All posts filed under: An Appreciation

A beautiful cold….

There comes a time in your life… (hopefully just as frequently as the opportunities arise for you)… when you have to say to yourself “Well, yeah, it’s disgustingly cold out there, but gosh darn it, I’m going out in it anyway…” And I assure you that’s the PG version of my inner dialogue… I mean, look at the color in the sky… Advertisements

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!