“damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning…”


Friday,  March 30, 2012


…damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning,
damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy, that won’t throw
its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round
world, the full existence…
”  e.e. cummings

To be a true artist you must risk, jump into the circle, enter into the tension, otherwise you will just be a bystander. To be an artist you must be a precipitator, you must be able to enter into experience with your whole being, to feel to touch, to become part of. Only then will you be able to create that which will resonate with others, to touch them in an intimate way with your work.

This is a typical Portland Oregon scene, someone has done some self-decoration on their little automobile! Apparently they are “into the circle.”

Enjoy,
Tom

“Painting or poetry is made as one makes love – a total embrace, prudence thrown to the winds, nothing held back.”


Wednesday,  March 28, 2012


Painting or poetry is made as one makes love – a total embrace, prudence thrown to the winds, nothing held back.”  Joan Miro

What the above quote means to me is that one must put one’s whole self into one’s work, no holds barred. This is not usually a problem for the true artist, for the work is life itself to her. I know I don’t feel quite right when I don’t work for a time.

What could be more Northwest than espresso, rain and bikes?

Enjoy,
Tom

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”


Wednesday,  March 14, 2012


A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”  ~ Ansel Adams

“What one feels,” is probably the most important thing for an artist in any medium. If you don’t feel anything for the work, how can you expect it to resonate with anyone else. Not likely. Your heart, soul, mind, your very self must be at the center of your work or it will lack that vital something the sets it apart.

I met this gentleman late one evening in the fall at the train station in Portland, Oregon. He wanted to know why I wished to take his photo, I told him the truth, that he was one handsome cowboy!

Enjoy,
Tom

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”


Friday,  March 9, 2012


A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”  ~ Edward Steichen

I love this quote because it illustrates the basic truth that the camera is just a tool, like a paintbrush to a painter. It’s the combined instinct, knowledge and skill of the photographer on one side and the soul of the person on the other working together in a special harmony that creates  a great portrait.

To me this is a perfect illustration to what has been said above!

Enjoy,
Tom

“The job of art is to chase the ugly away.”

Columbia Gorge, Oregon


Wednesday,  March 7, 2012


The job of art is to chase the ugly away.”  ~ Bono

Not everyone would agree with Bono, but I have no problem with it. My love of this beautiful, mysterious planet is what inspires me to want to capture it in images, to share them with others and hopefully make more people aware of the need to protect it from those who would defile it. I stand with John Muir, Ansel Adams, Bono and John Lennon and all those, big and small who have worked to enlighten people to that need.

This is an image from high about the Columbia Gorge on a very cloudy day, where every once in awhile the sun would break though the clouds and provide magically lit scenes.

Enjoy,
Tom

“There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.”


Friday, March 2, 2012


“There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” ~ Henry Moore

I’ve never know an artist that wanted to retire. To an artist, their work is a bit of a compulsion, fueled by passion, vision, love, hate, joy and sorrow. Not necessarily in equal amounts or equally if each artist, but the point is, to an artist the work is her life. There is no separation between the two.

To the gull, there is no separation between themselves, the sea, wind, sun or rain. One cannot exist without the other.

Enjoy,
Tom