Category: Thoughts and Musings

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

| September 5, 2016 | 10 Replies

Please read first: The following article was originally published in On Landscape Magazine—a fine online publication consistently featuring excellent writing and photography. It also requires a paid subscription. Undoubtedly there’s a plethora of excellent content available online for free, which is a great privilege of our digital age. But regardless of this fact, I believe […]

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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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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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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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My Idea of Good Art

My Idea of Good Art

| March 6, 2016 | 13 Replies

In a thoroughly commercialized society, an artist is respected if he makes money, and because he makes money, but there is no genuine respect for the works of art by which his money has been made. ~Bertrand Russell In a neighborhood where I used to live, for a short period of time, there was an Indian […]

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Positive Negativity

Positive Negativity

| February 15, 2016 | 18 Replies

There is nothing so wrong as accepting a thing merely because men who have done things say it should be so. ~Alfred Stieglitz Among the most rewarding and liberating things I have come to accept about my work is that much so-called “common sense” advice is entirely not applicable to accomplishing my creative goals. In fact, […]

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