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As I was creating the photographs for the “After the Memories” exhibit, I was concerned if I had enough of my vintage images to fill the gallery at the Page Walker Arts and History Center. That concern was resolved when I remembered how I selected images for the second version... Continue reading
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We photographers have been hoodwinked into believing the best way to exhibit our photography is hanging them on a gallery wall. If my photography is going to hang on a gallery wall, I really would like be there all the time and tell everyone who walks by about my photographs.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In an earlier post (Interpreting Photographs) I mentioned I have gone to photographic exhibits and bypassed the introductory text to get started looking at photographs. In my current exhibition I had to figure out how to lay out the show to make sure the viewers read the artist statement as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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There are many different ways to approach a project and most of mine tend to be of a single place at a specific time. I know this because I often head out to a specific location (as part of my annual photo safari) and return with photographs of a specific... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I have written before on the various stages of my project. They are; anticipation, planning, uniformed optimism, the thrill of partial completion, the realization that all that stands between you and completion are hard work and details and finally grinding out those nasty details and finally, sadness the project is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I think authenticity is the ultimate goal of any photographic artist. So what is the goal we are to achieve? When you get to the point where people (well, at least your fellow photographers) can identify your photographs without looking at the signature, then you have an authentic photograph. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I have photographs I cannot remember making. They are mine, of course, but I have no memories of how they came about. I recognize the locations, sometimes, but exactly how I came to make them I do not remember. I wonder about these photographs without memories. How can they be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Tom Kite once said the difference between professional and amateur golfers is the difference between lightning and lightning bugs. The difference is in the attention to details, dedication and the willingness to never stop practicing. As photographers we should never stop seeing, observing and wondering about what we see in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Did you read last week’s blog post? If you didn’t scroll down and take a quick read. I’ll wait for you before we continue where I left off. I’m caught in kind of a personal technological paradox. As the technology I use progresses, I find that I am heading backwards... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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While on vacation, I took my digital camera and an iPad mini. I do love my iPad mini, but I don’t think of it as much more than a media consumption device because the model I received as a gift does not have a lot of on board memory. I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I’m a tech guy. Always have been and will continue to be one as long as I’m doing photography. I’m not one of those camera geeks that debates the relative merits of the smallest details of camera design, lives and dies by bokeh or tests the variations in camera stabilization,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Another reminder that photography is inconvenient. Sunrise happens early in the day. It’s amazing that I forgot that. I am much more inclined to photograph in the evening because I do have the option to sleep in, have a nice breakfast and generally approach the day in a leisurely manner.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I’ll admit it. I’ve gone to gallery shows, bypassed the words and gone straight to the photographs without reading the artists statement. The pictures didn’t really tell me what was going on with the artwork. After reading the words the exhibit started to make more sense. Words are precise. Individuals... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I am seeing more drone based landscape photographs and I wonder how long it will take before the elevated camera position offered by drones will become the new standard for landscape photographers. Are earth bound photographers now the next school of photography to be declared obsolete? Or will we continue... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I normally avoid technical topics, but today I have to relent and use terms we learned in middle school geometry. Camera position is half the issue with making a photograph and that position is determined by not only where you stand, (that’s the X and Y axes), but how far... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I’ve been working on revising my website for several months. I'm about this far (holding my thumb and forefinger very close together) from uploading the new look to my domain so I can get on with my Creative Journey. The web design project is like having a major car repair... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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It is difficult to make words and photographs work together and it takes work to create the synergy between the two. I have been working with words and pictures as part of my photographic art for about twenty five years. It is difficult to create the right balance between what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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While redesigning my website I discovered I had lost intermediate files for two of my folios. The odd thing is I have the RAW files and the PDF folio, but everything in between has vanished. I looked on all my hard drives and backup CDs (that’s how old that project... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The content of my website is my photographic work. The folios are posted on my site for the viewer to look at and enjoy. It is not a catalog that displays individual prints for sale. How I create the website, is not really the issue. Whether I do it in... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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That’s a statement, not a question. In redesigning my website, I decided that I really didn’t want to dive back into html, css and all the other stuff that web people use to create web sites. I remembered reading InDesign could create web pages and I looked into that. That... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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My daughter told me, “Dad, the nineties called and they want their web site back.” Heeding the advice of the User Experience Professional (that’s what my daughter does), I began to re-imagine my web site design to make it, hip, happening, now, cool, stylish, responsive and move it from the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Just about everything in photographic technology we take for granted in 2018 didn’t exist in 1972. There is no doubt the most explosive growth in the history of photographic technology has occurred since I began photographing in 1972. I have managed to survive the ultimate demise of photography several times.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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About seventeen years ago I created a folio of my fifty best photographs and sent it out on a CD to fifty photographic friends. I called it The Fifty Project. It’s still on my web site and suffers from being developed in the internet Jurassic age. In the not too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Church detail, Hart Square I’m working on a project incorporating both vintage photographs and images scanned twenty five years ago. There is something wonderful about holding a photograph that is one hundred years old. The prints that are coming close to their centennial are still viable and yet the scanned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Wheelwrights Shop, Hart Square “Hopper took something that was common and made it look uncommon.” These few words from a short film about artist Edward Hopper say so much about what makes great art. I just love it when a complex idea can be distilled into its essence and expressed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey