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The word mandala is from the Sanskrit word which is loosely translated as circle. Traditional mandala design often utilizes the circle—symbol of the cosmos—and the square—symbol of the man-made world. Mandalas generally exhibit a center, radial symmetry, and the major points of the compass: North, South, East, West. The mandala represents wholeness and can be seen as a model for life itself. It reminds me of the infinite possibilities in life, the world that extends from both within and without our being.
My mandalas are created on the computer from my photographs and from various digital “painting” techniques. They are an attempt to demystify the contradictions in contemporary society and the desire to show the “oneness” of the would that we live in.

Ohio Street Fence - Abstracts

There is a fence on Ohio Street off of Harbor Way, in Richmond, that I love to photograph. It has been painted many times over the years and has weathered very beautifully. There is so much going on on that fence that I have had to go back over and over again to take photographs of it. Not only do I discover new elements that were there that I didn’t see before, I also realize that I am seeing more and more totally new forms and ideas that the weather has created since my last visit. I want my abstract photographs to represent living, changing forms, forms that could be seen in nature or society just as easily as on a fence in Richmond.

Blossoms and Thorns
Miraflores is the name given to a cluster of former nurseries owned and operated by Japanese-American families from the early 20th Century until 2006 when the property was acquired by the Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency for housing development. The property is located near I-80 close to the new Target store. It is the last vestige of a once-thriving industry that spread along the Richmond-El Cerrito border.
The former Sakai, Oishi and Maida-Endo nurseries are historically significant. These properties are the only extant cut-flower nurseries begun by Japanese-Americans before WW II in the entire Bay Area as well as the last remaining of Richmond’s community of Japanese American flower growers. The properties are rare surviving Bay Area nurseries, a once prominent industry in the core Bay Area counties that has been almost entirely displaced by development pressures during the last thirty years.
These photographs represent a return to nature for me, a testament to the power of the natural forces that surround us. What looks at first glance like nature in disarray is actually nature going back to a native state. As we see the man-made structures disintegrate and the domesticated plant life become wild we see the powerful forces of nature at work.
yellow masked parader

Carnaval San Francisco 2007

sf_scenery composite

SF Scenery Composite

Anti-War Demonstration
What is War Good For


Starting in August, 2004, I maintained a photo blog, a vehicle for posting a new photograph or montage on almost a daily basis. My last post to this blog was on February 4, 2007.

August 21, 2004 - August 19, 2005

August 20, 2005 - August 19, 2006

August 20, 2006 - August 26, 2006
August 27, 2006 - September 2, 2006
September 3, 2006 - September 9, 2006
September 10, 2006 - September 16, 2006
September 17, 2006 - September 23, 2006
September 24, 2006 - September 30, 2006
October 1, 2006 - October 7, 2006
October 8, 2006 - October 14, 2006
October 15, 2006 - October 21, 2006
October 22, 2006 - October 28, 2006
October 29, 2006 - October 31, 2006
November 13, 2006 - November 19, 2006
November 20, 2006 - November 26, 2006
November 27, 2006 - December 3, 2006
December 4, 2006 - December 10, 2006
December 11, 2006 - December 17, 2006
December 18, 2006 - December 24, 2006
January 1, 2007 - January 7, 2007
January 8, 2007 - January 14, 2007
January 15, 2007 - January 21, 2007
January 22, 2007 - January 28, 2007
January 29, 2007 - February 4, 2007


Beach Impeach photos

No War in Iraq march

San Francisco, Ca., January 18, 2003
San Francisco, Ca., February 16, 2003

Contact: Fletcher Oakes