“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.”


Wednesday  October 19, 2011


Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.”
Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
”   ~ Man Ray

It is “inspiration” that has always driven me. It may be of passing interest to know the how of a Van Gogh or a Picasso or an Ansel Adams, but if the image didn’t grab me at a deep level, why would I even care? In fact, the only reason the “how” might interest me is that I am an artist and improving my craft, to better express my vision is important to me, but without the vision and inspiration what good could the “how” be to me?

Portland, Oregon is a city of parks with more than 200 of them. This is an ordinary scene on a warm summer day in Portland, the people enjoying the park, the trees and the city just beyond. It’s part of  what makes Portland such a livable city

Enjoy,
Tom

“To visualize an image (in whole or in part) is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print.”


Friday,  October 14, 2011


To visualize an image (in whole or in part) is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print.”   ~ Ansel Adams

It‘s for this ability, “to visualize an image, prior to exposure,” that we take all the time to improve our craft and learn our equipment. It’s this ability that enables us to create images that stand out from the crowd, images that will touch others. It will help us find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

This is a very simple image, but it captures the sprit of the day perfectly. The background clouds were very helpful in highlighting the kites.

Enjoy,
Tom

“The traditional difficulty of balancing the mechanical with the imaginative schools of photography still operates.“


Wednesday,  October 12, 2011


The traditional difficulty of balancing the mechanical with the imaginative schools of photography still operates. In schools of photography meaningful art education is often lacking and on the strength of their technical ability alone students, deprived of a richer artistic training, are sent forth inculcated with the belief that they are creative photographers and artists. It is yet a fact that today, as in the past, the most inspiring and provocative works in photography come as much (and probably more) from those who are in the first place artists.”   ~ Aaron Scharg

Whew! That’s a long quote. It is, however, quite to the point and I feel that this is what fuels the “if I get better, more expensive equipment, I’ll be a better photographer” school of thought. Technical skills are invaluable, in that they help the artist to better express his/her vision, but the cart must follow the horse, the artist must guide the technical, not the other way round. The artists ability to “see” and “visualize” must never be taken for granted, because without them all the equipment and technique in the world will just produce mediocre images.

I was out on the coast to capture sea and sky, but these got in my way and captured my eye and my fancy!

Enjoy,
Tom

“I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.”


Friday,  October 7, 2011


I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself
and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.
”   ~ Harry Callahan

To me, that’s what gathering and creating images is all about, adventure and expression of experience. It what gets me up in the morning, raring to go and face another day. I love the world, especially the natural world, but I love capturing the many faces of human experience as well. In point of fact, I will image anything that catches my attention and imagination. I will try to “see” it as fully as I am capable of and strive continuously to deepen my insight into what my senses perceive. To me, this is more important that the equipment I use, the camera is just a machine, it can’t capture your “vision” if you don’t have one!

This is a portrait of a lovely fellow, captured in his natural envisions. We had a wonderful little chat!

Enjoy,
Tom

“I became a photographer to change the world. It’s just been a little bit harder than I thought it would be.”


Wednesday,  October 5, 2011


I became a photographer to change the world. It’s just been a little bit harder than I thought it would be.”   ~ Jodi Cobb

This is a quote from a quest blog over at Scott Kelby’s blog today. It’s a wonderful, sad, and terribly important post about a subject everyone living should become aware of. Your can find it here (link), but be ready, it’s a hard read and can really make you ashamed of the human condition.

This is an image that, I hope shows another side of humanity, the one we should all work to realize in our lives and upon this earth.

Enjoy,
Tom