Go Forward, Move Ahead

Munich Airport, Germany 2018 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

If the world was one long moving walkway, it would seem very clear which way to go.

You could hop on, enjoy the sights around you, and head to where you need to go automatically. No stress, minimal effort, and in the right directions: forward.

If the moving walkway represented time, you would assume it was linear, that is, a straight line from A to B.

What if, instead of a moving walkway, you were presented with a carousel that went around and around, and up and down? Or a roller coaster that inched slowly upward and picked up speed and momentum on its way to the bottom? Maybe it’s a lake whose waves rippled out in all directions.

Whichever way you go, it’s important to pay attention. The journey is the experience of moving through time and space, without it we only have point A and point B.

Time is an illusion.

– Albert Einstein


Avondale, Auckland NZ 2012 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

When you move through space you are witnessing and experiencing your reality.

The camera can record this as a glimpse or a fragment of that reality, but when the recorded image is reproduced it gains a crucial new element: an observer.

The image now has the capacity to transform its inherent meaning, and thus, feedback into your reality in new ways.

The observer’s experience can shift the dynamic of the recorded event, or image by the way it interacts with what it sees. No one interpretation is either right or wrong, it just is.

Breath new life to your reality by inviting others to observe a portion of it.

If one of the five theories describes our universe, who lives in the other four worlds

-Edward Witten

Are you Real?

Cover for short film “Wait” by Yamin Tun (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

What is reality in the first place?

The notion that all humans may in fact be living in a simulated reality was first posed by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom. If this is true, then you may just be in one yourself.

Ever wonder about all of the people who play as extras in your life? The background talent with no speaking roles who walk past you in the street or stand near you at the crossing. We’ve seen how AI and machine learning can adapt to its environment, perhaps these people are part of a much larger algorithm originating from a much more powerful computer. What if that computer was from the future?

When we play the guitar, the vibration of the strings cause a range of harmonics which delight us with different sounds. In reality however, these range of harmonics are a series of waves causing a physical interference in the atmosphere and are absorbed by our eardrums which in turn render the sensation of sound.

Will any computer of the future be able to calculate super intelligent AI and, if so, how will humans develop it to learn from our own emotions?

Despite what is real and what is not, it is worth appreciating it and all the simulated people around you every day that you’re here.


Auckland NZ, 2019 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

Like perspective, depth is equally as important.

Our perception of what’s in front of us changes instantly as soon as you add or remove depth.

In photography, painting, and any illustrative or visual medium, depth can help isolate your subject matter from the background or foreground.

Depth will carry the image into reality. In turn, depth can trick us as well.

Although we can calculate depth through mathematical equation and use precise, optical instrumentation to successfully execute this end, the product it creates goes beyond that.

Either depth is present in your work or it isn’t.

What are you really showing us?

Mulder, the Internet is not good for you.

–  Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), The X-Files


Kauaeranga Kauri Trail, New Zealand 2012 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

To understand reality, look to nature.

We may not understand what someone else is going through, so it’s always best to not assume and simply act in kindness.

Our true nature is always revealed, sometimes behind the surface.

Time is a killer, but is also gives us life. Flowers blossom in the Spring, but fall in the space of a calendar year. This is life.

To take life for granted would be foolish.

The sun shines on all people just the same.

Cherish every single day.