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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.  

 

 

 

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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Why Zenfolio Matters

December 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Why have I chosen Zenfolio for my website as opposed to any other portfolio hosting solutions or a Wordpress site? Essentially, why does Zenfolio matter? Let's take a look: First and foremost, Zenfoliio has easily customizable templates that make creating a unique folio site easy. The backend, which we'll get to in a bit, is uniquely built for ease...
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Are You "Seriesous"?

November 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Creating a new body of work can start with a whiff of inspiration from anywhere, and that inspiration can come to you at anytime. All of my iPhoneography Books have been born out of some form of this process. The idea of taking a subject, exploring a process, and working through a series of improvisations, much like a jazz musician does, can lead t...
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"But It's Not A Portrait"

November 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
These two images of my mother's hands are part of a new project I'm working on; a long term project to create portraits of people through the stories that hands tell. In discussing portraits with students and other photographers, it's often talked about what does and doesn't constitute a "portrait". I always liked Picasso's reply after painting a c...
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Create Custom Textured Brushes For Unique Portraits

November 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Creating a completely unique and customizable look to your images can be as easy and fun as painting with textured brushes you make yourself. Harnessing the power of Pixelmator makes the process simple and allows you to create layers of nuance and depth for your images. I get so inspired by the possibilities available to photographers today, it som...
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Got Film? Digital Photographers Now Have Choices

November 04, 2013  •  2 Comments
To answer the question above, it can now be argued that "yes, indeed", digital photographers have film. Or rather "film simulation". What's propelling this resurgence of the film look? Is it just a nostalgia from old-school photographers, or is it a hip trend? Either way you see it; hate it or love it, there are a lot of choices for software film s...
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