May The 4th Be With You

My Star Wars day post a day late as I realize it’s now Cinco de Mayo, but Star Wars is timeless, therefore this day cannot go unrecognized. In 1977, my dad took us all to go see Star Wars on opening night. I had heard nothing about the movie, and wasn’t that interested in a Sci fi flick so I had no expectations to be entertained. However, the minute the golden words “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” scrolled up onto the screen and dissipated into the universe, I was transfixed.

During the making of Star Wars, the technology to execute certain scenes did not yet exist. There were many challenges and hurdles to overcome. But through his persistence, strong belief and conviction to his story, the technology manifested, and George Lucas’s vision came to fruition in one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite the sophisticated advances in technology that have followed, the original episode produced with all its limitations and setbacks, still stands alone.

What makes Star Wars so timeless? Pure intention. Triumph of good over evil, strength in the face of adversity, allegiance to the betterment of the tribe, the community, and to society as a whole. Envisioning a positive outcome with faith, patience, and adherence to a doctrine of values and priorities that serves all of humanity. The enemy can only be overcome with a unified Rebel Alliance. If there is no unity, no collective consciousness, there is little chance of victory. I present you with my beloved Wookie Apso. And like Chewbacca, loyal. A warrior, and bonafide sissy.

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About Kuo Photo

Linda Kuo is a documentary photographer whose work centers on social-environmental issues, with a focus on the impact humankind has upon nature and the animal kingdom. It is the animal that solicits Kuo's projects, and most strongly connects her to the underlying sensibilities of her work. Linda feels that animals and nature are endowed with resilient mechanisms for survival, and posses the ability to continually adapt and yield to changing circumstances. However, their innate and intelligent systems of proficiency, are continually being stressed under the actions of humankind. With simplicity and openness, she hopes to create imagery that provokes consideration towards the preservation and responsible stewardship of our environment, and the sentient beings that inhabit our world. Linda has been nominated for PDN's 30: Emerging Photographers to Watch, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Slate, and Photograph. Linda's photography has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona among other national and international exhibitions. In addition to photography, Linda is a certified yoga instructor specializing in rehabilitation and injury, passionate about the violin, and interested in Asian culture. Linda lives in New York with her family and continues to work on her long term projects.