Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More


Laurence Platt Photo Album

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

February 3, 2009



This essay, Laurence Platt Photo Album, is the fourth in a quintology comprising The Laurence Platt Story:
  1. Laurence Platt Autobiography
  2. Laurence Platt Autobiography II
  3. Laurence Platt Intersections
  4. Laurence Platt Photo Album
  5. Laurence Platt And Associates
in that order.

I am indebted to Marissa Carlisle and to Anna Taglieri and to Peter Stanford and to Richard Cutttler and to my daughter Alexandra Lindsey Platt and to Arthur Pufford and to Tamara Saitowitz and to Katryn Jehane Price and to Paula Zolezzi and to Elizabeth Russell and to Christine Mercado and to my brother Brandon "Bang" David Platt and to Daniel McAlpine and to Victoria Hamilton-Rivers and to Lawrence Williams and to Father Avram Brown and to Digne Mellor‑Menkowicz and to Carl Monroe Cheney and to my mother Andee Platt and to Claudette Crump and to Karen Donovan and to my son Joshua Nelson Platt and to Peter Ashken and to Elize Naudé Greeff and to Michael Schropp and to my nephew David Asher Platt and to Madeline Groneman and to Anita Lynn Erhard and to Wernher Krutein and to John Anthony Wheeler and to Dierdre Beck and to Yeiber Cano and to Jacob Mack and to Joseph Barker and to George Afremow and to Lance Lowenberg and to my father Asher Manfred Platt and to my son Christian Laurence Platt and to Deborah Bowen and to Austin Pardo and to Gail Manley and to Nahid Kasra and to Verizon Wireless who inspired this conversation, and to Fred Gruber and to Susan Shafer and to Anna Taglieri and to Charlene Afremow and to my daughter Alexandra Lindsey Platt who contributed material.



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Many of the photographs of me in this photo album appear in the same order, left to right, top to bottom, as they appeared at the end of the Conversations For Transformation website home page. Others which appear in essays rather than on the home page, don't.

These photographs show my appearance. But, not shown in these photographs, it's my speaking  which brings forth transformation. Transformation shows up in my mouth  and, with my profound gratitude to you for what you make possible simply by the act of listening, in your ears  (as Werner Erhard may have said).

It's often been noted how futile it is to hunt butterflies. Once you've captured them, they've lost the very quality they had which made you want to own them in the first place: their freedom.

So it is with these Conversations For Transformation. By writing them down I've taken them out of the domain of transformation ie out of the domain of the spoken word, out of the domain of speaking  and listening, and put them into a mere close approximation  to transformation ie into the domain of the written word, into the domain of writing  and reading. When I write them down they lose some of the very quality which made them noteworthy in the first place.

What I write as these Conversations For Transformation may leave you with an experience of transformation. Indeed, it's my intention they will. What I look like  is only secondary to this process - in all likelihood it plays very little part in it at all.
Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Photography by Marissa Carlisle - Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Napa Valley, California, USA - 2:36pm Saturday September 7, 2002
 
Photography by Anna Taglieri - Landmark Forum - Islandia Marriott, Long Island, New York, USA - Sunday February 9, 2003
 
Napa Valley, California, USA - 3:49pm Saturday September 7, 2002
 
Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Photography by Peter Stanford
 
Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Photography by Richard Cutttler - Cape Town, South Africa - 1970
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Vallejo, California, USA
 
Photography by Arthur Pufford - Napa Valley, California, USA - December 2006
 
Photography by Tamara Saitowitz - London, England
 
Photography by Katryn Jehane Price - Guerneville, California, USA
 
Photography by Anita Lynn Erhard - Petaluma, California, USA - 7:42pm Saturday March 13, 2004
 
Photography by Paula Zolezzi - Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa - 8:35pm Saturday November 4, 2006
 
Photography by Marissa Carlisle - Napa Valley, California, USA
 

 
Photography by Elizabeth Russell - Redwood City, California, USA
 
Photography by Christine Mercado - 3:12pm Thursday June 28, 2007
 
Photography by Brandon Platt - Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa
 
Photography by Elizabeth Russell - Jamestown, Tuolumne County, California, USA - 8:18am Sunday March 26, 2006
 
Photography by Daniel McAlpine - 2:05pm Saturday April 14, 2007
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 

 
Photography by Joshua Platt - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Alexandra's Graduation from Napa High School - Memorial Stadium, Napa, USA - Wednesday June 11, 2008
with
Alexandra and Joshua
Photography by Joshua Platt - Butter Cream Bakery, Napa, California, USA
 
Photography by Lawrence Williams - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Greenbrae, California, USA
 
... fifteen years earlier ... - Napa Valley, California, USA
with
Joshua
Photography by Father Avram Brown - Napa Valley, California, USA - Thursday September 11, 2003
with
Alexandra
Photography by Digne Mellor-Menkowicz - Kössen, Austria - August 1971
with Maharish Mahesh Yogi
Photography by Carl Monroe Cheney - Napa Valley, California, USA
with
Joshua and Alexandra and Christian
Photography by Andee Platt - Bergvliet, Cape Town, South Africa - 1951
with
my father Asher Manfred
Cape Town, South Africa - April 1967
 
Artwork by The United States Mint - Collage by Laurence Platt - Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Napa Valley, California, USA - 2:36pm Saturday September 7, 2002
with Lama Lobsang Tsering
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Applebees, Napa, California, USA - 7:12pm Sunday June 28, 2009
with Alexandra
Photography by Claudette Crump - Malibu, California, USA - 11:15am Sunday June 10, 2007
with
Joshua
Photography by Karen Donovan - Sonoma Valley, California, USA
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Photography by Joshua and Laurence Platt - ... fifteen years later ... - Muir Beach, California, USA
with
Joshua
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
with
Joshua
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
 

 
Photography by Christine Mercado - 3:12pm Thursday June 28, 2007
with
Robyn Symon
Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa - 9:42pm Wednesday March 26, 2003
with Blaise Koch
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 59th Birthday, 11:48am Monday June 8, 2009
59th Birthday
Photography by Soldier Of Fortune Magazine - Hayvenhurst Avenue, Encino, California, USA - May 1985
with Joseph Jackson
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Oak Leaf Ranch, East Napa, California, USA - 7:19pm Friday June 19, 2009
with Patient Horse
Photography by Elize Naudé Greeff
with Vyan
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Applebees, Napa, California, USA - 7:12pm Sunday June 28, 2009
 
Photography by David Asher Platt - Cape Town, South Africa
with Anthea and my mother Andee and Brandon
Napa Winery Shuttle - Napa Valley, California, USA
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
with
Alexandra
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Canal Grande, Venezia, Italia - 6:32pm Monday August 10, 2009
with
Alexandra
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
 
Photography by Peter Ashken - Chameleon House, Harleston, Norfolk, England
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Canal Grande, Venezia, Italia - 6:32pm Monday August 10, 2009
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Stinson Beach, California, USA - 11:12am Friday September 11, 2009
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
with
Alexandra
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 6:22pm Sunday November 29, 2009
with
Joshua
Cape Town, South Africa - November 1968
 
Photography by Madeline Groneman - Hamilton-Rivers Family and Friends Thanksgiving Reunion - Muir Beach, California, USA - 11:35am Sunday November 29, 2009
with Friends
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 5:24pm Sunday March 7, 2010
with
Joshua and Christian
Photography by Anita Lynn Erhard - Petaluma, California, USA - 7:42pm Saturday March 13, 2004
with Dorothy
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Goleta Beach, California, USA - Saturday October 10, 2009
 

 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Christian Platt Graduation - Justin-Siena High School North Lawn, Napa, California, USA - 11:19am Saturday June 5, 2010
with
Christian
Image by Wernher Krutein / photovalet.com - Golden Eagle Film Locations, Two Rock Ranch, Two Rock, California, USA - 12:00 noon Tuesday June 8, 2010
60th Birthday
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Somewhere at 38,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean - 2:12pm Friday July 9, 2010
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Waikīkī Beach, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawai'i, USA - 5:39pm Friday July 9, 2010
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Judd's Hill Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA - 12:28pm Monday August 2, 2010
 
Photography by John Anthony Wheeler - Waimānalo Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i, USA - 11:01am Saturday July 10, 2010
 
Photography by Dierdre Beck, Muir Beach, California, USA - 6:32pm Monday August 23, 2010
with
Alexandra
Photography by Alexandra Platt - El Rastro, Madrid, Spain - 1:10pm Sunday October 10, 2010
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain - 2:40pm Sunday October 10, 2010
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Stinson Beach, California, USA - 0:22am Friday September 11, 2009
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 11:25am Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25, 2010
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Waimānalo Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i, USA - 12:00 noon Saturday July 10, 2010
 
Photography by Yeiber Cano - Palo Alto, California, USA - 7:35pm Sunday January 14, 2007
Laurence Platt Video Interview on YouTube
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Sand Script by Laurence Platt - Le Plage de Mogador, Port d'Essaouira, Morocco - 12:48pm Friday March 11, 2011
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - La Plage de Mogador, Port d'Essaouira, Morocco - 4:36pm Thursday March 10, 2011
Laurence Platt Video Interview on YouTube
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain - 2:40pm Sunday October 10, 2010 - Edit based on an idea by Laurence Platt
 
Photography by Paula Zolezzi - Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa - 9:42pm Saturday November 4, 2006
with
my mother Andee
Self Portrait - Somerset, New Jersey, USA - 8:03pm Wednesday June 8, 2011
61st Birthday
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Point Reyes, California, USA - 1:42pm Sunday July 17, 2011
with Alexandra
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Point Reyes, California, USA - 1:56pm Sunday July 17, 2011
 
Photography by Jacob Mack - Pelican Park, Isla Vista, California, USA - 1:52pm Sunday August 28, 2011
with
Christian and Alexandra
Photography by Jacob Mack - Pelican Park, Isla Vista, California, USA - 1:52pm Sunday August 28, 2011
with
Christian and Alexandra and Joshua
University of California at Santa Barbara - Goleta, California, USA - 12:22pm Tuesday October 11, 2011
with Alexandra on her 21st birthday
Photography by Yeiber Cano - Muir Beach, California, USA - 1:35pm Saturday October 22, 2011
Laurence Platt Video Interview II on YouTube
Photography by Yeiber Cano - Muir Beach, California, USA - 4:32pm Saturday October 22, 2011
Laurence Platt Video Interview III on YouTube
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - 'Anini Beach, Kīilauea, Kaua'i, Hawai'i, USA - 10:34am Sunday December 4, 2011
 
Christmas 1999
with
Christian
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 3:35pm Friday March 2, 2012
 
Photography by George Afremow - Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California, USA - 8:07pm Sunday March 22, 2012
with Charlene Afremow
March 10, 2012
Self Portrait
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Muir Beach, California, USA - 5:11pm Friday June 8, 2012
62nd Birthday
Cape Town, South Africa - April 1967
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - UC at Santa Barbara Graduation - Isla Vista, California, USA - 3:24pm Friday June 15, 2012
with
Alexandra
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Rincon, California, USA - 5:59pm Saturday June 16, 2012
boogie boarding Rincon
Photography by Lance Lowenberg - Goleta, California, USA - 7:40pm Friday July 27, 2012
with
Christian on his 20th birthday
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA - 2:41pm Sunday October 21, 2012
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Alston Park, Napa Valley, California, USA - 8:54am Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 26, 2009
 
Photography by Joshua Platt - San Francisco International Airport, California, USA - 1:14pm Friday January 11, 2013
with Joshua
Laurence Guy Platt - Photography by Alexandra Platt - Nuffield House, Guy's Hospital - Borough of Southwark, London, England - 12:37pm Sunday January 13, 2013
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Parliament Square, London, England - 12:11pm Monday January 14, 2013
with
Nelson Mandela
Abbey Road Zebra Crossing and Studio - Photography by Alexandra Platt - St John's Wood, London, England - 1:01pm Monday January 14, 2013 - Collage by Laurence Platt
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - London Eye, London, England - 2:19pm Saturday January 19, 2013
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 6:49pm Thursday February 21, 2013
 
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA
 
Photography by Asher Manfred Platt - Macassar Beach, Cape Town, South Africa - 1957
with
Anthea and my mother Andee and Brandon
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - Muir Beach, California, USA - 3:51pm Saturday June 8, 2013
63rd Birthday
Photography by Victoria Hamilton-Rivers - San Francisco International Airport, California, USA - 6:52pm Thursday June 20, 2013
 
Buellton, California, USA

2:08:01pm Wednesday March 27, 2010
with
Alexandra
Photography by Christian Platt - Musket Cove, Malolo Lailai, Mamanucas, Fiji - 12:36pm Sunday June 30, 2013
 
Photography by Deborah Bowen - Sonoma, California, USA - 7:31pm Saturday July 20, 2013
 
Photograph courtesy Verizon Wireless - Warren, New Jersey, USA - 3:19pm Thursday June 9, 2011
training Verizon Wireless mainframe computer operators
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Santa Barbara, California, USA - 1:42pm Saturday December 7, 2013
 
Photography by Austin Pardo - Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA - 10:36:14pm Sunday February 9, 2014
with
Alexandra and Christian and Joshua
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Sankt Petri Kyrka, Göran Olsgatan, Malmö, Sweden - 12:41:12pm Monday February 17, 2014
 
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Santa Barbara, California, USA - 2:32:01pm Monday March 10, 2014
Latest -V
with
Alexandra
Photography by Karen Donovan - Sonoma, California, USA - 10:59:01am Sunday June 8, 2014
Latest -IV
64th Birthday
Photography by Alexandra Platt - Santa Barbara, California, USA - 4:07:11pm Saturday July 26, 2014
Latest -III
with
Alexandra
Photography by Gail Manley - Silverado Vineyards, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley, California, USA - 4:11:11pm Saturday October 25, 2014
Latest -II
 
Photography by Nahid Kasra - Sonoma, California, USA - 8:04:01pm Tuesday October 28, 2014
Latest -I
 
Sonoma, California, USA - 8:04pm Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014
LATEST
with
Alexandra



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