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This story is not about a cherry tree, but this enormous Live Oak. In 1791 George Washington was staying at the Hampton Plantation in South Carolina when Mister Rutledge said he was going to cut down the tree to clear up space to exercise his horses. The President told the... Continue reading
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I was the youngest guy at the company cafeteria lunch table. Al said when he retired he was going to buy a house down south with a couple of rocking chairs on the porch. On the first day of retirement he said he was going to go outside and sit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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This peaceful, clear, deep pool temporarily interrupts the chaos of water rushing and tumbling down the bottom of a steep canyon. It is a haven where I sit silently and world around me disappears. I can hear the sound of water rushing and tumbling over rocks on either side of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Oh, gosh, it’s been about ten years, hasn’t it honey? This one happened quick, too. One day, they came in said the mill was closing. At quitting time we left everything right where it was, locked the door and walked away. After a few years the vandals ripped out what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We moved into our house thirty two years ago when the trees in our backyard were much smaller. In the ensuing years, they have grown bigger and are too close to the house. We had to take them out. I wonder if I will be here in another thirty two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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It was my first day on my first job. Mister Waddell explained my new responsibilities and what I was supposed to do. He said the first thing I had to learn about were brooms. There they were; straight straw brooms, angle brooms and push brooms. Then there is the hand... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The map said there was supposed to be a lake here with water. Now what are we going to do? We’ve been short on water for a week and the barrel’s almost empty. What are we going to do? Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We hang on to these objects of memory, our most precious thoughts and memories longer than anything else. We give away, sell, bequeath and ultimately dispose of all but the most necessary, essential most prized of our possessions. After we’re gone this is all that remains. And our heirs look... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The memory is so clear I can still see it and feel it like it happened yesterday. Turning tight and steeply banked I was pushed down and back into my seat and I could see the freighter through the top of the canopy. The plane shook as we opened fire.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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When I was very young, it was a special treat to go to the General Store. Right there on the shelf was a toy tractor. We didn’t have much and Daddy couldn’t buy it for me, but right then and there I decided that someday I would own myself a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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One early autumn morning some birds flew over the surface of Lake Abert, in Oregon. I was in the right spot, with the right lens and I clicked off a couple of shots as the birds flew by. I’m going to claim the image as my own and show it... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A seemingly long time ago, (or more recently, depending on how you view the passage of time these days) I had the temerity to assemble a photographic project entitled Fifty, a collection of my fifty best photographs – up until that point in my life. The motivation was the celebration... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A while back I attended a contemporary art exhibit. The memorable aspect of the exhibit was an explanatory sign on the wall of the exhibit. The sign informed us artwork explored, “the political relationships among gender, culture, religion, labor and social codes.” I was wondering what ever happened to art... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I enjoy photographing old buildings and other objects that have passed their prime. While photographing the renovation of the Cary Elementary School it occurred to me the school was worn out and run down because generations of students had used it. The school building fulfilled its original purpose and was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Last week I talked about my Project Triangle and the characteristics of creating new projects. I have two little stories on that topic. My friend, Brooks Jensen (of LensWork fame) is obsessive about keywording his Lightroom database. He claims he has enough images keyworded to create projects for the rest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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My projects have three characteristics; Time, Place and Theme. Most of my projects have fixed all three characteristics because I went someplace at a specific time and photographed a single subject. If we let at least one of those characteristics vary we can add some variety to what might become... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Some projects just never quit and sometimes it is a struggle just to keep up with them. My Academy Street project just keeps chugging along. The hero image for the Change of Pace folio is the Pasmore House at 307 Academy Street. It was distinguished by two huge oak trees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Sometimes you don't realize a significant change you made is significant unless someone else tells you about it. I was reading the other day where a museum curator made a distinction between image and photograph. The difference is that photograph implies a physical artifact while the use of image implies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Gallery shows are wonderful, a lot of work and tough to come by. The competition for gallery space is intense and the reward is fleeting and very often not financially rewarding. Yet, we still pursue this as a venue to display our art. There is prestige and honor to have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I attended a photo gallery talk a few months ago and the photographer’s description of the difficulties encountered in making the photographs along with the complex technical processing almost made my head hurt. The photographs were very, very good, the stories were great and the cleverness and technical prowess to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Here’s another thought on dealing with an artist statement. I think that most photographers will make their images first and then write that artist statement. I am guilty of that method of work, because I am a photographer first and writing is a struggle I postpone and hope to minimize.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I have written several times about creating artist statements. Here are a couple of more thoughts on that topic. The words don't have to be the last thing you create. Those pesky artist’s statements can be created most any time. You don’t have to wait until all the photographs are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Some of the projects from my old website did not migrate to the new site, falling victim to the advance of Technology. Many images had a long side of 500 pixels at 72dpi. With high resolution monitors and smartphones, such small images would not look good. The world of digital... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In rebuilding my website, I had to locate “hero” images, something to entice my readers to download a project. In this search for images, I discovered a project I cannot remember creating. I guess this just might be another sign of getting older. The amazing find was a pdf publication... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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After I completed last week’s post, I thought a bit more about the Path to Knowledge. (You could scroll down a bit and read last week's post first. I'll wait until you do that.) I made it sound like it was a linear journey to a destination. I assure you,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey