Tag: expression

The Implicit Contract

The Implicit Contract

| July 5, 2018 | 10 Replies

I believe that such an implicit contract in photography exists (or should exist) only in some contexts, and that there is no such contract that applies unequivocally to all photographs, and certainly not to all art.

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Casualties of Progress

Casualties of Progress

| March 18, 2018 | 4 Replies

The following article┬áis 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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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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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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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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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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Moab Photography Symposium: Personalizing Place

Moab Photography Symposium: Personalizing Place

| May 3, 2016 | 3 Replies

What makes a place personal is not the photographs you take from it, but the experiences and moods and lessons you associate with it.

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Must I Photograph?

Must I Photograph?

| April 7, 2016 | 4 Replies

Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to […]

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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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