Tag: creativity

Earning Your Medals

Earning Your Medals

| September 22, 2018 | 6 Replies

Whether a photograph is art is less important than whether the photographer is an artist.

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Casualties of Progress

Casualties of Progress

| March 18, 2018 | 4 Replies

The following article is based on one originally published in On Landscape Magazine. It is my hope that readers who appreciate high-quality content, hand-picked by photography-savvy editors, and free of advertising, consider subscribing to independent, subscriber-supported publications of this kind. Unfortunately what we call progress is nothing but the invasion of bipeds who do not rest […]

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The Value of Originality

The Value of Originality

| January 15, 2018 | 23 Replies

The following article was originally published in LensWork Magazine. If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution. ~Rollo May It is rare that I find reason to […]

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Knowledge and Imagination

Knowledge and Imagination

| December 21, 2017 | 8 Replies

Intelligence, imagination, talent, and creativity will get nowhere without a basis of knowledge and skills, and for this education must be sufficiently structured and focused. But an education too rigid, too formulaic, too lacking in narrative, may kill the once-active, inquisitive mind of a child. ~Oliver Sacks Albert Einstein may be the quintessential genius of […]

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The Traditions of Photography

The Traditions of Photography

| November 20, 2017 | 5 Replies

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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