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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Contemplation, Meditation, Mindfulness

Contemplation, Meditation, Mindfulness

| August 24, 2016 | 8 Replies

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. ~Pablo Picasso The great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson characterized photography as recognizing “simultaneously and within a fraction of a second both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.” I sometimes joke that if Cartier-Bresson tried to make […]

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Desert Summer Afternoon

Desert Summer Afternoon

| August 9, 2016 | 2 Replies

Here I possessed nothing in the world. I was no more than a mortal strayed between sand and stars, conscious of the single blessing of breathing. And yet I discovered myself filled with dreams. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery It’s summer in the desert. The intense silence on a hazy afternoon broken only by the soft whisper […]

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Making Meaning

Making Meaning

| July 23, 2016 | 10 Replies

It’s all so meaningless, we may as well be extraordinary. ~Francis Bacon As I have before, I found myself again struggling with the term, “meaningful.” It is a term I use quite frequently in my writing when relating to the things I want to experience and to express in my work—the things I consider the most profound and important […]

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Forget The Ages

Forget The Ages

| July 10, 2016 | 8 Replies

  That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an […]

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Time Management

Time Management

| June 18, 2016 | 4 Replies

A version of this essay originally appeared in Landscape Photography Magazine. ~~~ For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments’ sake. ~Walter Pater Among the reasons I prefer to work alone in the landscape is that I like […]

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Spirituality Beyond Platitudes

Spirituality Beyond Platitudes

| June 7, 2016 | 11 Replies

When the things one seeks to express in art are rooted in real, moving, inspiring, life-affirming, experiences; a constellation of spiritual effects converge.

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Restlessness

Restlessness

| May 26, 2016 | 12 Replies

I believe that curiosity, wonder, and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways less intense emotions can never do. ~Kay Redfield Jamison I had to visit the canyon again, not for any reason I could […]

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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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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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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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