All posts filed under: An Appreciation

Looking at it another way…

Photography is such a subjective art.. Always looking to see things in a different light… as it were… The hints and tricks abound… Leading lines , and placement of the ‘subject’ in certain areas of the frame. Quadrants, and zone focusing… Adams, and Cartier-Bresson, and any number of flash (HAH!) in the pan photographers. Fashion photographers, and street photographers, and landscape photographers… Papparazzi… Any style of photographer you can come up with… there’s a practitioner out there who claims it for the one true style… Don’t get me started on style… But as long as you take what is good, and can see your way through the pretentious and the merely stylistic nonsense… as long as you can see your way through the fluff of another trying to convince you to join their cult… you’ll be okay… Don’t let the naysayers and the “anything, as long as it’s new…” campers get to you… In whatever you do… Business, or teaching, or the law… politics… you have to decide. Will you be a sheep, following the …

So small, and far away…

  On this, the day of the Winter Solstice here in the northern reaches of th USA, the shortest day of the year is also bright and sunny… after several weeks of less than stellar weather… The above photo was taken 2 days ago, during a fluke clearing of the skies. The sun looks so small and far away. Now begins the long, slow, and ofttimes painful climb back into the longer days, and warmer weather… just like every year about this time… Funny how that works out, huh?          

Rice fields…

  The rice fields of Vietnam. In the Sa Pa region, to be specific… What a lovely people. So warm, and generous… I’d definitely go back one day, should the opportunity arise. A little about the picture… I had just completed 2+ years in the urban environment of Macau, and was desperate for a view such as this one. I had already spent a month in Thailand, and two weeks in Cambodia, but nothing really presented itself to me, without the marks of Man all over it. And then, on the first day in Sa Pa, we passed so much greenery, I was beside myself. Which is a neat trick… if you can pull it off. There might be those who would postulate that this, too, has the footprint of human habitation… Profoundly! But after so long in what was, arguably, the most densely populated environment on earth, I was ready to accept whatever was being offered… Kinda like being a photographer… in a zen sorta way!        

Yellowstone…

  There are times in your life which you look back on as having become seminal points in your personal history. Not that you’re immediately aware of the fact. … but sometimes you are… A trip to the state of Wyoming 2+ years ago was one such point for me. Because I knew going in that it had the potential to be a bit of a turning point. I went with expectation of finding dark skies and attempting to photograph stars. So far, so good… mission tenuously accomplished. What I also found was a previously unknown fearlessness, concerning landscape photography. Up until that point, I lacked the courage to shoot landscapes, having been under the spell of, and intimidated by, the great photographers of our collective past. Great, iconic images of the American West had been a large part of what set me down this path in the first place. And then very fine images by people I had the privilege to know, and whose work I admired. But upon landing in Wyoming, the fear …