Why Art is Important?

Why art is important? Today in the social media era people are digesting images and video faster and in larger amounts than ever before in our history. With streaming technology people are listening to more music and video than ever before.

All this is very interesting and feels like the “future” to me, as a kid I always dreamed about the time where video games would look like reality and how cool would it be to have the whole Metallica discography at my reach with just pressing a button.

So where are I’m trying to go with this? the main point is that we have all this entertainment available for us and we take it for granted. All the images that you see on Facebook and Instagram from different artist and photographers where made with care and love for the craft, a piece to be appreciated and take the time to observe and digest. To have it on your wall for years and if you take the time and stop to look at it you would find something new, different and even inspiring. 

No matter what media it is if you take the time to look at it (or listen to it) for more than 5 seconds you will be able to connect with the real intention of the artist. All this rambling takes me to the main point of this post. Why art is important?

Art by itself is meaningless, we as conscious beings add value to the piece by connecting to it with our heart, mind and soul. Art can be inspiring, beautiful, meditative, shocking, can heal you, is emotional and has the ability to give you all this and more overtime. That’s why wealthy people collect fine art, because they can have anything they want, but they are able to see the value of things developing overtime, not just monetary value, but also “soul value”.

So if you find art that inspires you, collect it, talk about it, put it on your wall or your speakers and let it take beyond where you thought was not posible to be by just admiring an object created with care and intention.

Carlos “Hakuin” Ocando

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Sanando (Healing) New Portfolio

Sanando (Healing) is all about healing our wounds and how determination, inspiration and love can help us achieve anything we believe possible. When I started working on this portfolio I was in a transition point in my life, where I started meditating, exercising and taking a better care of myself.

This portfolio to me, is the perfect representation of what I was going trough in that point of my life. Most of the images are still life photos, macro or patterns created by nature, mainly small plants or exotic plants from japanese gardens.

Maybe you could use this as an inspiration to go beyond any limitation and create a better life for yourself, a daily reminder that can help you the same way it helped me.

I invite you to go to the Gallery section and check this new portfolio or check out the store if you want to buy one of the open edition prints that are for sale.

Carlos “Haku1n” Ocando

Featured on Magazine and Other News

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update about what's going on with my life and the website in general.

As you can see the website was updated and added a new portfolio and newer prints from the portfolio "Glimpses of Stillness" a panoramic body of work with black and white abstract landscapes.

New Portfolio available to purchase limited edition prints

New Portfolio available to purchase limited edition prints

The other news is that today I was featured on Voyage Houston Magazine, with an article and a few photos of my work and myself, please feel free to follow the link and check out the article.


Have an excellent day and rest of the week.

Take care!

Haku1n <--- who's this guy?

Everything is possible

To me everything is possible, sometimes I feel closer to this notion than others. But today I really want to feel that my life is improving, that I can follow my heart and let everything be and support myself and the people that I love and care about. 

Today's photo expresses that feeling of power, hope and love.


Happy thoughts to you my friends,



Hello, it's been a while since the last time I wrote something here. I've been full of work and other responsabilities.

Today I write this short post to let you know that I was shortlisted for the USA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016, with one of my favorite "Tree Portraits" from the body of work Komorebi. The image is called "Thank you / Perseverance" and it holds a very special place in my heart because I took it on my birthday in 2015. A magical fogy morning that I will never forget.