Category: Journal

Working From Home

Working From Home

| February 15, 2014 | 8 Replies

It may be true that art should be able to stand on its own, but I find that my appreciation of a given work almost always benefits significantly from knowing something about the artist, why they do what they do and how it relates to their stories and other forces in their life. In an […]

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2013 in Retrospect

2013 in Retrospect

| December 23, 2013 | 19 Replies

The end of a calendar year may seem an arbitrary time for reflection, but there’s something powerful about so many people doing it at the same time, making trends, commonalities and differences more pronounced as they can be readily examined side by side. 2013 was an unusual year for me. It was not as productive […]

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Healing Places

Healing Places

| December 11, 2013 | 11 Replies

We lost our beautiful dog Maggie this past weekend. She was about twelve – not young but not terribly old, either. Her passing was still sudden and unexpected. I remember picking her up at a dreary animal shelter all those years ago. Sarah could not bear to go in and see the caged animals, so […]

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Canyon Time

Canyon Time

| December 5, 2013 | 2 Replies

It had been about a month since I returned from Alberta, which marked the end of a busy workshop and travel season. Several projects were placed on hold around August and, with limited Internet access on the road, many emails remain unanswered. But, little by little, things are falling back into place. All open print […]

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Solastalgia

Solastalgia

| September 1, 2013 | 10 Replies

“the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home.’” –Glenn Albrecht (NY Times) I am home. This may seem an obvious proclamation, but it didn’t always mean the […]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. White

Happy Birthday, Mr. White

| July 9, 2013 | 2 Replies

This morning I wanted to take a moment to commemorate the birthday of Minor White, who is one of my greatest inspirations. I was first introduced to White’s work by way of Ansel Adams’ biography and after reading the Daybooks of Edward Weston. The transition from one to the next seemed like a continuum, from […]

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Knowledge and Mystery

Knowledge and Mystery

| June 25, 2013 | 9 Replies

A favorite mountain pass opened for the season this past weekend and I was able again to access one of my favorite camp sites, by a small lake at the edge of a high spruce and fir forest. Looking into the heavens on a dark night is a humbling and magical experience. For me, it […]

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2012 in Retrospect

2012 in Retrospect

| January 7, 2013 | 13 Replies

I struggle with the concept of grouping my work in arbitrary time slices, but I always find value in self-examination and introspection and so, I suppose the beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to look back and ponder. 2012 was a year of new creative directions for me. Beyond […]

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Heal Thyself

Heal Thyself

| December 17, 2012 | 11 Replies

I sat on my porch in the dark this morning, bundled up against the cold, listening to the wind in the trees. I didn’t want to be inside. I didn’t want to read the mundane emails and social media streams. I didn’t want to listen to the news, anymore. I didn’t want the comfort of […]

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Listening to The Stories

Listening to The Stories

| December 12, 2012 | 7 Replies

Many thoughts were on my mind as again I took to the long and empty roads, en route to meet with Michael and our Visionary Death Valley workshop group. A train of thoughts was set in motion just days before my departure, sparked by a startling revelation. I once suggested that the most important question […]

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