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Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

| July 30, 2014 | Reply

There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Shall we instead choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? I appeal as a human being to human beings; remember your humanity, and forget the rest. –Bertrand Russell A ponderous shadow darkened my thoughts these past few weeks and I […]

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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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Politicizing Art

Politicizing Art

| July 10, 2014 | 5 Replies

I had a bad day yesterday, though I should qualify such a statement with the acknowledgment of how fortunate I am to not experience many of them as a matter of course. I was overcome with concern and frustration with world events, compounded by a few personal conflicts. I was angry, and among my many […]

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Brain, Language and Legacy

Brain, Language and Legacy

| July 7, 2014 | 11 Replies

“I write, and I feel how the correct and precise use of words is sometimes like a remedy to an illness. Like a contraption for purifying the air, I breathe in and exhale the murkiness and manipulations of linguistic scoundrels and language rapists of all shades and colors. I write and I feel how the […]

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Contemplating Mystery

Contemplating Mystery

| June 30, 2014 | 4 Replies

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. –Albert Einstein A few weeks ago I posted about Tolerating Ambiguity. Among the responses was a beautifully written note from photographer Jamey Pyles describing a conflict he struggles with: How can I admire the mystery […]

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Forget Vision

Forget Vision

| June 21, 2014 | 12 Replies

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery Photographer Jay Maisel, when asked for advice about making more interesting photographs, famously responded: become a more interesting person. It is the kind of one-liner retort we all wish we […]

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The More Things Change

The More Things Change

| June 19, 2014 | 6 Replies

The following is an excerpt from a book draft I am working on (one of three!) and posted here in response to a friend’s question about photographer Henry Peach Robinson. ~~~ The Brotherhood of the Linked Ring and The Photo-Secession The Royal Photographic Society, established in London in 1853, is the world’s oldest photography organization. […]

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The Price of Ease

The Price of Ease

| May 23, 2014 | 24 Replies

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so, he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” –Henri Matisse A month went by in a flurry of travel, workshops, exhibits and print orders, and it finally occurred to me […]

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On Significance

On Significance

| April 17, 2014 | 15 Replies

“The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant.” –Joseph Campbell For many years I used the term “meaningful” in my writing and teaching when referring to expressive images, by which I mean images that express something of the artist’s own mind rather than merely illustrating the objective, literal, characteristics of subjects or scenes […]

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Starting The Day

Starting The Day

| March 27, 2014 | 9 Replies

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I walked out of the  house before dawn today. The world was a ghostly wonderland of silver and blue as the […]

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