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March 25, 2009 > Images of beauty

Images of beauty

Submitted By Steve Munzel

The videos are documentaries showing features found in our neighborhood parks. All are shown on MCTV Cable Access Channel 26 at noon on Saturdays, and individually throughout the broadcast day between other programming. Search for "Creighton Park" on YouTube for an example.

The sound tracks of the videos are traditional jazz pieces that are all in the public domain. The song writer and the MIDI (music) encoder or performer are both given credit in each video. On the YouTube sample version, personal names of myself and others who shot the images, performed the music, and edited the clips are not shown.

The object was to reintroduce the Milpitas community to our parks by showing the best features to be found in them. Many of the images in the videos are of fruits and flowers and details that the typical park visitor may not have noticed. For example, a piece of playground equipment can become a work of sculpture if viewed from a certain angle or with the light just right.

In producing the series I wanted to show our community what they may have missed the last time they were in their local park and to encourage the park visitor to see beyond the obvious and find beauty where it exists. Many people think they have to travel to Yosemite or the Taj Mahal to get an image of beauty, but really there is a lot of beauty not so far from their front doors if they will look for it.

There are fourteen videos completed so far. We have seventeen traditional neighborhood parks and several tiny "urban parks," and, of course, it looks like the Hetchy Hetchy right of way eventually will be turned into a long, very narrow park, so the series is still a work in progress.

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