Tag: originality

The Velvet Handcuffs of Predictability

The Velvet Handcuffs of Predictability

| November 6, 2013 | 7 Replies

When photographers get beyond copying the achievements of others, or just repeating their own accidental first successes, they learn that they do not know where in the world they will find pictures. Nobody does. Each photograph that works is a revelation to its supposed creator. –Robert Adams Few things are as intimidating to a creative […]

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The Important Thing

The Important Thing

| July 28, 2013 | 8 Replies

I woke up early today and sat on my porch to watch the velvety darkness fade into an overcast and wonderfully chilly morning. A good rain came yesterday and the air is rich with the perfume of pine and desert flora. I spent the last couple of weeks on the sagebrush plains and sparse aspen […]

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Punctuated Creativity

Punctuated Creativity

| July 19, 2013 | 11 Replies

It’s interesting, sometimes, to draw parallels among multiple disciplines. Today’s revelation came from thinking about a biological theory known as Punctuated Equilibrium, and how it relates to creative endeavors. In a nutshell, Punctuated Equilibrium is the theory that evolutionary change does not occur gradually and evenly over time, but, instead, happens in significant leaps at […]

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Bits & Pieces (8/1/2011)

Bits & Pieces (8/1/2011)

| August 1, 2011 | 3 Replies

Almost anyone can create a beautiful photograph. Very few, however, move beyond well-worn subject and simplistic compositions to create original, meaningful work. Beginners may want to believe that the gap can be bridged by learning technique, gaining experience or buying more gear. More experienced photographers may blame lack of time, money or luck. In reality, […]

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Bits & Pieces (7/20/2011)

Bits & Pieces (7/20/2011)

| July 20, 2011 | 7 Replies

If the majority of your portfolio consists of compositions you know have been made by others before you; please don’t refer to yourself as “the artist”. You haven’t earned it.

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How Not To Be Taken Seriously

How Not To Be Taken Seriously

| July 7, 2011 | 25 Replies

A young musician musters the courage to call up a famous producer. He knows the producer is well respected in the music business. His endorsement can make or break an aspiring picker’s career. “Please,” he asks, “just let me play my best song for you; I know you’ll be impressed.” “Fine,” said the producer, “be […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing

| January 2, 2011 | 50 Replies

Note:I knew this post will result in some strong opinions but after reading some of the responses, I feel compelled to clarify that my thoughts below do not pertain to anyone asking for assistance in finding certain areas (especially if well known) or general trip planning advice. I also take no issue with mimicry for […]

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The Art of Copying

The Art of Copying

| May 6, 2010 | 39 Replies

I recently read with great interest a Facebook discussion among landscape photographers. The premise was that if a photograph can be closely duplicated by another photographer, then it is not truly an original nor deserving of being considered art. Though I did not contribute to the exchange, I do feel this is a larger topic […]

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Things Photographers Can Learn From Musicians

Things Photographers Can Learn From Musicians

| August 13, 2009 | 12 Replies

It is a long standing tradition in photography that the person who clicks the shutter button gets to claim all accolades for the resulting image, whether it is their own original concept and composition or a blatant copy of someone else’s. Chalk it up to maturity of each art form, but in music there’s a […]

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