Tag: creativity

The Tyranny of Plans

The Tyranny of Plans

| June 22, 2015 | 6 Replies

This essay was originally published in my monthly column in Landscape Photography Magazine. Please consider subscribing to this excellent online publication. ~~~ We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Eat Your Crow and Be Done With It

Eat Your Crow and Be Done With It

| November 4, 2009 | 17 Replies

The Internet seemingly never forgets. Out of curiosity, I pulled up some of my older postings on various photography forums. Some of them made me cringe. I said some pretty foolish things over the years. At times I was inexplicably loyal to one brand or another, I’ve been a Large Format snob, an ignorant film […]

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