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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.  




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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This Is Photography On Film

March 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
This is photography... on film. Sarah Moon, a master of photography from the days of silver gelatin film and the darkroom print, delivers a stream of consciousness tour-de-force of her process and images. If you listen carefully, her thoughts, ideas, struggles and triumphs echo what many photographers today deal with when they pick up the camera. I...
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Torn Between Two Lovers

January 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
I've always smiled at the thought of American Poet Robert Frost's epitaph, which reads, "I Had A Lover's Quarrel With The World." I get that. As photographers and artists, I think we all have a genuine love affair with the medium, and by extension, with the world as well. Most photographers become drawn to certain types of images, be they monochrom...
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We Were Mod Once :: Last Of My iPhoneography Books

January 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Feeling nostalgic for things we grew up with is as natural to humans as breathing. We're simply wired for nostalgia. Some of the things we grow up with aren't only from the time but include things from earlier times too. Things from our parents and grandparents days filter in with what we see as uniquely ours. Music, movies, dances, clothing styles...
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On Resting Places

January 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Sometimes it seems like this techno-photo-centric world we are in is racing along at a break-neck speed. Newer cameras, faster lenses, more powerful and innovative software, coming at us faster and faster, with so many pundits and others in the industry touting the virtues of the ever newer thing. Can we just catch a breath? Where do you rest? Whe...
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Reflections :: A 2013 Look Back And A Look Forward

December 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
As this is the last post of the year, I can't help and do some reflecting on this past year, and looking forward to 2014, and new adventures to come. It has been a year of trials, tribulations, and triumphs. I've always had a hard time at this time of year. Being a spring baby, the winter months feel depressive, though I grew up in upstate New York...
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