Deep Work

Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary... Continue Reading →

On Artistic Usefulness

A happy life must be one in which there is activity. If it is also to be a useful life, the activity ought to be as far as possible creative . . . But creative activity requires imagination and originality, which are apt to be subversive of the status quo. —Bertrand Russell In scientific literature,... Continue Reading →

Forgetting the Roses

It is unfortunate, to say the least, that the tremendous capacity photography has for revealing new things in new ways should be overlooked or ignored by the majority of its exponents—but such is the case. —Edward Weston Henri Matisse, known for his expressive use of color, was one of the most creative and prolific artists... Continue Reading →

Future Hindsight

This article is reproduced from my book, Another Day Not Wasted. I am not fond of "teasers," and suspect my readers are not, either, which is why I am offering the article here in its entirety. For a limited time, I am offering autographed copies of the book (shipped to US addresses only) at a... Continue Reading →

Perspectives

Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself. —Henry Miller A new calendar year... Continue Reading →

The Condition of Music

This post expands on an article I originally wrote for LensWork Magazine. In this longer version, I incorporated some ideas emerging out of recent thinking about photography’s standing as an art form, relative to other media. These thoughts may lead to more writing on this topic in the coming weeks. As always, if you find... Continue Reading →

Poetic Odds

This article was originally only available to subscribers of On Landscape—an excellent British photography publication. The article is reproduced here with permission. I am a regular contributor to On Landscape and highly recommend subscribing to it for the consistently excellent quality of content they offers each month. Photography’s potential as a great image-maker and communicator... Continue Reading →

Another Day Not Wasted

My book, Another Day Not Wasted, is now available in both print end PDF editions. The print edition is hardbound. If purchased directly from me, your copy will be personally autographed. If you have already purchased and read the book, thank you! I'll also be grateful if you consider reviewing the book on Amazon or other sites.... Continue Reading →

Vive la (Creative) Révolution!

Some photographic movements have had a following in America, but none has ever held sway for any length of time. The Photo-Secession, documentary photography, photo-journalism, f/64, all made valuable individual contributions, but they all had to give way to the self-assertive individual photographer. Of course, individual photographers do bind themselves to certain limiting systems of... Continue Reading →

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