that's no way to say goodbye by Javier Salinas

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm

Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm

Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new

In city and in forest, they smiled like me and you

But now it's come to distances and both of us must try

Your eyes are soft with sorrow

Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time

Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme

You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me

It's just the way it changes like the shoreline and the sea

But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie

Your eyes are soft with sorrow

Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.

learning by Javier Salinas

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” — Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” — Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

by Javier Salinas

no one gets to see me they just see a piece of who I want to be and then there might be the possibility of becoming the very part I act --alisa salidek

no one gets to see me
they just see a piece
of who I want to be
and then there might be
the possibility of
becoming the very part I act

--alisa salidek

on the road by Javier Salinas

Monument Valley, Utah. 

Monument Valley, Utah. 

There are many things I have done wrong in my life but the only thing I can confidently say I have been good at is being a father. I have wanted to be one since I can remember. 8, 9, 10 years old maybe? And I have always known I was going to be good at it. This recent trip with them is the culmination of all these years. I do not think we will have something similar ever again. They are changing. They are evolving. It is wonderful to see. We may travel together again but it will be different. They will be more like adults and experience everything as adults and that is very different. Showing them this part of the U.S. was my ultimate gift to them. It took tremendous visible and invisible effort but I think they enjoyed it. Hopefully they will remember it forever.

I will. 

The Kids Are Alright by Javier Salinas

These Guys!

These Guys!

Spending the weekend teaching these guys about film and photography really made me feel happy again after a long time. My time needs to be more devoted to kids and art and creativity. I am not so successful in dealing with adults. I am amazed at their natural abilities to see things and express themselves in a positive environment. I could spend every day with them and we would have a blast every single time. Looking forward to being with them again in September. Please, if you ever have some extra time and a skill to share or even just a friendly and understanding ear-- volunteer your time. You have no idea how much they appreciate it.

by Javier Salinas

Prince. 1984.

Prince. 1984.

Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, human beings pass on to the 'afterlife' every day. All significant in their own circles of family, friends, colleagues, etc... However, it is challenging to imagine how it must feel to be known, recognized and admired by tens of millions. The pressure, the daily living and even going out to buy a drink must be an ordeal. Being born with a gift and having the drive to present it to the world on that scale is even more difficult to fathom. But this guy did it and then some. A defining artist for so many everywhere. Did he realize his impact? Probably not. How could you?

Rest in Peace. Thank you.