Financial Crisis: Need, Greed, Fraud & Collapse

The Rose of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Changeable Rose. Rose of Sharon

Who and what can we trust now that we are facing a global financial crisis? This situation, sooner or later, will effect our lives, threatening our savings, pensions, jobs, homes, education, families, friends, foods, environments, countries etc… . It is difficult for most of us to make sense of this confusion and despair, brought about, deliberate or otherwise, by the world’s political, financial leaders and those in power. And ourselves too, to a large extant is part of the system.

This photograph of the rose (above) from the flowering plant, Hibiscus Mutabilis, was taken from my garden, recently.  One of my Orang Asli friends from Kuala Krau in Pahang gave me a cutting of the plant. This vigorous bushy shrub has since started to flower. Each flower opens to about 10 to 15 cm wide, starts up as pure white in the morning, then changes to pink in the afternoon and finally, closes up as deep red by evening and drops off.

The cycle of the life of this rose and its transforming colours, offer me a a visual metaphor, to muse over the current, boom to burst, global financial situation, and to wonder what kind of world we have inherited- yesterday, today and tomorrow. I hope to share this image with someone else in whatever way they may like to view it.

If you have the time, you may like to check out this site Global Financial Crisis which I find informative. To add more tales to the plight, go to A Tale of Interesting Times

Peter Tan for Website Solutions

Peter Tan at a public phone booth. Recently he and some of his friends were checking out public accessibility facilities at the Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur.

Peter and his wife Wuan

Peter and Wuan are keen photographers

Recently, my friend, Peter Tan, has transplanted my wordpress blog into this domain site. He was the one who give me the domain name,, as a present, when it became available. We first met each other, earlier in the year, when he came to the Sunday party I organised at the KLPac, where I was showing my collection of photographs of the disabled athletes.

He is a well known blogger for the disabled community advocating for better public accessibility for the disabled, the elderly and the rest of the populace who might one day need the facilities. Yes, anyone of us may one day need to be a wheelchair user or not be able able to see but needs to move around independently.

We have been meeting many times, often at his home or at shopping malls, and coincidentally he too has mentioned my name in his latest blog today. We seemed to have a special link.

Reading his blog, one finds him with many talents and skills and web design and related matters is what he does best. He works independently from his home in Kuala Lumpur. Please contact Peter, if you need web page solutions.

Eric Peris: Form-Design-Colour

Colours and design on decayed tree trunk

Eric has the ‘nose’ of a true artist

Yesterday, Eric Peris, my long-standing fellow artist and photographer friend, opened his most recent exhibition at the Sutra Gallery, 12 Persianran Titiwangsa 3, 53200 Kuala Lumpur (tel:03 40229669). This display of ten new works will be on at Sutra till 15 November.

He said this about his collection, ‘Nature has a way of offering endless designs which can be used to express one’s interaction with Nature. One source that I found vary exciting were those designs that appear on the barks of the trees, decayed trunks, interaction of light between leaves, the flow of natural design between plants life, the play of shadows. I used the original form and from there create a design in black-and-white and plan out the colours as I ‘see’ them’.

Eric is a complete artist, he teaches, he writes, he shows by example and is generally concerned about the artistic well being of his fellow artists and photographers. In his Buddhist ways he is always in the middle path and with a smile.

His artistic output, since his first solo exhibition in 1982, ‘Through Thai windows and doorways’ at the Rupa Gallery (1982-1990), which I started, has been consistant and always setting the photographic standard for local art community. Like all true artist, he does not sit too long on a successful formula of past artworks but is always trying new angles and media.

This set of pictures is a cross between a watercolour painting and a high-contrast B/W photo. Who is to say that an artist cannot mix and match his creative ideas in a digital age? But what is important is you can trust Eric to not play games with you when it is about art.