Category: Thoughts and Musings

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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Rewarding Creativity

Rewarding Creativity

| January 3, 2017 | 1 Reply

To award prizes is to attempt to control the course of another man’s work. It is a bid to have him do what you will approve. It affects not only the one who wins the award, but all those who in any measure strive for it. ~Robert Henri A few months ago, some who follow […]

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Twenty Sixteen

Twenty Sixteen

| December 26, 2016 | 2 Replies

Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What […]

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Treasured Lands: A Remarkable Book

Treasured Lands: A Remarkable Book

| December 13, 2016 | 2 Replies

A book gives you the intimacy of the images, the wall gives you the grandeur of the stuff, and you can’t usually get both at the same time. ~Minor White I write this post hoping you will not consider it as a veiled promotion. It is not meant as such. I feel compelled to pay homage […]

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To: That Young Photographer

To: That Young Photographer

| November 22, 2016 | 8 Replies

No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk […]

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Legacies in Peril

Legacies in Peril

| October 21, 2016 | 12 Replies

Consider this a plea to the Weston family, to the Adams estate, and to anyone who owns rights to the works of great photographers of the past to please make the investment in making these available in electronic format.

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The Meaning of Places

The Meaning of Places

| October 6, 2016 | 9 Replies

There is a world of difference between a place as experience and partner in a lasting relationship, and a place considered as just a photographic subject. The latter does not interest me much.

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Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

| September 5, 2016 | 12 Replies

The following article was originally published in On Landscape Magazine. Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value. Roads would be a desecration, crowds would ruin it. ~Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter Most […]

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