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Listening to Sea – Postcard #74 via video

Ship-to-shore transmissions with shortwave broadcasts from elusive listening posts, soundscapes from slow ships, and freeverse poetry about unanswered communiques, transitory conditions, arbitrary citizenships, invented geography, de-identification, and intentional disappearance.

Features music: “Dream World” by Matt Harding from NYOSSS (New York, Orem, San Sebastian, & Shanghai), plus various shortwave broadcasts of dubious origin, and sound samples from oceans (recorded by Dave and others via BBC sound archive).

Note: Also available in audio-only via all normal podcast channels and elsewhere in this library.

Scrapjournal: Japan, ship life / ephemera, artifacts (2017)

Scrapjournal: Japan via ship - front cover
Scrapjournal: Japan via ship – front cover

This scrapjournal is an “accordion-style” book (think that’s what you’d call it… though doesn’t create the dulcet tones of the musical instrument)  anyhow the paper unfolds in one long swath in vaguely Japanese-style.

Appropriately, the book is laden with artifacts collected in Japan whilst traveling by ship and stopping in a various ports of call from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Japan is the champion country for interesting paper-y bits so filling this one up with origami cranes to hot spring brochures postage stamps and oddments from the ship was ummm no problem, fulfilling and infinitely tactile.

What follows are a few sample pages, along with the covers, for archival amusement.

Scrapjournal: Japan via ship
Scrapjournal: Japan via ship

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Post’d: envelope backs – via ocean liner

Post’d: envelope, backs –via ocean liner

To remind and inspire myself, i often photograph envelopes before they embark on their journey. The fronts contain folks’ personal address (which i shoot to keep a record i never actually look back upon to recall who i’ve mailed) so i shan’t share that bit, but i will gallery up the backs – really for no purpose, just for amusement and artsy funtimes.

This batch mostly include ocean liner envelopes or stamps – some could be grouped in with dog variations or maps or Japan collection but ya gotta break em up somehow right?

Post’d: envelope, backs –via ocean liner

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Nowhere to Call – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 4)

Nowhere to Call – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 4)
Nowhere to Call – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 4)

Listening to Sea – Postcard #74

Pod cover – Postcards from Gravelly Beach 74 – Listening to Sea (suez canal)

Ship-to-shore transmissions with shortwave broadcasts from elusive listening posts, soundscapes from slow ships, and freeverse poetry about unanswered communiques, transitory conditions, arbitrary citizenships, invented geography, de-identification, and intentional disappearance.

Features music: “Dream World” by Matt Harding from NYOSSS (New York, Orem, San Sebastian, & Shanghai), plus various shortwave broadcasts of dubious origin, and sound samples from oceans (recorded by Dave and others via BBC sound archive).

Tune the shortwave  receiver for: Listening to Sea – Postcard #74
(20MB, 14:50, 192k mp3, stereo)

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Bosphorus Float (poem in process)

Towards the Yangtze (poem + pictogram)

Poem: Yangtze Morning, cards (handwritten)
Poem: Yangtze Morning, cards (handwritten)+

Towards the Yangtze

 

1

4AM Shanghai

Me, insomniatic as usual

Watching light rise 

Through pollution skies

To illuminate building designed

By a committee of Dr. Seuss, Salvador Dali and MC Escher

 

The ship pulls out through endless gauntlet 

of all the ships in the world

Each their own world

Tiny houses on giant barges, flags, cigarette and a wave

2

Yangtze River wide

As a sound

Cozy as an African watering hole

Herds of barges graze

Like wildebeests lady to fall into stampede

When hyena party boats of wedding revellers disappear into dark, 

Moored behind elephant cruisers

The bulls wait  beyond the marsupial floating dry docks 

Holding wounded deer craft 

Under gaze of manicured obedient flocks

Of bobbing cranes

Feeding vibes into yawning hippos accustomed to melons

Catamaran racers lean into wind, puny sailors lean to balance for the watches and cameras 

As peacocks might 

Beneath windmills grindingly faraway wheat

3

The wagon trail of floaters

Parade through river intersections

Obeying crackled jargon appointing times-subject to change

From typhoons, tainted waters, tides and an abundance of caution

And negotiation

Then the dispatch arrives

And like preschoolers, holding a string

The horizon redefines with tankers

Containers, cruisers, scoopers, prospectors, fighters, seekers, and free radicals 

Bearing industrial names 

Referred by diligent tugs

Pilots breakwater boundaries

And the wake and buoys ahead

Soon they will diverge to transient paths 

Using similar charts 

And common codes

 

At Sea: 4 Insta snaps (with orange sweater and coffee mug)

Presented without annotations. Just a guy, at sea, with beverage – jauntily leaning at times, even posing cheekily or cheerily. Content at the moment. (snapped with Fuji Insta-camera)

At Sea: Leaning with mug and orange sweater, 4
At Sea: Leaning with mug and orange sweater, 1

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Stavangerfjord, NAL – The Norwegian-America Line

Stavangerfjord, NAL – The Norwegian-America Line

{note: this was the ship my Grandfather Olaf Olson travelled upon from Norway to Canada}