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  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.  

 

 

 

How And Why I See The Way I Do ~ Part Deux

Between being exposed (yes, that’s a pun 😉) to the work of Jerry Uelsmann at an early stage in my photography, and then the work of Man Ray, I had two artists who though very different in style, both made very compelling images that incorporated the solarization process. This image “My Mother’s Hands with Stone” is my digital iteration of this old...
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How And Why I See The Way I Do

This image titled, “I’ve Just Seen A Face Series ~ Metropolis (Tape residue on metal)” I was only able to notice and then photograph because of my exposure to a varied and eclectic array of creative artists from many genres. I’m often asked how do I see what I see, or why do I notice something that most wouldn’t pay any attention to? I honestly don...
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Nothing To Teach, And No One To Teach It To.

The title of this post is attributed to Alan Watts who was an American philosopher and teacher of Zen Buddhism in the West. So what does it mean for a teacher to say, “I have nothing to teach you”? I think if a teacher teaches you nothing more than how they did something, the step-by-step approach that you then copy and get the same results, they h...
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RAW On Screen ~ Ready For Your Closeup?

It all started with a question, as many things do. A fairly innocent question: What is the difference between two computer programs that can both edit RAW image files? I gave my answer as I have extensive experience with both. Many others gave thoughtful and concise answers even better than mine. I trust the questioner got an answer that helped her...
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RAWPower: There’s A New Sheriff In Town ~ Almost

A funny thing happened on the way to RAW photo editing: I met Gentlemen Coders. Well, not exactly and not in person, Gentlemen Coders is a company started by, and currently solely run by Nik Bhatt, a former Chief of many hats at Apple who worked on Aperture. I got to meet Nik and his wonderful RAW processing app RAW Power via PhotoJoseph on YouTube...
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The Art Of Sensibility

Sometime back I wrote a post about how photographers should not spend time searching for a “style” to set themselves apart, but rather cultivate a “sensibility.” I recently posted a link to that blog post on social media in response to a friend and fellow photographer’s post on the subject of style. My linked comment got some very interesting respo...
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This Is Not A Face

“Ceci n’est pas un visage” But it could be. With the utmost respect for René Magritte and his iconic image of surrealist metaphor, I present this image taken with and created on an iPhone as part of my series called “I’ve Just Seen A Face” inspired by the Beatles’ song. I’ve been noticing faces lately in the odd things I see on my walkabout....
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Who’s Afraid Of The A.I. Wolf?

Fear is a powerful thing, and it has a useful purpose in our survival. That said, it can best be utilized as a guide, and not a paralyzing emotion. So who is afraid of the potential of A.I. technology? Lots of very prominent folks in the tech industry are sounding alarms 🚨, but it may be surprising that Adobe, the developers of their own A.I. tool...
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A.I.? D.I.Y.!

When it comes to creating (*generating) images using Artificial Intelligence tools, I ask students (really any photographers), can you do that without A.I.? Do you have the requisite skills and know-how to create these same images on your own? If not, then maybe you’re not the artist you think you are. If your first response is “No I’m not that’s w...
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A.I. and Ethics

Are there any moral or ethical considerations to be calculated when using Artificial Intelligence to “create” Art (or is “generate” a better term)? This makes me wonder if ethics are taught in school anymore? So what does ethics have to do with using A.I. tools to create images or art? Well, when the tool is doing what has been termed “scraping” t...
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