Tag: meaning

On Significance

On Significance

| April 17, 2014 | Reply

“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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The Concept

The Concept

| January 13, 2013 | 8 Replies

The following essay was originally published in Landscape Photography Magazine. ~~~ When teaching photography workshops I always emphasize the importance of starting an image with a concept – the thing that stops you in your tracks and whispers in your ear “there’s something here worth photographing.” A concept has no visual characteristics, and the role […]

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Composition Means Nothing

Composition Means Nothing

| August 20, 2012 | 19 Replies

Some readers may recall that I am easily amused by sentences starting with the words “photography is all about.” Earlier today I found one such proclamation decreeing that photography is “all about composition.” Nonsense, I thought, but curiosity got the better of me and I Googled it. To my horror, the magical all-knowing algorithm found […]

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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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Art and Rebellion

Art and Rebellion

| January 9, 2012 | 27 Replies

“… try for that other world, the real world, where orphans burn orphans and nothing is more difficult to discover than a simple fact. And with that pride of the artist, you must blow against the wall of every power that exists, the small trumpet of your defiance.” (Norman Mailer) It appears I have committed […]

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