Category: Thoughts and Musings

The Value of Originality

The Value of Originality

| January 15, 2018 | 13 Replies

The following article was originally published in LensWork Magazine. If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution. ~Rollo May It is rare that I find reason to […]

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Twenty Seventeen

Twenty Seventeen

| January 3, 2018 | 2 Replies

As in past years, I sit to write this post pondering the significance of the ending of 2017. There isn’t one, for me. Or, at least there isn’t one founded in any meaningful milestone or other consequential event in my life or work. But, as I realized in past years, pausing to reflect on the events of a full year is good in itself, and seems especially worthy when shared alongside similar reflections by many of my colleagues.

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Knowledge and Imagination

Knowledge and Imagination

| December 21, 2017 | 8 Replies

Intelligence, imagination, talent, and creativity will get nowhere without a basis of knowledge and skills, and for this education must be sufficiently structured and focused. But an education too rigid, too formulaic, too lacking in narrative, may kill the once-active, inquisitive mind of a child. ~Oliver Sacks Albert Einstein may be the quintessential genius of […]

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Dimensions of Experience

Dimensions of Experience

| September 3, 2017 | 11 Replies

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. ~John Muir I made fresh tracks for the last ten miles or so of a recently flooded two-track road in a largely anonymous part of the […]

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Drawing The Line

Drawing The Line

| July 16, 2017 | 18 Replies

I recognize that sometimes viewers may assume about my work what lawyers call, “facts not in evidence,” namely that I push the boundaries of (to borrow a term from Ansel Adams) “departure from reality” to a greater extent than I actually do.

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Reawakening

Reawakening

| June 5, 2017 | 45 Replies

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. ~W. […]

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Quiet Adventures

Quiet Adventures

| April 12, 2017 | 6 Replies

This article was adapted from a piece I wrote for PHOTOGRAPH Magazine in 2015.   Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease. ~Naguib Mahfouz After three days in the canyon I finally settled into the rhythm of the place. Around 5am each day, just before first light, […]

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Not That Kind of Photographer

Not That Kind of Photographer

| February 22, 2017 | 13 Replies

What’s in the frame of the photograph matters artistically, to be sure, but what’s outside the frame can destroy it. ~Philip Hyde One of the most pervasive problems facing creative photographers, and especially those of us working with natural aesthetics, is that many assume we all do the same thing—spend our days in pursuit of […]

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Unknowable Unknowns

Unknowable Unknowns

| January 19, 2017 | 19 Replies

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the […]

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Art, Existentialism and Freedom

Art, Existentialism and Freedom

| January 14, 2017 | 6 Replies

I found these words in my archive recently. They were originally written a few years ago but never published. At the time I wondered if it would be premature for me to espouse such provocative thoughts. In the years since, my confidence in them has only grown stronger. ~~ To create is likewise to give a […]

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