Amongst the Crowd

Landscape photography is often not about finding the hidden spot, it’s about your vision of whatever is in front of you and how you execute it. Recently I was back in the Yosemite, which always feels like coming home to me. When a place touches you like this it will always have that warm enveloping feeling like coming home to a Thanksgiving dinner or seeing an old friend and picking up the conversation where it was left years before.

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Pyrocat HD

I’ve been using the same BW film and developer combination for 14 years; Kodak T-max 100 developed in Kodak X-tol 1:1 dilution. It’s what I tested when I was in school and it was tested for printing onto Ilford Multigrade IV darkroom paper.

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Chai Tea on Black Glass

One of the more intense school assignments was a project called Black Glass. The project last a month, if I remember correctly, and it taught how to light and photograph reflections. Each image had to be shot on 4x5 Polaroid negative film before being shot on black and white and chrome film. Photographing a reflective surface is quite possibly the hardest thing in product photography for it ‘sees’ everything on set, including at times the photographer and camera

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Go Make Art...

Art is our universal language. It has no cultural boundary for it is the fingerprint of our shared humanity. It is a shared gift we all posses. We have long forgotten the struggles of the upper paleolithic peoples of Southern Europe; their societal, political or environmental hardships, but their art lives into the twenty first century…

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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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Deep Survival

There’s a book titled Deep Survival by Laurence Goncales. The book describes in detail the physiological progression of surviving, or not, a life and death situation. Essentially who lives and who dies. Oddly it has far less to do with a set of learned skills; ability to make fire, a shelter, gather water, and more to do with your mental state.

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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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