Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today.
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I am pleased to announce two upcoming offerings and to share with you what I’ll be working on in the coming months.
New Workshop: Visionary Death Valley, February 23-27, 2023
For nearly two decades, I’ve been leading workshops with friend and photographer Michael Gordon. The waiting list for our twice-yearly Visionary Death Valley workshop has been growing enough that we’re adding a third in the coming year. Please consider joining us for Visionary Death Valley in February, 2023.
New Book: The Interior Landscape
In the year since the release of my previous book, Another Day Not Wasted, I’ve been working with my publisher, Rocky Nook, on my next title, The Interior Landscape. I’m currently reviewing proofs and making final adjustments, aiming for a release date by this year’s holiday season. This book continues my series of essay books following More Than a Rock and Another Day Not Wasted. The essays in The Interior Landscape are about creativity and expression in photography, living as a photographic artist, defining, and finding success. This excerpt from the book’s introduction explains my choice of title:
In his book Crossing Open Ground, the late writer Barry Lopez distinguished between two landscapes: the exterior landscape, which he described as “the one we see,” and the interior landscape, which he described as “a kind of projection within a person of a part of the exterior landscape.” Each landscape has its own elements and relationships, but the two also interrelate. Lopez explained: “The interior landscape responds to the character and subtlety of an exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes.”
The term “landscape photography” may be used to describe photographs of the exterior landscape—the one we see. The term may also be used to describe expressive photographs reflecting the interior landscape—the one each of us carries within.
Some of you may have noticed my general absence from social media lately. Some may have also noted that I am no longer offering public talks (at least for the time being, and with some exceptions that I will announce here on my blog). I will be spending more time offline investing “deep work” into a couple of new writing projects.
Much of my writing to date has been targeted narrowly to photographers and expressed in essay form to fit the requirements of various publications, but now I am excited to venture into other forms of writing. Rest assured, I intend to continue my current activities, which include photography (and writing about photography), my regular contributions to magazines such as LensWork and On Landscape, monthly free essays for readers of this blog, and a couple of workshops a year.
However, I also wish to respond to various events unfolding in the world, in nature, and in my life in meaningful and creative ways. Some of these themes may not be related directly to photography, and some may be best expressed in forms other than essays. I will offer occasional updates on my projects as I have them.
Please consider that my success in bringing these efforts to fruition depends on you, my readers. Beyond your engagement and interest, which I appreciate immensely, I also ask for your financial support. If you can spare as little as a couple of dollars a month, you will be making a real difference in my ability to create and to keep offering this content in a freely accessible, dignified format, free of distractions and advertising.