Artistic Merit in Photography

In our time it seems entirely appropriate that the widest choice be open to artists. Those using the camera or other photographic means to produce works of artistic merit should seek to exploit their medium in the most adventurous ways. […] The derogatory use of the term artifice is more often than not a bugaboo.... Continue Reading →

AMA: Landscape Photography and Conservation

Two questions I received recently (via my Ask Me Anything form) touch on the topic of the impact that landscape photography may have on the very thing we photograph: the landscape. Huntington Witherill asked: I've often wondered… Given that landscape photographers' works tend to glorify those sacred places celebrated through their photographs – and presumably,... Continue Reading →

Seeking Questions

There are so many stories, more beautiful than answers. ~Mary Oliver For several years now I’ve been coming to terms with some transformative events and new circumstances in my life. These things changed me and my outlook in important ways, some of which I likely don’t fully understand yet. If you look at most of... Continue Reading →

Stop Hoping. Start Living.

Note: Making income as an independent artist has never been easy, and times of turmoil such as this make an artist's life even less predictable. Inconvenient as it is for me to ask, if you find value in my work please consider pledging even as little as $2 a month to support my work and this... Continue Reading →

Showing and Telling

This question of realism, let it then be clearly understood, regards not in the least degree the fundamental truth, but only the technical method, of a work of art.  Be as ideal or as abstract as you please, you will be none the less veracious; but if you be weak, you run the risk of... Continue Reading →

AMA: Quotations and Artists

Of this there can be no question-creative work requires a loyalty as complete as the loyalty of water to the force of gravity. A person trudging through the wilderness of creation who does not know this—who does not swallow this—is lost. ~Mary Oliver Many thanks to those who sent me ask-me-anything questions in the past... Continue Reading →

Photography as Distraction

If the remission of pain is happiness, then the emergence from distraction is aesthetic bliss. I use these terms loosely, for I am not making an argument but rather attempting to describe the pleasure that comes from recognition or rediscovery of certain essences permanently associated with human life. These essences are restored to our consciousness... Continue Reading →

Headphone Photographs

I would prefer by far to write music which has something fresh to reveal at each new hearing than music which is completely self-evident the first time, and though it may remain pleasing makes no essential contribution thereafter. ~Roger Sessions I love music. My musical taste is diverse, and I almost always have something playing... Continue Reading →

The Value of Originality

I'm posting this article, originally published in LensWork Magazine, in response to Irina Drelciuc, who sent me this Ask Me Anything question: "have you ever felt like there is nothing new or fresh to be 'told' through photography, what is the use of doing it unless you come up with something striking different?" If you... Continue Reading →

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