Tag: photography

Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

| July 30, 2014 | 5 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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The Meaning of Words

The Meaning of Words

| July 17, 2014 | 12 Replies

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. –Joan Miro Upon the publication of my first of a series of essays in LensWork Magazine, a fellow photographer I respect and with whom I corresponded in the past wrote to congratulate me, and also mentioned he was not comfortable […]

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Politicizing Art

Politicizing Art

| July 10, 2014 | 6 Replies

I had a bad day yesterday, though I should qualify such a statement with the acknowledgment of how fortunate I am to not experience many of them as a matter of course. I was overcome with concern and frustration with world events, compounded by a few personal conflicts. I was angry, and among my many […]

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Brain, Language and Legacy

Brain, Language and Legacy

| July 7, 2014 | 11 Replies

“I write, and I feel how the correct and precise use of words is sometimes like a remedy to an illness. Like a contraption for purifying the air, I breathe in and exhale the murkiness and manipulations of linguistic scoundrels and language rapists of all shades and colors. I write and I feel how the […]

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Forget Vision

Forget Vision

| June 21, 2014 | 12 Replies

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery Photographer Jay Maisel, when asked for advice about making more interesting photographs, famously responded: become a more interesting person. It is the kind of one-liner retort we all wish we […]

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The More Things Change

The More Things Change

| June 19, 2014 | 6 Replies

The following is an excerpt from a book draft I am working on (one of three!) and posted here in response to a friend’s question about photographer Henry Peach Robinson. ~~~ The Brotherhood of the Linked Ring and The Photo-Secession The Royal Photographic Society, established in London in 1853, is the world’s oldest photography organization. […]

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The Price of Ease

The Price of Ease

| May 23, 2014 | 24 Replies

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so, he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” –Henri Matisse A month went by in a flurry of travel, workshops, exhibits and print orders, and it finally occurred to me […]

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On Significance

On Significance

| April 17, 2014 | 15 Replies

“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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Starting The Day

Starting The Day

| March 27, 2014 | 9 Replies

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I walked out of the  house before dawn today. The world was a ghostly wonderland of silver and blue as the […]

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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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