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A Different Perspective

by Ben

January 18, 2020

Welcome to Notes from the Field! First and foremost, if you are reading this, then I thank you for visiting my website! For my first blog I would like to preview some of the events coming up in the near future.

In the books section,  you may have noticed that the book covers are still a work in progress (Katie is working on the covers for Baja Redemption and Ivory Moon). The first novel in the Warriors of Gaia series, Baja Redemption will be released later this spring. The story centers around the practice of illegal whaling and dolphins in captivity, in this instance, Mexico. Although it is a work of fiction, the story is based on factual events that have occurred. I want to raise public awareness to the plights of cetaceans worldwide. The 2020 Olympics which are to be held in Tokyo next summer. As many of you already know, Japan is at the forefront for illegal whaling activities. This story is to be a voice for those who don’t have one (at least not one we understand yet). To be informed of the release date of Baja Redemption, please send me your email address and I can fill you in on how to obtain your copy of the book.

Regarding photography,  I currently have 3 works on display in The Jewish Community Center. Katie also has ceramic sculptures and a pen and ink drawing being exhibited. There is a reception on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and the  exhibit runs  through January 30th.

We are hosting Art Trails Open Studio Tour at our home and gallery (Casa Tortuga Studio) on February 8th and 9th from 10:00 to 4:00 at 341 E, Burrows Street, Tucson, AZ. We will have for purchase sculptures, paintings, photographic prints, cards, and books, and refreshments will be provided. Please check out our works at the JCC and we hope to see you at Casa Tortuga Studio on the 8th and 9th!

Finally, I wanted to leave you with a quote that pretty much sums up my philosophy concerning non-human beings, It is from Henry Beston’s  The Outermost House, first published in 1928.

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings;  they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time. fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”