Category: Thoughts and Musings

Earning Your Medals

Earning Your Medals

| September 22, 2018 | 1 Reply

Whether a photograph is art is less important than whether the photographer is an artist.

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William Neill / Photographer – Retrospective

William Neill / Photographer – Retrospective

| September 19, 2018 | 3 Replies

Searching for a respite from grief, I backpacked through the wilderness and scrambled up the peaks with a near-desperate vigor. Long, hard hikes temporarily soothed my pain and helped me to fall into exhausted sleep at night. At some deep level, the beauty of my surroundings seeped into my subconscious—the lush colors of a meadow dense […]

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A Tombstone In Your Hands

A Tombstone In Your Hands

| August 31, 2018 | 15 Replies

Introducing his book, Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey wrote, “most of what I write about in this book is already gone or going under fast. This is not a travel guide but an elegy. A memorial. You’re holding a tombstone in your hands.” Without intending it, I realized a few years ago that the same has become true of many of my photographs.

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Take Yourself Seriously

Take Yourself Seriously

| August 14, 2018 | 15 Replies

To those who wish to become more serious—about photography or anything else—but struggle to find the first, or next, step, I offer this advice: seek out places, activities, and people you feel are worth caring about; and among these find those things or persons who can challenge you, and let them.

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Making Memories

Making Memories

| July 26, 2018 | 17 Replies

I went to visit with the canyon that has been a friend to me for all these years—the first of many canyons I came to know in this desert that is now my home, where I spent my first of many nights gazing into the cosmos through the arc of an alcove and felt free for the first time in my life; the canyon where, in the course of decades, I have come, time and again, to heal and to renew, to contemplate the great questions of life, to break down and to grieve, or for no reason at all—the canyon where the life I live today had began.

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The Implicit Contract

The Implicit Contract

| July 5, 2018 | 10 Replies

I believe that such an implicit contract in photography exists (or should exist) only in some contexts, and that there is no such contract that applies unequivocally to all photographs, and certainly not to all art.

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On Awe and Cynicism

On Awe and Cynicism

| June 2, 2018 | 4 Replies

There are moments, and it is only a matter of a few seconds, when you feel the presence of the eternal harmony … A terrible thing is the frightful clearness with which it manifests itself and the rapture with which it fills you … During these five seconds I live a whole human existence, and […]

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Casualties of Progress

Casualties of Progress

| March 18, 2018 | 4 Replies

The following article is based on one originally published in On Landscape Magazine. It is my hope that readers who appreciate high-quality content, hand-picked by photography-savvy editors, and free of advertising, consider subscribing to independent, subscriber-supported publications of this kind. Unfortunately what we call progress is nothing but the invasion of bipeds who do not rest […]

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Proudly Unsponsored

Proudly Unsponsored

| March 13, 2018 | 14 Replies

Where solitude ends, there begins the market-place; and where the market-place begins, there begins also the noise of the great actors, and the buzzing of the poison-flies. In the world even the best things are worthless without those who represent them: those showmen, the people call great men. Little, do the people understand what is […]

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The Value of Originality

The Value of Originality

| January 15, 2018 | 23 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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