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I like this photograph - today. I support local arts organization by submitting photographs to their calls for work. The entry fee paid helps support the organization and at the very least, that’s a good thing. If my work is selected for the exhibit, that’s wonderful. Should my photograph earn... Continue reading
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I'll be right back to put these away (It could be a theme, you know.) The last few posts have been about looking forward and discovering that image that you can’t remember making. Those are two good things to think about when considering what your next project should be. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Looking Backward, Southern Utah This is the corollary to blog 475. (Go ahead and read that post, I’ll wait here until you’re done.) You future projects could be in photographs you made in your past. We all have those photographs we see only when we get home. You know the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In the Sun Yat Sen Garden Here we are again with a listing of what worked and what didn’t work during this year’s photo safari. I barely came up with that tenth thing I learned from this year’s safari right before posting this. Maybe I’m not paying enough attention, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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North Bay, Low Tide, Fog *Conversation The last full day of photography and we revert to PBWA Greys Harbor (Both North and South Bays) in search of subject matter. With nothing in particular in mind to photograph, I will note that’s exactly what we found; nothing in particular. It may... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Rainforest, contrasty and chaotic Well, what rotten luck we have in trying to photograph the Hoh Rainforest. I gear up for the daily rains that I was promised (including purchasing a new light weight rain jacket just for this trip) and what happens? Do I even have to tell you?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina I am a forward looking person. I am more interested in the future and what is going to happen next than to looking backwards at what I have done. I’m also an impatient type of person that wants to get to the future so I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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View from Cape Flattery I've been done in by weak internet service. We've found that internet capacity at small town hotels is not powerful as those we have at our homes. Internet access can be intermittent, weak and non-existent no matter what the motel advertises. It's been this way for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
Moving Day means that you're moving your possessions from one home to another (as my daughter is doing today). Professional Golfers call Saturday Moving Day because a good round on Saturday will move them into position for Sunday's final round. For me, moving day means moving the photo safari from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Sun Yat Sen Garden, Vancouver, BC We drove up to Vancouver, BC today to photograph in the Sun Yat Sen Cultural Center and Garden. It was a wonderful day, but it took a very long time to get there. We photographed in the garden a few years ago and when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Brooms, The Star Works Star, North Carolina These brooms were leaning against the wall at the Star Works, an artist incubator located near Seagrove, North Carolina. I was photographing a pair of artists creating beautiful two toned whiskey glasses. During a break in the process, I noticed these brooms, walked... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Japanese Garden, Seattle Today we photographed Seattle's Japanese Garden. It’s a place I had never visited, so I approached the place with both trepidation and anticipation. I had no idea what to expect and was also excited to be in a new place. If you are an aficionado of color... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Caulking Tools, Port Townsend Boat Yard (Continuing Work on Tools) Back to Port Townsend via bicycles on the Ferry Boat. It’s kind of different to be on the top of a Ferry Boat rather than underneath them. We’re headed to the Shipyard at Port Townsend. Port Townsend is a great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Parallel Halls in Battery Tolles Our plan was to head up to Vancouver, BC to photograph the Sun Yat Sen gardens. The weatherman forecast highs in the 90F range for Vancouver, so we said, that’s not the way to go. Instead, we drove over to Coupeville and took the ferry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Brooks and I taking a break. (Yes, it's a selfie, but since I used a fish eye lens, it is Art.) So far today we have not been photographing. Not saying we haven’t been photographic, but so far it’s not been a hands on camera, out in the field type... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Numbers at the boatyard t took three days and four or five sessions at Dakota Creek, but I finally am comfortable with the place, where everything is located and more importantly, what my projects are for this location. Having this level of comfort in this one location meant quite a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Shoshone Building, Doors and a Broom Don’t feel bad about using an image in more than once. (Recycling is good, even for your photographs.) If you have a photograph in one chapter of your LTP and it fits in with another chapter later in the project and makes the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Hull Number Construction is a technical business. Pieces are measured, cut, fabricated, assembled all according to drawings. Measurements are necessary to insure the thousands of parts will actually fit together to create a machine that must be strong enough to preserve the lives of the captain, crew and cargo on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Cutting Diamond Tread Plate After a few days of wandering around the boat yard I think I am beginning to put a handle on just what it is I think I am seeing. Sight is evolving into vision. The boatyard is a big, industrial place where humans can get lost.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Propeller for a Ferry Boat This year’s photo safari with Brooks Jensen is starting off in the Dakota Creek shipyard. It has been decades since I was in a large industrial landscape. To be surrounded by large ships that are out of their normal environment was unsettling. But then, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Lembert Dome, Yosemite I used to Photograph By Wandering Around (PBWA). Fred Picker called it “cruisin’ for snaps.” Happy accidents put us in the right place at the right time to make nice photographs. The trouble with that method of photography is that we spent much more time driving around... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The FENCE (With my photographs) The FENCE Project in Durham was installed last week. In spite of some last minute changes in location, the Durham Public Arts Program constructed a fence (literally) overnight so the installation could be completed on time. Chris Ogden (Durham Public Arts Program), Sam Barzilay (United... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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266 Chatham Street, Cary, NC It’s getting near to that time where I need to be fixin’ to get ready for this year’s Photo Safari. The primary fixin’ surrounds a new piece of photographic hardware, the Panasonic G85. I already spent more than a couple of hours figuring out the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Prodigal Negative (Don't worry, this will make sense in a few minutes.) I continue to progress in creating the next chapter in my Long Term Project (LTP) of Academy Street (a re-photographic project comparing the changes in the neighborhood over the past thirty years). I continue to face issues... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Meditation on Marriage Somewhere in Wyoming, 1995 This photograph was made in Wyoming in September 1995. It was the only photograph made in this particular location because the numbered negatives before and after this one are of much different subject matter than this one. About the only thing I can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey