Tag: nature

“The” Shot is Still a Low Bar

“The” Shot is Still a Low Bar

| July 15, 2015 | 11 Replies

Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art. –Man Ray I recently saw a photograph hailed as “the” shot of a certain oft-photographed mountain. What made it “the” shot was the presence of spectacular sunset sky, which indeed was impressive […]

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The Human Condition

The Human Condition

| July 8, 2015 | 4 Replies

So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair. –Antonin Artaud It was with some delight that I recently received an academic text on photography that I had […]

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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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Difficult Questions

Difficult Questions

| March 30, 2015 | 13 Replies

And I say to you, before you give your time, and you will have to give much, to photography, find out in yourselves how much it means to you. If you really want to paint, then do not photograph except as you may want to amuse yourselves along with the rest of Mr. Eastman’s customers. […]

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Art in Times of Click Baiting

Art in Times of Click Baiting

| January 20, 2015 | 23 Replies

If photography is allowed to supplement art in some of its functions, it will soon have supplanted or corrupted it altogether, thanks to the stupidity of the multitude, which is its natural ally. It is time, then, for it to return to its true duty, which is to be the servant of the sciences and […]

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End of Season Reflections

End of Season Reflections

| December 1, 2014 | 7 Replies

“… inevitably the bathroom mirror shows the first white hairs … inevitably eyesight begins to fail and mysterious pains begin to shoot through the body. … these intimations of mortality plainly communicate the message: Your time is up, it’s time to move on. When this happens, few people are ready. … Some try to ignore […]

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Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

| July 30, 2014 | 12 Replies

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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Proud Confessions

Proud Confessions

| March 19, 2014 | 12 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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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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The Meaning of Success

The Meaning of Success

| January 13, 2014 | 14 Replies

In Western societies we tend to associate the word “successful” with people who accomplished fame and fortune. By doing so we may be sabotaging our own efforts at finding other kinds of success, which may ultimately be more rewarding. I define success as having accomplished a lifestyle that is both satisfying and sustainable. What one […]

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