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

Photography, Beauty and Timidness

Since I was a little kid I considered myself a timid person. I always hide my true self behind a shell of silence and awkwardness.


It's not easy to be a timid person, I believe is harder to be timid than bold. Being timid is constant hard work failing to block your original personality to show a silent and “perfect” being.  

Yes I said perfect because that’s why timid people are timid. We are so scared to be criticized that we sphincter ourselves believing that we will be able to fool people into not seeing beyond our shell.


That’s where photography comes into play for me, because I found a way to be me and say what I want to say without risking of being me. The tricky part was that the result was the opposite, the more I shoot the more I have to take the risk to show you how I see my world and what is important to myself.

This risk taking issue has affected me, because I have to live this double life where I hide myself and show myself at the same time. Today I decided to open myself, leave my shell behind and take the commitment of being me from now on.


I decide to turn away from perfectionism and anxiety, leave all the BS and start enjoying all this process.

We will see how this decision will affect the way I see and capture the world.