“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”


Wednesday,  February 29, 2012


All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”  Echart Tolle

I can’t speak for all artists, I do know, however, that this is true for me. Both when I am out in the field capturing images and afterwards during post I go into a meditative state where I allow my inner intuitions to guide me to my final image. I have been working for a long enough time as an artist, and I know my tools well enough that I don’t have to put a lot of time into framing a image, it’s intuitive,  so I can just wander and let my senses guide me.

This is one of the sand gardens in Portland Japanese Garden, on a typical rainy day. The garden is lovely in all seasons and very peaceful.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Where light and shadow fall on your subject – that is the essence of expression and art through photography.”

Cannon Beach at twilight.


Wednesday,  February 8, 2012


“Where light and shadow fall on your subject – that is the essence of expression and art through photography.”  Scott Boume

Light and shadow, darkness and light, all of life exists between these two, and so of course does art, being a part of life. How to direct the light and thereby the viewers eye is the challenge that all artists must take on and conquer. Color is also light and how we use it convey feelings and emotions to the viewer, this is true even with black and white. Painting with light, what a wonderful adventure!

Here the natural light of day is almost gone, the little lights of the town are just coming to life. It makes for a wonderful, intimate scene with overtones of man living with the vastness of nature, the loneliness at the end of day and other poetic meanings that one can read into it.

Enjoy,
Tom

“I began to realize that film sees the world differently than the human eye, and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed.”

This is an image from the Oregon coast, south of Canon Beach.


Friday,  February 3, 2012


I began to realize that film sees the world differently than the human eye, and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed.”  Galen Rowell

Understanding the above can give you great freedom in your work and enable one to transform oneself from a mere “picture taker” into a full blown artist. Once you understand the difference between the reality and the image, you can take advantage of that difference to create truly powerful images.

This is an image looking sound down the Oregon coast for a lookout south of Canon Beach, the waves are crashing, the sun is shinning and the sky if full of massive clouds, a photographers paradise!

Enjoy,
Tom

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition…”

Haystack Rock, Oregon Coast


Wednesday,  February 1, 2012


You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”  Alan Alda

You cannot create outstanding images with your thoughts or by following a plan in your head. You can develop your technical skills that way, but you need to see and shoot with your intuition and your heart to venture into the rarified air of great images. These are the treasures of your being; that will lead you to your own uniqueness and from there alone springs original work.

There is really nothing “simple” about Haystack rock. It is a whole eco-system in itself, the title refers to the image, Haystack and little else. One of the “wonders of the world“ along the Oregon coast.

Enjoy,
Tom