Author Archive: Guy Tal

Guy Tal is a published author and photographic artist. He resides in a remote part of Utah, in a high desert region known as the Colorado Plateau – a place that inspired him deeply for much of his life and that continues to feature in his images and writing. In his photographic work, Guy seeks to articulate a reverence for the wild. He writes about, and teaches, the values of living a creative life and finding fulfillment through one’s art.

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The Inner Experience

The Inner Experience

| May 18, 2016 | 3 Replies

Without the precondition of a moving experience, I may still enjoy some pleasing view or interesting phenomenon but will usually not make a photograph of it.

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Moab Photography Symposium: Personalizing Place

Moab Photography Symposium: Personalizing Place

| May 3, 2016 | 3 Replies

What makes a place personal is not the photographs you take from it, but the experiences and moods and lessons you associate with it.

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What To Do With Photographs?

What To Do With Photographs?

| April 13, 2016 | 7 Replies

But before all else a work of art is the creation of love. Love for the subject first and for the medium second. Love is the fundamental necessity underlying the need to create, underlying the emotion that gives it form, and from which grows the unfinished product that is presented to the world. Love is […]

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Must I Photograph?

Must I Photograph?

| April 7, 2016 | 4 Replies

Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to […]

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Varieties of Time

Varieties of Time

| March 28, 2016 | 4 Replies

… we have an interval, and then our place knows us no more. Some spend this interval in listlessness, some in high passions, the wisest, at least among ‘the children of this world,’ in art and song. For our one chance lies in expanding that interval, in getting as many pulsations as possible into the […]

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The Paradox of Expectations

The Paradox of Expectations

| March 23, 2016 | 3 Replies

… all that is positive, the whole creative content, of that spiritual experience which is called awakening, nirvana, must of necessity happen by itself. It not only cannot but must not be induced by trying and willing, since anything that one could will wouldn’t be it. ~Alan Watts Earlier this week I noted something different about […]

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Zen And the Art of Landscape Photography

Zen And the Art of Landscape Photography

| March 12, 2016 | 20 Replies

The most interesting aspect of these arts of Zen, as D. T. Suzuki has said, is that they don’t exist for the sole purpose of creating a work of art, but they are rather a method for opening the creative process. They comprise means of training the mind and of living our lives. ~John Daido […]

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My Idea of Good Art

My Idea of Good Art

| March 6, 2016 | 13 Replies

In a thoroughly commercialized society, an artist is respected if he makes money, and because he makes money, but there is no genuine respect for the works of art by which his money has been made. ~Bertrand Russell In a neighborhood where I used to live, for a short period of time, there was an Indian […]

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Positive Negativity

Positive Negativity

| February 15, 2016 | 18 Replies

There is nothing so wrong as accepting a thing merely because men who have done things say it should be so. ~Alfred Stieglitz Among the most rewarding and liberating things I have come to accept about my work is that much so-called “common sense” advice is entirely not applicable to accomplishing my creative goals. In fact, […]

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We Who?

We Who?

| February 9, 2016 | 7 Replies

Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact it is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator among its practitioners is in the instrument. ~Henri Cartier-Bresson Tribalism is a curious phenomenon of the human psyche, likely linked with some evolutionary advantages of banding together at times when membership in a collective […]

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