Tag: creativity

On Art and Writing

On Art and Writing

| August 7, 2014 | 4 Replies

I delight in photographs / I delight in words / I delight in mixing both / To see what happens if they bend / My pity for the pure photographer / My pity for the pure poet / Is tempered by the responsibility / I have to three media / Whereas they to only one. […]

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PDF eBook: More Than A Rock

PDF eBook: More Than A Rock

| March 10, 2014 | 1 Reply

As several readers asked for the book in a format readable on multiple platforms, I am pleased to announce that y latest book – More Than A Rock – is now available in PDF format for the price of $4.99 and can be ordered at my online bookstore. I very much appreciate your support of […]

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Tolerating Ambiguity

Tolerating Ambiguity

| March 4, 2014 | 5 Replies

One of the things I cherish about working in remote corners of the West is the quiet time behind the wheel on long empty roads among some of the wildest and most remote places in America. I keep a fairly slow pace, delegating the mechanics of operating the vehicle to the automated pilot living in […]

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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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Isolation

Isolation

| November 11, 2013 | 8 Replies

The following is a re-edited version of a column originally published in Landscape Photography Magazine. A subscription to this and similar pioneering publications helps support my work, and that of many excellent photographers and writers. ~~~ It may seem that the concept of social photography is a new one, but in fact photographers throughout history, […]

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Unproductive Coddling

Unproductive Coddling

| September 29, 2013 | 9 Replies

A few months ago I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at an outdoor writing workshop. Among the topics brought up in the discussion that ensued was one student’s predisposition for flowery writing laden with positive adjectives, and devoid of narrative that may be perceived as adverse or controversial. The professor, a friend […]

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What Makes an Artist

What Makes an Artist

| August 13, 2013 | 14 Replies

My friend Dan Baumbach recently shared a moving post on his blog, confessing his hesitation in calling himself an artist. I met others who were similarly apprehensive about the term, whether because of personal experience with other artists, trepidation about other people’s perceptions, or because they did not feel worthy of the term. Those who […]

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Punctuated Creativity

Punctuated Creativity

| July 19, 2013 | 11 Replies

It’s interesting, sometimes, to draw parallels among multiple disciplines. Today’s revelation came from thinking about a biological theory known as Punctuated Equilibrium, and how it relates to creative endeavors. In a nutshell, Punctuated Equilibrium is the theory that evolutionary change does not occur gradually and evenly over time, but, instead, happens in significant leaps at […]

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Processing and Fast Food

Processing and Fast Food

| July 17, 2013 | 6 Replies

… while photographing, the “tecnician” takes over and obscures the emotional side from my view. When printing, the emotional side takes over. –Minor White A couple of decades ago I made my first foray into black and white photography. Naively, I purchased a roll of Kodak T-Max, exposed it the same way I was used […]

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Aboutness

Aboutness

| May 27, 2013 | 8 Replies

I struggle to make meaningful images while traveling, especially in places that are new to me and/or where I feel like a casual visitor. In my images I strive to tell stories, and in order for me to be an effective storyteller I need to possess some intimate first-hand knowledge of my subjects – the […]

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