“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.”


Monday, May 30, 2011


“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.”   ~ Thomas Edison

Nature is so amazingly inventive. Who else would have ever imagined a butterfly or bumblebee, mouse or pig? We are so small in the immense face of nature and yet we act as if we were in charge. It’s a recipe for disaster, a recipe I wish I could change, but alas. I can, however, continue to create images of the natural wonders around us in hopes of inspiring others to stop, look and listen to the miracle that is nature.

Here is a scene of nature and man in seeming harmony. They should put a fence around Montana and Maine and keep them as nature preserves!

Enjoy,

Tom

“Emotionally full and technically imperfect trumps technically perfect and emotionally vacant every time.”


 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Emotionally full and technically imperfect trumps technically perfect and emotionally vacant every time.”   ~ Vincent Versace

I found this quote over on Scott Kelby’s blog today on a wonderful guest post by Mr. Versace. It rings so true. It’s a really worthwhile read and contains some great images. You can find it here. It’s wonderful the way artists are so willing to share their insights with one another. You can find that post here.

I am getting ready to be part of a group show at the Portland, Oregon Japanese Garden. It’s a bit of a challenge, because every image must be of the garden. So many images have been made; the challenge is to see and image with a fresh vision. Here is one such image.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if…”; And then do it.”


Friday, May 20, 2011


Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if…”; And then do it.”   ~ Duane Michals

That “little voice” has been responsible for the greatest inventions and works of art the world has ever seen if we are to believe the many creators who mention listening to it just before they created something amazing, from Einstein to Edison to Picasso.

This is one such image in the let’s see what happens category, it’s so much more than it would have even been without that “let’s see” spirit.

Enjoy,

Tom

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”


Wednesday, May 18, 2011


There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”     ~ Picasso

Walking through the woods, or along the beach one can find countless abstract images in the patterns the waves draw in the sand, the colors and patterns in decaying logs, faces in the rock and on and on. Just keep you eyes open and your mind quiet and you will find no limits for your imagination.

Here is an image where I started with something that was interesting in and of itself, but to my mind, became even more interesting as I developed its abstract possibilities.

Enjoy,

Tom

“I like photographs which leave something to the imagination.”


Friday, May 13, 2011


I like photographs which leave something to the imagination.”     ~ Fay Godwin

To paraphrase Picasso, you need to just give the viewer enough for their mind to fill in the details. That’s why equipment gurus, who think they are now going to get the most amazing pictures with the purchase of the latest greatest, are usually very disappointed. It’s not in the camera. It’s not in the lenses; it’s in the heart and soul of the eye in the viewfinder. Don’t get me wrong, one needs to hone one’s technical skills to fully develop the ability to visually share one’s vision, but the heart will always be the key.

Anyone who knows me, knows how I love the coast and how I have simply fallen in love with the Oregon coast. Here is an image that is very painterly, but it seems just right for this particular image.

Enjoy,

Tom

“I can’t point to a favourite picture, I love so many, otherwise I would not have spent such a large part of my life on them.”


Monday, May 9, 2011


I can’t point to a favourite picture, I love so many, otherwise I would not have spent such a large part of my life on them.”     ~ Fay Godwin

This applies, for me, to all the arts. I love images by any competent artist, photographer, illustrator, etc. Good images stir something inside us, make us feel something, hopefully make us look deeper at ordinary things and sometimes acquaint us with extraordinary things and events. I have always been a visual personality, I even learn more easily by “watching,” than any other method, even though I love to read.

Here is an ordinary image, of an ordinary street in an ordinary town, and yet I still find it quite interesting.

Enjoy,

Tom

“Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.”


Friday, May 6, 2011


Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.”     ~ Edward Weston

It is hard work to get the image in the camera and it is hard work to process in post production. It take years to get good at both and there are no shortcuts to the learning curve. I must say that the pleasure makes it all worthwhile!

To get to the proper place at the proper time to capture this image, I arrived about an hour before sunset. By the time the sun actually set, there were probably 15 photographers with tripods all around me, but being the early bird got me the prime spot.

Enjoy,

Tom

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”


Monday, May 2, 2011

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Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”     ~ Ansel Adams/br>

Yep! I firmly believe that if he were alive today he would embrace the digital world and Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and all the rest of the modern technology because he embraced the “infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”/br>

Here is an image, that I feel expresses all of that./br>

Enjoy,/br>
Tom