Category: Thoughts and Musings

My Audience

My Audience

| April 13, 2015 | 10 Replies

Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you’ve got an audience. –Diogenes Laërtius A marketing maven (which I am not) suggested to me that I give some thought to who my audience is, and to target my writing and images to it. Despite such advice, however, I […]

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Big Thoughts

Big Thoughts

| April 2, 2015 | 5 Replies

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. –Walt Whitman We live in momentous times, although I don’t think that too many people ponder this fact in the course of daily life, which is a shame. We are in the midst of mass extinction of life on planet Earth, and by now […]

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Difficult Questions

Difficult Questions

| March 30, 2015 | 13 Replies

And I say to you, before you give your time, and you will have to give much, to photography, find out in yourselves how much it means to you. If you really want to paint, then do not photograph except as you may want to amuse yourselves along with the rest of Mr. Eastman’s customers. […]

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If You Don’t Get That

If You Don’t Get That

| March 24, 2015 | 6 Replies

But lo! men have become the tools of their tools. –Henry David Thoreau I recently came across an essay proclaiming to tell readers how to get the most out of their new camera, starting, like so many similar ones, with the suggestion to read the manual – perhaps one of the worst bits of advice […]

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What is Enough

What is Enough

| March 17, 2015 | 6 Replies

Fix a limit which you will not even desire to pass, should you have the power. At last, then, away with all these treacherous goods! They look better to those who hope for them than to those who have attained them. –Lucius Annaeus Seneca We tend to take visual art – the symbolizing of things […]

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On Hotdogs and Swiss Watches

On Hotdogs and Swiss Watches

| March 4, 2015 | 13 Replies

Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. –William S. Burroughs I was reminded recently of one of my first forays with a professional photographer, several years before I decided […]

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Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

| March 2, 2015 | 3 Replies

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. –George Bernard Shaw Painter Edvard Munch (of Scream fame) was also an avid photographer, however he did not quite consider photography and painting as equally worthy forms of art, saying that the camera will never compete with the brush and palette “until such time as […]

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Waiting for Apollo

Waiting for Apollo

| February 22, 2015 | 2 Replies

Craftsmanship is the fundamental basis which you can learn and develop provided you start with absolute respect for your materials, which, as students of photography, are a machine called camera and the chemistry of light and other agents upon metals. The living element, the plus, you can also develop if it is potentially there. It […]

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Vocational Selection

Vocational Selection

| February 10, 2015 | 7 Replies

Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.  –Aldo Leopold Many think of science as the study of hard facts founded in theories regarding quantifiable things, from sub-atomic particles to stars and galaxies, and every configuration of matter in between. This characterization is known as the materialist view of science, which is distinct from […]

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Art and Philosophy

Art and Philosophy

| January 27, 2015 | 9 Replies

There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers. Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live. To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, […]

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