“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

Monday, March 28, 2011

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”     ~ Albert Einstein

For the artist, it is a requirement to “see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts!” Without your own fresh vision, why would anyone be interested in your work? The artist must stand alone and learn to see the world in their own peculiar way, this is called personal vision and it’s what makes each artist’s work singular.

Each artist sees in their own way. Here is an image that represents how I saw and interpreted a particular fall scene.



“It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do…”

Friday, March 26, 2011

It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.”     ~ Bill Brandt

This holds true for the artist in general. You must look “more intensely” until you almost see a “hidden glimmering” there, to paraphrase Basho. In Zen its called “Beginners Mind,” this “receptiveness of the child” that allows clear vision without all sorts or preconceived ideas and conceptions to stand in the way of what is in front of our eyes. I believe it’s the most important quality an artist/photographer/image maker can possess.

Here, I feel is an example of this. I was at the Portland, Oregon Rose Garden, just wandering around and “looking’ and I spotted this little beauty in a forgotten corner, almost hidden from sight, it’s not even a rose, and yet…




“I am an artist first and a photographer second.”

Monday, March 21, 2011

I am an artist first and a photographer second.”     ~ Andres Serrano

This I agree with totally. It’s why I have no qualms manipulating an image in any way that I feels help express my vision. Some images I hardly change at all, others I may alter extensively to express my vision. Its not the artists job to copy nature slavishly but to create images that express his feelings, vision, and emotions. Every image is manipulated in some way by every photographer, whether digital or film, each and every image carries the artist’s subjective preferences for each and every image must be processed in some way before its presentation. So any argument against such post processing is a quantitative one. I simply have no qualms changing an image in any way i feel is suitable to my particular vision!

Here is an image I manipulated a bit more than some, but It expresses what I was striving to express.



“No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2011

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.”     ~ Robert Adams

Or in todays lingo, an empty card or two. The real point is that no place is boring to the true artist with eyes to see and a quiet mind to absorb her surroundings. Cézanne just painted his immediate surrounding for most of his life.

What could be more ordinary than this scene, yet the combination of textures and   forms makes it somehow interesting.



“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera…”

Monday, March 9, 2011

Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.”     ~ Ansel Adams

Without the “open, aware heart” what kind of results can one expect. You images have to be born in the depths of your heart and soul if they are to speak to others. If your “life is your art” you will find wonderful images everywhere, for you are alive to the world. The “bright eyes and easy smile” are a result of the open heart and your oneness with your world.

Here is an image strait from the “heart” of life. In it you enter the world of the subject and experience his world for a moment.




“Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees…”

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.”     ~ John Muir

John Muir should be required reading in all our schools. He so deeply loved the wilderness of this great land. Today this wilderness is under attack from so many sources that it would be informative to reveal his insights to the general population in order that it might swell the ranks of those interested in preserving this priceless legacy for future generations.

Here is an image of a wonderful old tree near Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.




“A frog in a well does not know the great sea.”

Monday, March 7, 2011

A frog in a well does not know the great sea.”     ~ Japanese Proverb

Ah, the “Great Sea!” I just spent a very stormy week on the Oregon coast. How I miss the sound of the pounding surf and seeing incredibly beautiful gulls mastering the tempest like winds. I always find it healing to body and soul to spend time near the ocean. It was a bit stormy, so I was not able to capture many new images, but it was a chance to work with previously captured images that I never got around to. I’m happy to say that I found a few winners that I will be posting soon.

Here is an image of one of those magic gulls I love so much. It must be heaven for a gull to live in such pristine conditions. They are big, healthy and extremely proficient fliers. You hardly ever see them fight with each other, like you do with urban gulls; if you spend the day observing them, you can sense that they are truly enjoying their lives.