Tag: Philosophy

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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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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New eBook: More Than A Rock

New eBook: More Than A Rock

| January 14, 2014 | 10 Replies

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of my new eBook: “More Than A Rock” for users of Apple devices. The eBook is available from the iTunes Store for the price of $4.99. The eBook builds on re-edited versions of previously published essays (blog posts, magazine columns, etc.) If you enjoyed my writing over the […]

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What Makes an Artist

What Makes an Artist

| August 13, 2013 | 14 Replies

My friend Dan Baumbach recently shared a moving post on his blog, confessing his hesitation in calling himself an artist. I met others who were similarly apprehensive about the term, whether because of personal experience with other artists, trepidation about other people’s perceptions, or because they did not feel worthy of the term. Those who […]

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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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Experience, Uninterrupted

Experience, Uninterrupted

| July 20, 2013 | 11 Replies

My reading list in the last couple of months consisted mostly of the personal accounts of pioneering photographers, artists, scientists and explorers. It polarized for me a trend I have been aware of for some time – that of an ongoing decline in awe, reverence and sense of rapport that accompany encounters with the natural […]

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Knowledge and Mystery

Knowledge and Mystery

| June 25, 2013 | 9 Replies

A favorite mountain pass opened for the season this past weekend and I was able again to access one of my favorite camp sites, by a small lake at the edge of a high spruce and fir forest. Looking into the heavens on a dark night is a humbling and magical experience. For me, it […]

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The Grateful Mind

The Grateful Mind

| April 2, 2013 | 11 Replies

This essay originally appeared in Landscape Photography Magazine. ~~~ Friedrich Nietzsche is perhaps the most prolific of Western philosophers on the topic of art. In his mind, art is a means of coping with the chaos, tragedy and imperfection that are the true nature of reality and, as such, makes life itself not only tolerable, […]

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The Image and the Experience

The Image and the Experience

| March 30, 2013 | 7 Replies

My first “nature photography” experience occurred nearly thirty years ago, when for reasons I can’t even remember I borrowed my father’s old Minolta and went to play outside. Not a single image from that roll of film turned out, but the joy of seeking photogenic subjects and fitting them into the finder frame was intoxicating. […]

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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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