Category: Thoughts and Musings

Such Things Could Be

Such Things Could Be

| August 21, 2014 | Reply

The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, how did you do it, where did you find it, but they would say that such things could be. –Dorothea Lange It is with some trepidation that I confess to feeling a little pinch […]

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On Art and Writing

On Art and Writing

| August 7, 2014 | 4 Replies

I delight in photographs / I delight in words / I delight in mixing both / To see what happens if they bend / My pity for the pure photographer / My pity for the pure poet / Is tempered by the responsibility / I have to three media / Whereas they to only one. […]

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Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

| July 30, 2014 | 11 Replies

There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Shall we instead choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? I appeal as a human being to human beings; remember your humanity, and forget the rest. –Bertrand Russell A ponderous shadow darkened my thoughts these past few weeks and I […]

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The Meaning of Words

The Meaning of Words

| July 17, 2014 | 12 Replies

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. –Joan Miro Upon the publication of my first of a series of essays in LensWork Magazine, a fellow photographer I respect and with whom I corresponded in the past wrote to congratulate me, and also mentioned he was not comfortable […]

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Politicizing Art

Politicizing Art

| July 10, 2014 | 7 Replies

I had a bad day yesterday, though I should qualify such a statement with the acknowledgment of how fortunate I am to not experience many of them as a matter of course. I was overcome with concern and frustration with world events, compounded by a few personal conflicts. I was angry, and among my many […]

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Brain, Language and Legacy

Brain, Language and Legacy

| July 7, 2014 | 12 Replies

“I write, and I feel how the correct and precise use of words is sometimes like a remedy to an illness. Like a contraption for purifying the air, I breathe in and exhale the murkiness and manipulations of linguistic scoundrels and language rapists of all shades and colors. I write and I feel how the […]

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Contemplating Mystery

Contemplating Mystery

| June 30, 2014 | 4 Replies

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. –Albert Einstein A few weeks ago I posted about Tolerating Ambiguity. Among the responses was a beautifully written note from photographer Jamey Pyles describing a conflict he struggles with: How can I admire the mystery […]

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Forget Vision

Forget Vision

| June 21, 2014 | 13 Replies

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery Photographer Jay Maisel, when asked for advice about making more interesting photographs, famously responded: become a more interesting person. It is the kind of one-liner retort we all wish we […]

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The Price of Ease

The Price of Ease

| May 23, 2014 | 24 Replies

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so, he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” –Henri Matisse A month went by in a flurry of travel, workshops, exhibits and print orders, and it finally occurred to me […]

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On Significance

On Significance

| April 17, 2014 | 15 Replies

“The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant.” –Joseph Campbell For many years I used the term “meaningful” in my writing and teaching when referring to expressive images, by which I mean images that express something of the artist’s own mind rather than merely illustrating the objective, literal, characteristics of subjects or scenes […]

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