Tag: art

The Brief Crack of Light

The Brief Crack of Light

| January 18, 2016 | 14 Replies

It is in vain that we can predict and control the course of events in the future, unless we know how to live in the present. It is in vain that doctors prolong life if we spend the extra time being anxious to live still longer. It is in vain that engineers devise faster and […]

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The Art & The Wild

The Art & The Wild

| December 26, 2015 | 6 Replies

If you have something to say about life, you must also find a way of saying it clearly. And if you achieve that clarity of both perception and the ability to record it, you will have created your own composition, your own kind of design, personal to you, related to other people’s, yet your own. […]

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The Expressive Photograph

The Expressive Photograph

| December 3, 2015 | 11 Replies

Pictures are exciting when they say something in a new manner, not for the sake of being different, but because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. ~Harry Callahan It seems there are three classes of photographers who venture to instruct others: there are those who teach technical skills and offer simple formulas […]

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Remaining Children

Remaining Children

| November 3, 2015 | 6 Replies

From childhood upward, everything is done to make the minds of men and women conventional and sterile. And if, by misadventure, some spark of imagination remains, its unfortunate possessor is considered unsound and dangerous … ~Bertrand Russell Winter’s chill is already in the air, as is the sweet smell of pine wood smoke emerging from […]

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More Than a Rock Book Now Shipping

More Than a Rock Book Now Shipping

| September 29, 2015 | 4 Replies

The print edition of my book, More Than a Rock, is now shipping from Amazon and other book sellers. PDF and other eBook editions are available from the publisher, Rocky Nook. From the publisher: Ostensibly about landscape photography, More Than a Rock: Essays on Art, Creativity, Photography, Nature, and Life is a passionate and personal book […]

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To Be Honest

To Be Honest

| September 12, 2015 | 6 Replies

The work of the art student is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone. But alone one gets acquainted […]

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First World Problems

First World Problems

| August 25, 2015 | 10 Replies

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It is hard, sometimes, to reconcile the many stark juxtapositions encountered in the course of everyday life. It takes little more than a few minutes of perusing world news to learn of the unspeakable plight of so many […]

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On Inspiration

On Inspiration

| July 30, 2015 | 7 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 | 11 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 | 4 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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