Musings & Inspirations

November 15, 2019

Emulation: Musings on a Guy from Florida

When learning something new, particularly, something we desire to become good at, at some point, we emulate. For the novice, emulation is often a natural response to inspiration, being moved by someone else’s mastery of the subject we’re in...

January 29, 2017

Ode to Ruth Bernhard

“My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity.” — Ruth Bernhard I have a 3-story ascent of stairs in my home. It’s great daily exercise. And occasionally...

October 28, 2015

Drought

Creative, that is. For the last few years, despite an unprecendented environmental drought in the region, my photographic work here in Zion has enjoyed a vernal-like productivity. Not this year. Even writing, something the landscape routine...

February 11, 2015

Commitment

This quote by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._H._Murray">William Hutchison Murray</a> was given to me earlier today, the ideas of which I've encountered before, but not quite so eloquently: Until one is committed, there is hesitanc...

January 6, 2015

Northbound 35

Here, a live version of one of my favorite songs from the consummate singer/songwriter, <a href="http://www.jeffreyfoucault.com">Jeffrey Foucault</a>. I wrote Jeffrey a few years back, a 3:30 am inspiration while creating this <a href="http...

December 18, 2014

Perspectives

Two weeks ago. 4:00 a.m. wake up. Final items packed in the truck. A deep bow to <a href="http://www.nps.gov/archeology/sites/antiquities/profileMukuntuweap.htm">Mukuntuweap</a>, my home and muse for the last two months.On the road. I-215 s...

November 30, 2014

Breakthrough

<a href="/images/craft/zion-breakthrough-large.jpg"></a>There are moments. Very personal, resonate moments. Moments you hesitate to write about for fear of diminishing their significance. Because, despite their gravity, they are ephemeral, ...

October 29, 2014

California Granary

<a href="/images/craft/wheat-granary-large.jpg"></a>One of the unforeseen developments in my move to Bend, Oregon was the discovery of these amazing rice and wheat granaries along the I-5 corridor of Northern California. While using similar...

October 6, 2014

Star Trails - Zion Canyon

<a href="/images/craft/star-trails-zion-canyon-large.jpg"></a>3 hours. 363 photos. They are the ingredients of this photograph, tracking the stars last night over Zion National Park, my home for the next two months. In celebration of this t...

September 19, 2014

Solitary Oak, Robert Taylor

<a href="/images/craft/robert-taylor-solitary-oak-large.jpg"></a>On a recent Bay Area trip, an unexpected car rental upgrade to a Ford Mustang inspired me to take a Sunday drive south through the Salinas Valley and the vineyards of the Sant...

May 8, 2013

New Directions

<a href="/images/craft/granary-stack-large.jpg"></a>I can feel a shift or maybe, more accurately, an expansion of my photographic direction inspired by my northern relocation and the new subject matter I've encountered on the several trips ...

January 26, 2013

Hello Bend, Oregon

<a href="/images/craft/2350-lemhi-pass-large.jpg"></a>It's never easy to say goodbye to one phase of life and hello to a new one. But that is what 2350 NW Lehmi Pass represents. Starting in June. A new life, in a new home, in a new town, in...

November 27, 2012

Henri Didn't Crop

Henri Cartier-Bresson on cropping: About cropping? Uh, I said in that forward, we have to have a feeling for the geometry of the relation of shapes, like in any plastic medium. And I think that you place yourself in time, we’re dealing with...

November 23, 2012

High Sierra Cascades

<a href="/images/craft/mountain-stream-trails-large.jpg"></a>On a day (Black Friday) when people across the country are tromping through shopping malls, I post an alternative view. Within this image, I can still hear the cascading water, sm...

November 18, 2012

The Art of the Present

Furthermore, the nostalgia cycles have become so short that we even try to inject the present moment with sentimentality, for example, by using certain digital filters to “pre-wash” photos with an aura of historicity. Nostalgia needs time. ...

November 9, 2012

A Lesson in Chai

I always seem to return from my annual Zion National Park trip with a life lesson or two. Or ten, if I'm really in a need of a smack down. The canyon has a way of calling you on your "stuff". But, this time around, a key lesson came courtes...

November 6, 2012

A Prayer for Words

I've been remiss in my recent commitment to posting. Steeped literally and emotionally within the deep canyons of Zion for the past two weeks. I usually journal during the trip and just couldn't until two days ago and it's been something of...

October 5, 2012

Winds of Change

<a href="/images/craft/parker-bench-large.jpg"></a>Wind is change. Whether a subtle afternoon breeze or a fierce rising ahead of an advancing thunderstorm, its presence is a reminder of the transitional nature of our world. So it seemed fit...

October 4, 2012

Reverence, Ichiro Suzuki

Today, after a decade in the major leagues, Suzuki still displays that same reverence on a daily basis, caring for his bats like Stradivarius violins. Really enjoyed this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/sports/baseball/for-ichiro...

July 19, 2012

Painted Hills

<a href="/images/craft/d800e-painted-hills-oregon-large.jpg"></a>My daughter and I took a side diversion to the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/joda/planyourvisit/painted_hills_unit.htm">Painted Hills</a> unit of John Day Fossil Beds National M...

March 16, 2012

Elliott's Perspective

Courtesy DP Review, there's a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17295728">fun video</a> with Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. Often compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott discusses sequence photography and its ability to te...

Inspirations

If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.

Steve Jobs