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 →

Out of the Woods

Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul. You are always being lured away by foolish distractions. Seek solitude. ~ Eugène Delacroix Shortly before the Christmas holiday I arrived at my campsite in a remote region where the Mojave Desert transitions into the now-frigid highlands of the Colorado Plateau. It... 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 →

Us of the Minority

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television,... 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 →

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 →

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