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On Significance

On Significance

| April 17, 2014 | 5 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 | 8 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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Serenading the Medium

Serenading the Medium

| March 24, 2014 | 6 Replies

“It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein Those who take the time to read my Artist Statement are sometimes surprised by my admission: “I do not consider myself a photographer who […]

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Proud Confessions

Proud Confessions

| March 19, 2014 | 11 Replies

“But the high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.” –Hermann Hesse On a recent workshop one of the participants was surprised to hear me say that in the last couple of years I’m usually only […]

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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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Working From Home

Working From Home

| February 15, 2014 | 8 Replies

It may be true that art should be able to stand on its own, but I find that my appreciation of a given work almost always benefits significantly from knowing something about the artist, why they do what they do and how it relates to their stories and other forces in their life. In an […]

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On Not Answering the Wrong Question

On Not Answering the Wrong Question

| February 6, 2014 | 6 Replies

Albert Einstein admonished that one should “make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler than that.” Confirmation bias and the desire to reduce complex issues into simple answers are common human tendencies and may be helpful in fostering understanding as well as forming opinions and creeds, but not always. In some cases, they may […]

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The Problem with Moments

The Problem with Moments

| February 1, 2014 | 9 Replies

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. –Vincent Van Gogh Photography is the art of moments, whether it is Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment,” when all elements serendipitously converge into a harmonious composition, or […]

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The Educated Audience

The Educated Audience

| January 22, 2014 | 23 Replies

The more knowledge (including technical, psychological, historical, and personal) that a viewer brings to a photograph, the richer will be his experience. –Minor White A lot had been written about the skills and creativity required from artists in the creation of their work, but the view in the other direction often is neglected. Irrespective of […]

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