“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”


Wednesday,  September 28, 2011


Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”   ~ Matt Hardy

This is true of the artist in any medium. The artist “sees” where the average person just “looks.” It takes vision and heart to see beyond the surface of things into the mystery that lies just beyond, kind of like a hidden glimmering. The artist must train himself to see beyond the face value of experience and develop the skills of “seeing and composition.”

Here is a simple scene along the Oregon coast on a foggy summer morning that none-the-less is full of life and subtle action of cloud and sky.

Enjoy,
Tom

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”


Friday,  September 23, 2011


There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”   ~ Ansel Adams

This is the hardest thing for photographer/artist to understand, it’s not the rules that make good images, it’s images that touch the heart and imagination of the viewer. To me, each and every image is a separate entity that requires its own treatment. It’s our job to make that image express whatever we were feeling at the time of capture.

I love poppies and I love the paintings of them by Emile Nolde, this image is an homage to Nolde.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”


Wednesday,  September 21, 2011


Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”   ~ Luther Standing Bear

Hard indeed is the heart that cannot commune with nature, partake in her beauty, her endless creativity, her peace and her timelessness. Any man who walks into the woods or along the shore cannot help but feel her healing powers. Those who are city born, city raised and live their lives inside city walls would sacrifice her majesty, all the while unawares that they are sacrificing their own existence.

Here is a close-up of nature at her most whimsical and lovely. These are the painted hills in central Oregon.

Enjoy,
Tom

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”


Friday,  September 16, 2011


It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”   ~ Ansel Adams

This has never been more true than today, when there are those who want to eliminate the EPA, get rid of all restrictions on carbon emissions and drill at will in the most pristine areas of the world. They have forgotten that our most precious resource it the earth itself. It is our one and only home in the vast darkness of space. It is simply irreplaceable and blessed with a beauty so great as to almost be unimaginable. So fight we must, to save our mother earth and as many of her wonderful creatures as humanly possible!

A common creature indeed, but lovely none the less, lost within the inexpressible beauty of this world. Here is where one may find peace and alinement with the spirit within.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!.”


Wednesday,  September 14, 2011


Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!.”   ~ Bob Marley

“Put your vision to reality.” Without vision, you may as well just stay home and watch the television, because you won’t come back with any images worth sharing. Vision is born or heart, mind and soul, all working together in harmony. It takes all three to “see” in a unique way that will entice the imagination of others.

Here is a vision of pure wildness and freedom. These two I love and seek to incorporate into my life. They feed all three, heart, mind and soul!

Enjoy,
Tom

“The soul is here for its own joy.”


Friday,  September 9, 2011


The soul is here for its own joy.”   ~ Rumi

This is something to remember and hold dear in these troubling times. Even in times like this when the environment and nature itself is under attack there is still so much beauty in this world of ours and the soul can still find much to rejoice in. My lens seems to be able to find much joy to focus upon!

This is a scene from the Portland Japanese garden in Portland, OR, and yet it is reminiscent of a victorian garden.

Enjoy,
Tom

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”


Wednesday,  September 7, 2011


While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”   ~ Dorothea Lange

Ain’t it the truth? A great image takes us beyond what you can see with the eye into the realm of the heart. It becomes art an expression of our vision rather than just a snapshot of reality.

A fishing fleet is just a bunch of ships, and yet it captures our imagination in so many ways.

Enjoy,
Tom

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”


Friday,  September 2, 2011


You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”   ~ Ansel Adams

This is the “secret” of all great artists. In a word, their experiences. The more you have the deeper your vision, the more expansive your ability to see deeply into the essence of what lies in your viewfinder.

This is an image of an ordinary person going about his daily work, that captures the spirit of place very well.

Enjoy,
Tom