Tag: creative

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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The Meaning of Words

The Meaning of Words

| July 17, 2014 | 12 Replies

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. –Joan Miro Upon the publication of my first of a series of essays in LensWork Magazine, a fellow photographer I respect and with whom I corresponded in the past wrote to congratulate me, and also mentioned he was not comfortable […]

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How To Be Creative

How To Be Creative

| January 19, 2014 | 7 Replies

 “Language serves not only to express thoughts, but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it.” –Bertrand Russell I’m writing about creativity today. When thinking about such elusive topics I often start with a “seed,” then mull it over and see where it may lead me. This post is my “thinking out loud” […]

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Finding the Needle (Part II)

Finding the Needle (Part II)

| May 15, 2012 | 22 Replies

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” –Sir Ken Robinson In my earlier post I highlighted those qualities I find admirable in good teachers and that I […]

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Finding the Needle (Part I)

Finding the Needle (Part I)

| May 14, 2012 | 10 Replies

“… even if a person is lucky enough to experience a useful epiphany, that new idea is rarely the end of the creative process. The sobering reality is that the grandest revelations often still need work. The new idea … has to be refined, the rough draft of the right hemisphere transformed into a finished […]

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Interview with Michael Gordon

Interview with Michael Gordon

| June 4, 2011 | 13 Replies

In this installment of my interview series with creative photographers, I posed some questions to my good friend and photographer Michael Gordon. By way of a disclaimer, Michael and I have been friends for well over a decade. We shared many miles on the trails, many campfire conversations and many memorable experiences in the wild. […]

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Bits & Pieces (6/2/2011)

Bits & Pieces (6/2/2011)

| June 2, 2011 | 3 Replies

Attempting to determine objective reality is the business of scientists, journalists, and priests. Creative artists work in the subjective.

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Interview with Roberta Murray

Interview with Roberta Murray

| May 18, 2011 | 10 Replies

This is the first in a series of interviews with photographers I consider creative and innovative. Those who followed this blog for a while know that I am committed to making the case for photography as a fine art. To that end, I seek out those who dare to defy convention and to chart their […]

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Don’t be an Idiot

Don’t be an Idiot

| May 8, 2011 | 47 Replies

“Great photographers are a combination of wizard and idiot savant. They do what they do without truly understanding how, then make up a lot of convoluted theory to cover up their own ignorance of who and what they really are. Because of the self-doubt that nags photographers, photography’s power as an art goes on being […]

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Creative Processing Techniques eBook Now Available!

Creative Processing Techniques eBook Now Available!

| April 30, 2011 | 5 Replies

I am proud to announce that my new 168-page Creative Processing Techniques eBook is now available for purchase. The book took nearly 6 months to write and describes my creative approach to digital image processing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. In addition to hands-on techniques, examples, and exercises, the eBook also describes my workflow-based approach […]

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