Myths of Moments

The following is a rather prolonged train of thought about misconceptions having to do with the practice of mindfulness and the common advice to "live in the moment." If you find my words and work useful, please consider even a small contribution to help support these writings, which I offer to you without advertising or... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Ed

It is not death or dying that is tragic, but rather to have existed without fully participating in life-that is the deepest personal tragedy. ~ Edward Abbey Today is the 32nd anniversary of the passing of Edward Abbey. In my book, More Than a Rock, I mention the role that Abbey's book Desert Solitaire played in my... Continue Reading →

On Planning

Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living—to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff, even if you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead, because you don’t know precisely where it’s going to... Continue Reading →

New Presentation and Podcast Now Available

I recently had the great pleasure of joining my friend and workshop co-instructor, Michael Gordon, on a couple of events now available online for anyone to watch/listen: Our presentation Finding Meaning in Photography, hosted by Harold Davis, is now available for streaming on Harold's YouTube channel. Our conversation about The History of Photography via the podcast, F-Stop... Continue Reading →

Interview with We Talk Photo

Last week I've had the great pleasure of speaking about the new edition of my book, More Than a Rock, with friends Jack Graham and John Pedersen, hosts of the We Talk Photo podcast. If interested, you may listen here, or by clicking the image below. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

More Than a Rock, 2nd Edition

The second edition of my book, More Than a Rock, is now available to order! The book is available in both electronic and print editions. Electronic copies can be downloaded immediately upon purchase. Printed copies can be pre-ordered (links below) and should begin shipping in early January. For a limited time, you may purchase the... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Absence

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 →

Reality vs. Subjective Experience

This incessant interplay between cognition and feelings [...] produces what we call consciousness. There obviously is a different feel to a wave of intense emotion versus an abstract thought, but each conscious form is an experience that gives us a unique perception of reality. The pattern in which these various conscious forms come in and... 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 →

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