“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Kites_Clouds_Sky


Friday June 28, 2013


Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.  Edgar Degas

What is the least bit creative about just capturing what is in front of your eyes, tack sharp, in camera as so many folks are so proud of doing? Where is the art, where is the vision, where is the soul? Art happens when you go beyond the obvious, the visible world and show something of the world hidden behind the surface of things. Don’t believe me? Study what every great artist has had to say about it and you will see that they all agree on this point. Learn to use your gear very well, but go beyond it, transcend it with your own, unique vision.

I hope you can experience some of the magic of this image at this small size, it really comes to life when viewed at larger sizes, but you can use your imagination!

Enjoy,
Tom

“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.”

ThePhotoAndTillie


Wednesday June 26, 2013


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

How refreshing it is when one meets someone who is interested in the image itself and not the technique or gear. The image is the message, after all. That’s why it’s wonderful to talk with art collectors instead of photographers, the latter often don’t even seem to see the image itself, just want the facts!

I must say that this is one of my favorite images. They are completely unaware of me, I love the way his feet are buried in the sand for stability,  His pose is priceless and hers is great as well. His shoes are sitting off to the side, he is wearing a “Tillie” hat and the lighthouse on the rock in the distance is nick-named “Tillie.” Her red bag is totally fortuitous; being at the right place at the right time is sometimes a product of pure grace.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Thereʼs no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership.”

WeatheredStack_SealBeach


Friday June 21, 2013


Thereʼs no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership.  Hugh MacLeod

Ha! Tell the popular photography magazines that! In our heart of hearts, however, we all know that Ansel could capture fabulous images with a Brownie Box Camera. The greatest equipment in the world cannot provide vision, passion or composition. A sharp image has nothing to do with artful images and more megapixels often mean larger banal images.

The Oregon coast offers an endless supply of wonderful photographic choices. This one was captured at Seal Beach, south of Newport, Oregon using s Singh-ray blue and gold filter.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.”

WhiteSalmonRiver


Wednesday June 19, 2013


Art is not a thing, it is a way.  Elbert Hubbard

This is an important concept. Art is a journey, not a thing, or thought or idea. Art is a long journey and the longer you travel and your degree of dedication matter, they matter a whole lot. Art is a joy, but art is hard. It’s hard to be good, it’s hard to make a living, but for the true creative, there is just no other journey will do.

This is a simple image, simple composition, not many colors, yet it tells a story and brings you into the world of the subject. Simple is good!

Enjoy,
Tom

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”

SandSeaRockSky


Friday June 14, 2013


Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.  Zen Saying

We tend to forget this, thinking we must do something all the time. In truth, nature is a perfect system. No waste, perfect harmony and inter-dependency, all working   well until we begin to try to improve things. We forget that nature has had eons to perfect itself, while we are relatively newcomers to the scene. I am always at my best when I slow down and just be, rather than trying to control everything around me. It’s when I do my best work, it’s when things in my life go most smoothly, but it seems to be a lesson I have to constantly relearn!

Basic elements of the earth come together to form a most dynamic scene in this image.

Enjoy,
Tom

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

Rust


Wednesday June 12, 2013


“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” ~ Paul Strand

That’s right, you don’t have to travel to Katmandu to capture a great image, you can find one anywhere, even on your own doorstep! So called “iconic” images have been way over done. if I never see another image of red rocks it will be too soon. The whole wide world is a miracle, approach it with your heart and eyes wide open and you will begin to see fabulous images almost anywhere you choose to look.

I reside in Portland, Oregon, city of bridges, here is an image I captured walking over one of them. Close to home, not “iconic” but certainly interesting.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Green was the silence, wet was the light,the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

Hydrangea


Wednesday June 6, 2013


“Green was the silence, wet was the light,the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda

June is a transitional month, changing from spring into summer. It can be cold, cloudy and wet, or sunny and warm. On the very same day, many times. The roses are in bloom, birdsong fills the air and hope is everywhere. Can you guess? I love the month of June!

This is an image from a very wet spring, these blooms promising better days to come, in terms of weather.

Enjoy,
Tom

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”

HiddenInPlainSight


Friday May 31, 2013


We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.  Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation

If not us, who? If not now, when? These words have never been more true, or urgent than now. It seems to me that the so called “men of power” (and that goes for the women too) act as if they had no children or grandchildren. They act as if harming the “birds, animals, fish and trees” have no consequence for them personally. It becomes more obvious every moment that nothing could be further from the truth. Though my heart breaks daily, I will continue, as best I can to speak of and for the miraculous beauty of this world in my images, for they are a labor of love, born out of a love of creation.

This little creature of the high desert probably doesn’t realize that he has a arrow, painted with light, pointing right at him! Kind of blows his camouflage.

Enjoy,
Tom