Tag: creativity

The Traditions of Photography

The Traditions of Photography

| November 20, 2017 | 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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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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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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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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My Idea of Good Art

My Idea of Good Art

| March 6, 2016 | 13 Replies

In a thoroughly commercialized society, an artist is respected if he makes money, and because he makes money, but there is no genuine respect for the works of art by which his money has been made. ~Bertrand Russell In a neighborhood where I used to live, for a short period of time, there was an Indian […]

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Positive Negativity

Positive Negativity

| February 15, 2016 | 18 Replies

There is nothing so wrong as accepting a thing merely because men who have done things say it should be so. ~Alfred Stieglitz Among the most rewarding and liberating things I have come to accept about my work is that much so-called “common sense” advice is entirely not applicable to accomplishing my creative goals. In fact, […]

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Announcing: New Workshop Offerings

Announcing: New Workshop Offerings

| February 1, 2016 | Reply

Following on the success of our Visionary Death Valley workshops, Michael E. Gordon and I are proud to announce additional dates for 2016 and 2017. By participant demand, we decided to also add a new Processing and Printing offering following each Visionary Workshop, for those who wish to extend their stay, or for anyone who is interested […]

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The Expressive Photograph

The Expressive Photograph

| December 3, 2015 | 11 Replies

Pictures are exciting when they say something in a new manner, not for the sake of being different, but because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. ~Harry Callahan It seems there are three classes of photographers who venture to instruct others: there are those who teach technical skills and offer simple formulas […]

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The Tyranny of Plans

The Tyranny of Plans

| June 22, 2015 | 6 Replies

This essay was originally published in my monthly column in Landscape Photography Magazine. Please consider subscribing to this excellent online publication. ~~~ We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the […]

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