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cloud watching

When I was sixty, I had a revelation I should have had when I was six. Between classes at work, I liked to lie on my back on a bench outside and gaze at the sky. I was lying there on a warm summer day, the sky clear blue above and to the north over Lake Erie but with a bank of cumulus clouds looming from the southwest. I looked…

photography

edges

Because I usually prefer a square print and work with rectangular negatives, I have to pay particular attention to cropping. I hardly ever see the edge of my image through the lens. When I shoot I am drawn to an element of light and I place it within the lens frame where I think it might eventually be in the print, but I’m not fanatical about it. Cropping in the…

cleveland

photographing the familiar

Tourists takes tourist photos which are limited, inevitably, to shots of features—mountains, shores, bays, sunsets, waterfalls, architecture, the list seems endless—to which they are attracted because they aren’t accustomed to them in their familiar environments. What they see are only the most salient features of where they are, often made so by commercialization. One must inhabit a landscape over time, perhaps for a lifetime, if one is to photograph its…

cleveland

toward the light

Toward the Light is my experience exploring the distinctive qualities of light in Cleveland, Ohio, where I live. I know very little about the physics of light, and I am a self-trained photographer, so I can’t speak technically about it. But in my experience Cleveland light has its own character perhaps shared somewhat with other parts of the Great Lakes region. It may have something to do with the latitude,…

fiber art

mindfulness and craft

“Non-thinking repetition of mechanical forms allows one to concentrate simply on being without the distraction of having to make decisions, artistic or otherwise.” (Leonard Koren, Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers , p.35) Those in the artistic community who derogate certain kinds of craft sometimes call it mindless repetition. There is, though, an important difference between mindless repetition and, as Koren says, “non-thinking repetition.” If one values the…

cleveland

obsessive emulsion disorder

  The photo abstractions in the on-going series I like to call Obsessive Emulsion Disorder are made without using a camera. I expose black and white sheet film to a bare light bulb to produce a solid black negative in which all possible visual information (in the form of silver halide grains) is present. The black negative is a metaphor of chaos, but within that chaos is the potential for…

inspiration

seeing upright

A universal spiritual principal I dedicate myself to is the ideal of neither desiring nor fearing any particular experience. The ways in which the world’s wisdom traditions express this ideal are numerous and varied. It is the ideal behind the notion of Acceptance, whether of Truth, or the Tao, or, God’s will. It is the meaning of Obedience and the essence of Humility. It is the Zen principal of Equanimity…

cleveland

what am i doing with a camera?

what am i doing with a camera?

I do not consider myself a documentary photographer because I do not believe photography has a documentary imperative. From a spiritual perspective, to grasp at life in order to create some sort of permanence is a misperception of reality, so to believe the camera preserves a moment in time is to believe photography perpetuates a delusion. Life is a process of perpetual becoming, of infinite creation. Life is art, and…