Tag: nature

Creating in Isolation

Creating in Isolation

| April 24, 2013 | 9 Replies

“A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.” –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Toward the end of a recent workshop, while hiking through one of the canyons outside of Moab, a participant approached me and commented that he didn’t see me expose a single image […]

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No New Label Necessary

No New Label Necessary

| April 9, 2013 | 10 Replies

This secret spoke Life herself unto me: “Behold,” said she, “I am that which must ever surpass itself.” –Friedrich Nietzsche I write these words on the edge of a storm. To the east, a wall of slate-grey sky is slowly making its way into the canyon country and toward Colorado; to the west the Mummy […]

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Attention Overload

Attention Overload

| March 26, 2013 | 18 Replies

I recently parked at a roadside pullout to retrieve a cold drink from the ice chest in the back of my truck. I turned the engine off , thinking that this will be a good place to perch on the tailgate for a bit and appreciate the beauty of the day and the place. I […]

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The Wonderful Lightness of Being

The Wonderful Lightness of Being

| March 9, 2013 | 11 Replies

Every so often, I receive inquiries from High School students charged with writing about an artist of their choice. It  warms my heart to know that even at that early age, some already have an appreciation for beauty and art. My own High School experiences are, for the most part, best relegated to the dusty […]

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Balancing Breadth and Depth

Balancing Breadth and Depth

| February 15, 2013 | 6 Replies

A strange thing happened recently when the social media site LinkedIn introduced its new skill endorsement function. Among other skills, some well-meaning connections endorsed me for Travel Photography – a skill I have often claimed not to have, for reasons I explain here. As I mentioned to editor Brooks Jensen in a recent interview for […]

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Contemporary Oligarchy

Contemporary Oligarchy

| November 13, 2012 | 12 Replies

Sociologist Robert Michels spent much of his career studying the dynamics of power in organizations. His studies resulted in a startling conclusion known as the iron law of oligarchy, claiming that all organizations, regardless of their original mission, structure, or how democratic they aspire to be, inevitably evolve to serve the interests of a small […]

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Workshop Highlight: Canadian Rockies, Oct/Nov 2013

Workshop Highlight: Canadian Rockies, Oct/Nov 2013

| October 25, 2012 | Reply

Some years ago I had the pleasure of meeting photographers Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou in Alberta. This was my first visit to the area, and they were generous enough to take me on a gorgeous hike in the Rockies. We stayed in touch over the years and finally decided to design a unique workshop […]

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The Abyss is Always There

The Abyss is Always There

| September 26, 2012 | 20 Replies

Among the small pleasures I treasure is sitting in my quiet living room in the moments before dawn with a cup of coffee, and watching the darkness slowly fade into the colorful views of red rock and high plateaus covered in aspens and conifers. This time of year, the sight of golden foliage on the […]

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Eastern Sierra Workshop – October 15, 2012

Eastern Sierra Workshop – October 15, 2012

| August 24, 2012 | Reply

As demand for our Eastern Sierra workshop exceeded our capacity, Jack Graham and I decided to offer an additional date this coming fall. Join Jack and me for an exciting four-day photographic tour of fall color, spectacular scenery, ancient bristlecone pines, the Bodie ghost town and, of course, the majestic mountain scenery of this beautiful […]

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Relics

Relics

| August 7, 2012 | 14 Replies

I celebrated another birthday last week. As has been my habit in recent years, I asked for no presents or special celebrations, and, instead, headed into the wilderness for a couple of days of quiet contemplation. Unlike many of my other outings, the purpose of such trips is not so much to make art, but […]

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