Limitations of Language

Language is a detriment, an earthbound limitation from which the poet suffers more than anyone else. At times he can actually hate it, denounce it, and execrate it—or rather hate himself for being born to work with this miserable instrument. He thinks with envy of the painter whose language—color—is instantly comprehensible to everyone from the... Continue Reading →

Commitment and Doubt

Did you know? You can support my work and help me sustain this blog by pledging as little as $2/month. My pledge to you: the more people are willing to offer their financial support for this blog, the more frequently I'll be willing to write these articles and to offer them to the world free... Continue Reading →

Perspective and Meaning

When you’re in the desert, you look into infinity. It’s no wonder that nearly all the great founders of religion came out of the desert. It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big. ~David Lean It’s a chilly autumn morning in the desert. I am still in my sleeping... Continue Reading →

Live Immediately

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. You are arranging what lies in Fortune's control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What... Continue Reading →

Take Yourself Seriously

To those who wish to become more serious—about photography or anything else—but struggle to find the first, or next, step, I offer this advice: seek out places, activities, and people you feel are worth caring about; and among these find those things or persons who can challenge you, and let them.

On Awe and Cynicism

There are moments, and it is only a matter of a few seconds, when you feel the presence of the eternal harmony ... A terrible thing is the frightful clearness with which it manifests itself and the rapture with which it fills you ... During these five seconds I live a whole human existence, and... Continue Reading →

The Healing Landscape

The natural landscape offers more than just innate metaphors for obsolete emotional associations; it can also be-in a real and measurable sense-therapeutic, and conducive to a more meaningful life.

Drawing the Line

I recognize that sometimes viewers may assume about my work what lawyers call, "facts not in evidence," namely that I push the boundaries of (to borrow a term from Ansel Adams) "departure from reality" to a greater extent than I actually do.

Reawakening

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. ~W.... Continue Reading →

Quiet Adventures

This article was adapted from a piece I wrote for PHOTOGRAPH Magazine in 2015.   Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease. ~Naguib Mahfouz After three days in the canyon I finally settled into the rhythm of the place. Around 5am each day, just before first light,... Continue Reading →

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