amidst the daily grind. Yes! Let the fire ignite. “The lens shifts in the eyes of the beholder.“

 

Did I say already that reading your essays inspired me so much that no matter who you choose as your apprentice (I still hope it will be me), I will be thankful to you forever. In “Light’s Genesis“ and “The God of Light,“ you reminded me how awesome light is and how mysterious! Trying to understand its origins and properties is mind blowing. Appreciating light is a duty of a photographer.

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I am writing because I found the ad on Craigslist for the intern position with Harvey Lloyd. After reading the ad alone, I was incredibly intrigued and desperate to be a part of anything with anyone so passionate about the pursuit of artistic meaning. Viewing the Web site, I found the images to be like intricate paintings of light. It was as though it was created on a large canvas using light as the paint and the camera as the brush. Definitely, these pieces were images I had never seen before. Even more astounding was the innovative way in which the pieces were created. I am a pursuer of passion and intensity through vehicles of art and expression. This means that I pursue my everchanging and consistently expanding dreams through mediums of drawing, painting, acting, writing, theatre, music, mediation, voice work, communication, and physical awareness. I aim to be a complete and enriched person who follows her dreams and passions with reckless abandonment to the ends of finding new paths and new dreams to pursue. I feel that as long as I give anything my all, I can have no regrets because I did everything in my power; and there is no failure, simply new avenues to discover and fresh places to travel. Everything is connected in the world by a larger force, and everything leads to everything.

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At this time, I have ordered Harvey Lloyd’s book The Samurai Way . . . I have read about the book, and I’m very excited to read more on his pursuit of the undiscovered, the roads he has traveled, and his passionate drive to create. I really just wanted to express my excitement and intense interest and would love to contribute my passion and relentless vigor to an opportunity like this. I have never experienced any photography created in such a manner, and I’m very excited to see what else lies ahead.



While looking through your “Breaking the Light“ collection, one message stands clear in my mind: reality exists far beyond our senses. You have a way of painting with light which inspires within me the understanding that everything exists in code, a grand holographic illusion constructed in patterns of concentrated energy. Everything is connected to everything, and yet nothing is solid. In one of your pictures in the Vegas collection, the light shoots out from the signs like cosmic tentacles, wrapping around the eager brain stems of the passersby. People appear in gridlike patterns, multiple exposures of the same mold flashing across the plane. You seek to, in a moment of intellectual and instinctual trust entwined with time and light, crack the code of our reality by bringing to life the hidden qualities of the energy, which constantly stimulates our conscious experience. As Alan Watts said, “Like sound comes out of silence, light comes out of space.“ From a mere practical, survival standpoint, our brain is programmed to familiarize itself with the static image of our eyes, calling attention to changes in the field of vision. Indeed, a pilot must continually sweep his or her horizon for air traffic, since distant aircraft appearing as unmoving points will literally blink out of the awareness of the perceiver. Thus, if one were to stare at even the most beautiful painting continually, but did not apply one’s sense of imagination and merely observed the picture apathetically, the whole wonderful mess of color would eventually fade away into that unchanging void. However, if one has even a glimmer of imagination, if one unlocks the infinite creative understanding that is the true nature of humanity, the painting could be explored for an eternity. One would experience reality as it truly exists, each color a vibrating code, tapping the pool of white light to rewrite its message and send it reflecting into the eye for the human mind to once again rewrite and continue the flow of physical and metaphysical energy, intention intersecting with reality.

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You understand how we allow the mundane and our everyday perception of life to drive out the colors in it, forcing them to fade into the obscurity of our unchanging routines. By removing the distractions of the norm, building, structures, streets, cars, television screens, and other familiar objects, leaving only the streaks of colored light, you reveal the fleeting star trails of humanity that get lost in the slew of common thought. These colors are always there, flaring vibrantly whenever there is a source to illuminate them, a lens to capture them, a brain to interpret them, a spirit to appreciate them. But they must be allowed, as you and Novalis say, to “shimmer through the veil of apparent order.“

 

Your written words and photographs . . . they are both controversial, both daring, both chaotic and loud, erupting with feeling, emotions; and in that chaos, they both find a solid sense of order . . . some structure that we can feel but not see.

The freedom your work expresses is refreshing and invigorating, as if seen through a person experiencing life with the open-mindedness of a newborn soul. Captured within your frame is a vastness of intangible concepts, understanding, and acceptance of what is, what should, and what could be. It is . . . fascinating how your mind oscillates between factual scientific explanations and philosophical metaphysical futuristic predictions, exploring the realms of reality and pushing the limits of the world of hopes and dreams, the existent and nonexistent, the discovered and yet-to-be discovered, the visible and invisible. You . . . communicate and discuss with us poetically, literally, metaphorically, and aesthetically, interweaving the tangible realm with the unseen feelings and intuitions of the intangible.

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VOICES FROM THE FUTURE : Young People Talk About Their Live, Art and Photography  

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