Tag: art

On Inspiration

On Inspiration

| July 30, 2015 | 4 Replies

… the Muse first of all inspires men herself; and from these inspired persons a chain of other persons is suspended, who take the inspiration. For all good poets, epic as well as lyric, compose their beautiful poems not by art, but because they are inspired and possessed. –Socrates (via Plato) I have heard fellow […]

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“The” Shot is Still a Low Bar

“The” Shot is Still a Low Bar

| July 15, 2015 | 10 Replies

Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art. –Man Ray I recently saw a photograph hailed as “the” shot of a certain oft-photographed mountain. What made it “the” shot was the presence of spectacular sunset sky, which indeed was impressive […]

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The Human Condition

The Human Condition

| July 8, 2015 | 3 Replies

So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair. –Antonin Artaud It was with some delight that I recently received an academic text on photography that I had […]

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For Art’s Sake

For Art’s Sake

| July 5, 2015 | 3 Replies

I have studied the art of the masters and the art of the moderns, avoiding any preconceived system and without prejudice. I have no more wanted to imitate the former than to copy the latter; nor have I thought of achieving the idle aim of art for art’s sake. –Gustave Courbet Despite having the opportunity, […]

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The Interval

The Interval

| June 23, 2015 | 3 Replies

I have asked myself whether the short time given us would be better used in an attempt to understand the whole of the universe or to assimilate what is within our reach. –Paul Cézanne I wonder, sometimes, if by dedicating my work mostly to the desert of my home I may have set my sights […]

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The Patina of Digitality

The Patina of Digitality

| May 27, 2015 | 12 Replies

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it. –Rollo May Speaking about the role of the artist in conservation, Ansel Adams proclaimed, “The curse of all art is the patina of sentimentality.” Perhaps a curious observation from one who devoted much of his life and work to promote […]

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Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers

| May 8, 2015 | 4 Replies

In the arching immensity of the night, each tells the story of his life, each offers the other the burden of memories in which the human bond is discovered. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery With the experiences of the recent Moab Photography Symposium still fresh in my mind, and with my thinking still a little fuzzy as I’m […]

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My Audience

My Audience

| April 13, 2015 | 11 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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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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