“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
The series of works listed in this section are a mixture of short stories, some published but most not and poetry. The self-published books are ‘The Silence Unseen’, ‘The Oxygen Thieves’ and ‘Til Death Do us Party.’
The self-published books mentioned above can be purchased as digital copies by contacting the author, Paul Francis at email email@example.com
A synopsis of each book and a Chapter extract can be found by clicking on the Read More button below.
Book prices are listed below and all funds raised from sales go to Child and Adolescent Placement Services [C.A.S.P.A.] in Lismore, Australia
1. ‘The Silence Unseen’ $15.oo
2. ‘The Oxygen Thieves’ $10.oo
3. ‘Til Death Do Us Party’ $5.oo
Travel photos in folders in this section are from trips to USA 2013 and 2016, Colombia, Spain, Morocco, Blues Cruises 2013 to the Caribbean and 2018 down Baja Peninsula to Mexico, New York 2009, South America in 2007/2008.
Selection of these types of photos are at best subjective but I have tried studiously to cull down to pictures I hope may interest other people than simply myself. I looked for the weird, the emotive, the informative, the amusing and sometimes even the picturesque. As a portrait photographer in another life, people have always attracted me. Sometimes they define the country they live in, at least to some extent. At other times, they simply embody the joy or sorrow of the moment and it’s hard to place them specifically in any country. They are people of the world and it is some aspect of their personality that I’ve seen and am trying to capture not so much their relationships to the surrounds. Often it’s just about the face.
As to the musicians shown in these photo galleries, I’ve tried to include pictures that evoke some of the emotions players reflect when they’re in the zone or enjoying the rapport with an enraptured audience. Mostly the musicians shown in these photo galleries are from Blues Cruises 2013 and 2018, Austin City Limits 2013, Chicago Blues Festival and Chicago clubs in 2016 and in cities such as Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and New York.
The original songs in this collection span approximately 8 years of recording my music on both Zoom 4 and 8 track recorders. These songs, while far from perfect, represent a fraction of the main body of my music over this period.
Some videos of my original music are included along with a spoof cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Dead Flowers.’
I have tried resist the temptation to include songs that were not quite up to my own interpretation of a ‘high standard.’ Others will surely dispute that within the selection included. I will live with that as every person is entitled to their own opinion as I am to mine.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso
For years I have haunted art galleries in Australia and in many other places all over the world. One thing I have found is that analysing artwork and commenting on it to others is fraught with danger as all art is subjective. My personal taste in artwork is not necessarily the same as yours, even within the same genres. That doesn’t make my opinion right and yours wrong.
I do find it fascinating to discover what other people’s taste in art is and like all of us, if you find theirs is not to your liking it’s still interesting to discuss what it is that attracts another person to one form or a single piece of artwork.
Many artists are almost never happy with the final product of their expression. Often they are their harshest critics and in that I am no different. We see the shortcomings and the mistakes and it’s a continuing struggle to fix them while going on to different and better directions. I don’t mean to sound coy here at all, since I am quite clearly putting my work out there in the public domain. I really enjoy the process of drawing but at this point I find the final result often disappointing in my opinion. What to do? Keep at it and keep trying different approaches I guess.