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The Visual Nomad 2010-Jun-16 at 01:12 PDT

Posted by Scott Arbeit in Blog.
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I just wanted to share with everyone the beautiful project that my dear friend Bryan Kopp is engaged in.

What am I doing?
Simply put, I’m traveling to various regions of the world, meeting with locals from all walks of life, and making lots and lots of portraits. EVERY person I photograph will get free prints or a CD, and the entire collection will become a book and online gallery. As the collection grows, I’ll share the photographs with schools, profit / non-profit organizations, art galleries, and others interested in expanding the project’s reach.

Why am I doing this?
There are nearly 7 billion faces in the world today, and each conveys an entirely unique perspective. Countless images honor this diversity, but these beautiful distinctions also create a new dilemma; that is, what do we still have in common? My goal is to create photographs that give you an opportunity to gaze into the eyes of people you may never meet, and discover something you can honestly relate to.

Bryan is an inspired soul, and an artist with skill and awareness far beyond his 23 years.  This project has been a dream of his, and it’s an honor to be witnessing that dream coming true.

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As I’ve pointed out before for the postmodern wave of development – although it seems like it got born and grew in the late 1960’s – the entire movement was based on the creation of cultural artifacts that represented this new perspective on the world.

The crowds of kids in the late 60’s didn’t all go back and read Hegel and Nietzsche and Heidegger and Sartre to get it.

They read Alan Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac.  They watched Marlon Brando and Dennis Hopper.  They listened to Woodie Guthrie and Bob Dylan.  They looked at Picasso and Mies Van Der Rohe.

In short… they got their perspective from the cultural artifacts that reflected that level of development.  And they got it really clearly.

For Integral, some, as I have, will dig in to read Ken Wilber deeply, and get the information straight, no chaser.  Most will not find that path satisfying, and will be more comfortable embracing it through the unique transmission of art.

I try to look out for the artists who are centered in an Integral awareness, and who create the Integral cultural artifacts that those who follow will be able to get their perspectives from.  The sharing of this perspective through art is the only means of taking a group from a “cognitive minority,” as Roger Walsh referred to the current state of Integral, and shifting it to a large-scale movement.  Only through art can the Integral movement scale quickly to allow millions of people to feel what this is all about.

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Bryan Kopp is one of those artists, and seeing his work proceed is nothing less than witnessing the birth of the early forms of Integral Photography.  I’m more than excited to see what he sees.

To participate in this journey with him, I highly recommend that you check out his portfolio, and think about becoming part of the project with a donation at Kickstarter.

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