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Time to Exhale

Time to Exhale

| November 21, 2018 | 3 Replies

What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places? ~Mary Oliver It may be that the last couple of years have been the most difficult in my life. I may elaborate on the reasons in a future post, but I will say now that my recent […]

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Experiences, Not Moments

Experiences, Not Moments

| October 11, 2018 | 17 Replies

There are no moments. Moments exist in theory alone. To live, to feel, to experience, to think, is to be in a constant state of becoming. It is the dialectic nature of living, and why experiences cannot be contained in moments any more than a movie can be contained in a single frame.

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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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A Tombstone In Your Hands

A Tombstone In Your Hands

| August 31, 2018 | 16 Replies

Introducing his book, Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey wrote, “most of what I write about in this book is already gone or going under fast. This is not a travel guide but an elegy. A memorial. You’re holding a tombstone in your hands.” Without intending it, I realized a few years ago that the same has become true of many of my photographs.

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Take Yourself Seriously

Take Yourself Seriously

| August 14, 2018 | 15 Replies

To those who wish to become more serious—about photography or anything else—but struggle to find the first, or next, step, I offer this advice: seek out places, activities, and people you feel are worth caring about; and among these find those things or persons who can challenge you, and let them.

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Making Memories

Making Memories

| July 26, 2018 | 17 Replies

I went to visit with the canyon that has been a friend to me for all these years—the first of many canyons I came to know in this desert that is now my home, where I spent my first of many nights gazing into the cosmos through the arc of an alcove and felt free for the first time in my life; the canyon where, in the course of decades, I have come, time and again, to heal and to renew, to contemplate the great questions of life, to break down and to grieve, or for no reason at all—the canyon where the life I live today had began.

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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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Transitions

Transitions

| June 26, 2018 | 7 Replies

I feel like I have been different people at different times. Still, one thread ties everyone and everything that I have ever been: the awe, fascination, and peace I always feel in wild places.

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On Awe and Cynicism

On Awe and Cynicism

| June 2, 2018 | 4 Replies

There are moments, and it is only a matter of a few seconds, when you feel the presence of the eternal harmony … A terrible thing is the frightful clearness with which it manifests itself and the rapture with which it fills you … During these five seconds I live a whole human existence, and […]

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Photography and Place

Photography and Place

| May 16, 2018 | 10 Replies

It seems to me that people who love the outdoors and spend considerable time in the wild fall somewhere between two extremes: those who go to places to do things in them, and those who go to places to be in them. I am the latter.

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