Build a Camera

I challenge you to build a pinhole camera out of cardboard. Here’s a link to how to do it. I guarantee the process will make you look at photography in a different light and you’ll be more attached to the results than any of the iPhone images you took this week.

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An Image on Paper

Photography is the bratty little sibling of the art family. One of the only art mediums invented and driven by market forces rather than artistic drive. First portraiture, later snap-shots. Revolutionaries like Brady, Adams,Ray, Stieglitz, working on the fringes of both the photographic and art worlds developed it beyond that and into a means of deep expression.

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Art as Object

Art is object. Ideas are born, worked on, developed and in the end given life. But ideas alone are not art, they're only seeds. Art is many things, one of which is the intersection it exists between craft and idea

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The Untold Want

Eighteen miles on foot, backpack laden with gear, surrounded by granite and Jeffery pine, I walked on the rooftop of California.

There are times that define us, that seek us out and ask the deep questions of self that only you can answer. Along a small creek, deep in the heart of the John Muir Wilderness was such a time.

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Seaside Oregon, July 2016

I often struggle with the 35mm frame. An odd width, not quite panoramic, and not compressed enough to match the clean feel of a 4x5 dimensioned frame. For years I exclusively photographed square (long before Instagram), I loved the look of equal vertical and horizontal lines. A few years ago I started getting into panoramic images.

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Rialto Beach after Sunset, Olympic NP. 2005

... A sense of peace and a quality elicit of time spent in nature meditation. That place you must go alone where the wind, the sea air, the pebbles underfoot, the pine branches at the beach edge all grow their roots through your soul tugging at the primordial soup that we all still have deep inside. 

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