The Traditions of Photography

The Traditions of Photography

| November 20, 2017 | 1 Reply

This essay was adapted from one previously published in LensWork Magazine. On the road from fish, bird, and ape to the war-waging animal of our time, on the long road by which we hope in time to become men and gods, it could not have been the “normal” ones that had pressed forward from stage […]

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Don’t (Always) Blame Yourself

Don’t (Always) Blame Yourself

| November 10, 2017 | 4 Replies

We recognize that someone has found their voice when their distinctive spiritual or emotional core becomes an inseparable part of their art. Reaching that threshold means letting the concerns and influences of others fall away, so that your own voice is heard clearly. It takes a whole lot of dedication and conviction and hard work […]

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The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Photoshop

The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Photoshop

| September 25, 2017 | 1 Reply

Excited to announce that my new book is now available in electronic format. The print edition is not far behind. My publisher, Rocky Nook, is currently offering the electronic edition at a considerable discount:

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LensWork Monograph: The Least Impossible Way

LensWork Monograph: The Least Impossible Way

| September 6, 2017 | 3 Replies

I have a limited quantity of my (now out of print) LensWork Monograph, titled, The Least Impossible Way. This is part of LensWork’s Monograph Series (#9 in the series) and is a 72-page soft-cover book containing a portfolio of my images and a couple of short essays about my work. To purchase an autographed copy for […]

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Dimensions of Experience

Dimensions of Experience

| September 3, 2017 | 11 Replies

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. ~John Muir I made fresh tracks for the last ten miles or so of a recently flooded two-track road in a largely anonymous part of the […]

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Conversation with Matt Payne

Conversation with Matt Payne

| August 9, 2017 | 2 Replies

I very much enjoyed speaking with Matt Payne for his podcast, F-Stop Collaborate and Listen. You can listen to our conversation here:

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Drawing The Line

Drawing The Line

| July 16, 2017 | 18 Replies

I recognize that sometimes viewers may assume about my work what lawyers call, “facts not in evidence,” namely that I push the boundaries of (to borrow a term from Ansel Adams) “departure from reality” to a greater extent than I actually do.

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Reawakening

Reawakening

| June 5, 2017 | 45 Replies

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. ~W. […]

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Quiet Adventures

Quiet Adventures

| April 12, 2017 | 6 Replies

This article was adapted from a piece I wrote for PHOTOGRAPH Magazine in 2015.   Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease. ~Naguib Mahfouz After three days in the canyon I finally settled into the rhythm of the place. Around 5am each day, just before first light, […]

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Endangered Experiences

Endangered Experiences

| March 17, 2017 | 5 Replies

We often express concern for the welfare of future generation, using it (at least partially) as reason to justify ongoing technological progress, larger cities and corporations, more jobs, more roads, more gadgets, more houses, more means of interaction and communication. And yet, we cannot ignore the fact that we are also taking a huge risk on the behalf of future generations, robbing them of both resources and experiences available to us that they may never be able to partake in.

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Not That Kind of Photographer

Not That Kind of Photographer

| February 22, 2017 | 13 Replies

What’s in the frame of the photograph matters artistically, to be sure, but what’s outside the frame can destroy it. ~Philip Hyde One of the most pervasive problems facing creative photographers, and especially those of us working with natural aesthetics, is that many assume we all do the same thing—spend our days in pursuit of […]

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Unknowable Unknowns

Unknowable Unknowns

| January 19, 2017 | 19 Replies

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the […]

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Art, Existentialism and Freedom

Art, Existentialism and Freedom

| January 14, 2017 | 6 Replies

I found these words in my archive recently. They were originally written a few years ago but never published. At the time I wondered if it would be premature for me to espouse such provocative thoughts. In the years since, my confidence in them has only grown stronger. ~~ To create is likewise to give a […]

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Lens & Pens: A Writing Workshop for Photographers

Lens & Pens: A Writing Workshop for Photographers

| January 12, 2017 | Reply

The act of writing, when it goes well, gives me a pleasure, a joy, unlike any other. It takes me to another place–irrespective of my subject–where I am totally absorbed and oblivious to distracting thoughts, worries, preoccupations, or indeed the passage of time. In those rare, heavenly states of mind, I may write nonstop until […]

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Rewarding Creativity

Rewarding Creativity

| January 3, 2017 | 1 Reply

To award prizes is to attempt to control the course of another man’s work. It is a bid to have him do what you will approve. It affects not only the one who wins the award, but all those who in any measure strive for it. ~Robert Henri A few months ago, some who follow […]

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Special Edition Prints

Special Edition Prints

| December 30, 2016 | Reply

For anyone interested in my Special Edition prints, please be aware that I intend to raise their price for 2017. You may still order them at the current price of $79.99 for a couple more days. Happy New Year, everyone! Click image to see other prints available as Special Editions.

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Twenty Sixteen

Twenty Sixteen

| December 26, 2016 | 2 Replies

Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What […]

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Treasured Lands: A Remarkable Book

Treasured Lands: A Remarkable Book

| December 13, 2016 | 2 Replies

A book gives you the intimacy of the images, the wall gives you the grandeur of the stuff, and you can’t usually get both at the same time. ~Minor White I write this post hoping you will not consider it as a veiled promotion. It is not meant as such. I feel compelled to pay homage […]

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To: That Young Photographer

To: That Young Photographer

| November 22, 2016 | 8 Replies

No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk […]

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Legacies in Peril

Legacies in Peril

| October 21, 2016 | 12 Replies

Consider this a plea to the Weston family, to the Adams estate, and to anyone who owns rights to the works of great photographers of the past to please make the investment in making these available in electronic format.

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LensWork Monograph: The Least Impossible Way

LensWork Monograph: The Least Impossible Way

| October 18, 2016 | Reply

I am proud and grateful to announce the upcoming publication of my LensWork Monograph, The Least Impossible Way.

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Holiday Offering: Special-Edition Prints

Holiday Offering: Special-Edition Prints

| October 8, 2016 | Reply

New $75 special-edition prints now available for ordering as holiday gifts.

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The Meaning of Places

The Meaning of Places

| October 6, 2016 | 9 Replies

There is a world of difference between a place as experience and partner in a lasting relationship, and a place considered as just a photographic subject. The latter does not interest me much.

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Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

| September 5, 2016 | 12 Replies

The following article was originally published in On Landscape Magazine. Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value. Roads would be a desecration, crowds would ruin it. ~Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter Most […]

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Contemplation, Meditation, Mindfulness

Contemplation, Meditation, Mindfulness

| August 24, 2016 | 12 Replies

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. ~Pablo Picasso The great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson characterized photography as recognizing “simultaneously and within a fraction of a second both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.” I sometimes joke that if Cartier-Bresson tried to make […]

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Desert Summer Afternoon

Desert Summer Afternoon

| August 9, 2016 | 2 Replies

Here I possessed nothing in the world. I was no more than a mortal strayed between sand and stars, conscious of the single blessing of breathing. And yet I discovered myself filled with dreams. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery It’s summer in the desert. The intense silence on a hazy afternoon broken only by the soft whisper […]

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Making Meaning

Making Meaning

| July 23, 2016 | 10 Replies

It’s all so meaningless, we may as well be extraordinary. ~Francis Bacon As I have before, I found myself again struggling with the term, “meaningful.” It is a term I use quite frequently in my writing when relating to the things I want to experience and to express in my work—the things I consider the most profound and important […]

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Forget The Ages

Forget The Ages

| July 10, 2016 | 8 Replies

  That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an […]

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Time Management

Time Management

| June 18, 2016 | 4 Replies

A version of this essay originally appeared in Landscape Photography Magazine. ~~~ For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments’ sake. ~Walter Pater Among the reasons I prefer to work alone in the landscape is that I like […]

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Spirituality Beyond Platitudes

Spirituality Beyond Platitudes

| June 7, 2016 | 11 Replies

When the things one seeks to express in art are rooted in real, moving, inspiring, life-affirming, experiences; a constellation of spiritual effects converge.

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