Tag: art

On Hotdogs and Swiss Watches

On Hotdogs and Swiss Watches

| March 4, 2015 | 5 Replies

Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. –William S. Burroughs I was reminded recently of one of my first forays with a professional photographer, several years before I decided […]

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Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

| March 2, 2015 | 3 Replies

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. –George Bernard Shaw Painter Edvard Munch (of Scream fame) was also an avid photographer, however he did not quite consider photography and painting as equally worthy forms of art, saying that the camera will never compete with the brush and palette “until such time as […]

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Waiting for Apollo

Waiting for Apollo

| February 22, 2015 | 2 Replies

Craftsmanship is the fundamental basis which you can learn and develop provided you start with absolute respect for your materials, which, as students of photography, are a machine called camera and the chemistry of light and other agents upon metals. The living element, the plus, you can also develop if it is potentially there. It […]

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Vocational Selection

Vocational Selection

| February 10, 2015 | 7 Replies

Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.  –Aldo Leopold Many think of science as the study of hard facts founded in theories regarding quantifiable things, from sub-atomic particles to stars and galaxies, and every configuration of matter in between. This characterization is known as the materialist view of science, which is distinct from […]

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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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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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End of Season Reflections

End of Season Reflections

| December 1, 2014 | 7 Replies

“… inevitably the bathroom mirror shows the first white hairs … inevitably eyesight begins to fail and mysterious pains begin to shoot through the body. … these intimations of mortality plainly communicate the message: Your time is up, it’s time to move on. When this happens, few people are ready. … Some try to ignore […]

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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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