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On Photography, Art, And The Creative Life 

  Welcome to the place affectionately known as my "writings on the walls", where you will find images, thoughts, and discussions on Photography, Art, and The Creative Life... or so I'm told.  




"Are You A Right-Eye Or A Left-Eye Photographer?"

February 07, 2017  •  1 Comment
Some time ago I posed that very question to about twenty of my students. Do you shoot with the camera to your left or right eye? The resulting poll fell evenly split. Funny thing is there seemed to be no correlation to anyone being right or left handed (or right or left footed for that matter.) It was just a preference. But I had another reason...
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Going Forward After Aperture :: The Future Looks Bright

July 07, 2014  •  1 Comment
Some time ago, I wrote a post about the demise of Aperture being premature when the interwebs responded to the Aperture update to version 3.3. Now, it seems Apple has finally put future Aperture development aside in favor of a new photo paradigm that potentially promises to be a re-think in how we, as photographers, deal with our images and workflo...
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Aperture Closing :: Apple Stops Development On Aperture Photo Software

June 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
It's official: On Friday, June 27th 2014, Apple announced it would cease any further development on its professional photo application Aperture. The interwebs and social media sites lit up over the weekend with all sorts of "Told You Sos", and "The Sky Is Falling" doom and gloom, peppered with a few, well written pieces on what this big announcemen...
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Learning To Love Layers

April 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Ok, I love layers! I'm not talking about the Photoshop Layers feature, although that is great and how most of us think of "layers", but I mean the visual layers that images can provide. Like music with many tones and chord changes, multiple instruments building a beautiful soundscape, images can give us a similar, visual experience. I've often sai...
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On The Streets :: Notes From The Unknown Lens

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
You could blame it on Vivian Maier, or Jay Maisel, or Cartier-Bresson. French photographer Robert Doisneau would be another likely suspect. Influences abound in the world of photography, whichever genre you turn to, but really they only serve to inspire the urge to go out and create your own images. For want of a new direction, a new challenge, an...
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Tools :: On Why Gear Really Does Matter

April 25, 2014  •  1 Comment
So you think gear doesn't matter? Or maybe you are on the side of those who are all about the supremacy of gear at the expense of creative expression? So many folks side with one or the other, or split the difference for the sake of peace and tranquility. If gear does matter, then the arguments go to which gear matters more. It's always interesting...
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Paint The Fence :: Lessons I've Learned From Mr. Miyagi

April 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Mr. Miyagi was a great teacher, albeit a fictitious one. If you are not familiar with this inspiring teacher of karate, see this clip from the the original " Karate Kid " film. Then rent the whole film for more wisdom on life, courage, and the powerful influence on each other student and teacher share. It got me thinking of all the ways we learn wi...
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On Perfectionism And Craft

March 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
"Do a good job, Trace, but not too good of a job." I was told that once, from a photographer I had worked with many years ago, when I was starting out. Considering the incredible attention to detail and painstaking work on set we achieved to create the highest quality commercial images, I was a little surprised. I guess I had garnered the reputatio...
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Creative Healing :: Of Horses, Memories And First Loves

March 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
I remember the first time I saw her. I remember the first time we spoke. It's said we never forget our first love, the one that first touched us heart and soul. Truest words I know. There are people that come in and out of our life, and there are special ones that leave a mark on our hearts. If we are among the very luckiest people on earth, we get...
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On Teaching Photography, Teaching Life

March 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
“We could teach photography as a way to make a living, and best of all, somehow to get students to experience for themselves photography as a way of life.” ~ Minor White I love Minor White. I never met him, nor had him as a mentor, but his teaching and influence has impacted my life and my own teaching. I first found out about him an his wor...
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