Category: Thoughts and Musings

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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Art in Times of Click Baiting

Art in Times of Click Baiting

| January 20, 2015 | 22 Replies

If photography is allowed to supplement art in some of its functions, it will soon have supplanted or corrupted it altogether, thanks to the stupidity of the multitude, which is its natural ally. It is time, then, for it to return to its true duty, which is to be the servant of the sciences and […]

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Twenty Fourteen

Twenty Fourteen

| December 30, 2014 | 12 Replies

In the years to come I likely will look back at 2014 as a trying and emotional year – a year of great loss and great inspiration, great tragedy and great kindness, great disappointment and great friendship. In the final days of December, I traveled with close friends to spend a few days in one […]

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Of and About

Of and About

| December 9, 2014 | 3 Replies

This essay originally appeared in my monthly column for Landscape Photography Magazine. Please consider subscribing to this excellent online publication. ~~~ A thing is not what you say it is or what you photograph it to be or what you paint it to be or what you sculpt it to be. Words, photographs, paintings, and […]

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Wilderness and Me

Wilderness and Me

| November 15, 2014 | 9 Replies

For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite. –Leo Tolstoy I spent most of the last few weeks traveling and teaching. I interacted with more people in just the last month […]

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Love, Beauty and other Unfortunate Clichés

Love, Beauty and other Unfortunate Clichés

| October 6, 2014 | 9 Replies

Love is the fundamental necessity underlying the need to create, underlying the emotion that gives it form, and from which grows the unfinished product that is presented to the world. Love is the general criterion by which the rare photograph is judged. It must contain it to be not less than the best of which […]

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On Documentary Art

On Documentary Art

| September 24, 2014 | 4 Replies

Equivalency is the ability to use the visual world as the plastic material for the photographer’s expressive purposes. He may wish to employ the recording power of the medium, it is strong in photography, and document. Or he may wish to emphasize its transforming power, which is equally strong, and cause the subject to stand […]

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A Measure of Worth

A Measure of Worth

| September 11, 2014 | 8 Replies

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint […]

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Believing is Seeing

Believing is Seeing

| September 1, 2014 | 3 Replies

What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. –Eugene Delacroix A strange train of thought was set in motion when a fellow photographer asked me this seemingly simple question: “Where do you go for […]

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Such Things Could Be

Such Things Could Be

| August 21, 2014 | 6 Replies

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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