Photography: The Witnessed or The Witness

April 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Moving beyond the witnessed reality to express the reality of the witness For me this marks the difference between documenting photography (and there is nothing wrong with that) and self-expression in photography. Let me start by stating that there is no such thing as an objective reality, because we all see reality through our own filters, but le...
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The Missing Ingredient

January 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Sometimes my heart sinks when I see a truly magnificent photograph, artfully and skillfully created, being reduced to some raw ingredients by some other photographers. The questions and comments revolving around exposure, brand of camera, time of day and location. There might be compliments involved, but mostly these questions are asked in order fo...
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Restore, Reset and Renew, 2021 in Retrospective

December 24, 2021  •  3 Comments
At the end of each year I choose a word for the upcoming 365 days, a word that will act as my compass. The word I chose for 2021 was Restore. The year before had left me feeling broken and lost and I had every intention of bouncing back, even though my old normal would never return. Within the first few days of the year I took my first big step;...
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The Sketching Photographer

September 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The one thing that is stressed in the lifelong ongoing education of painters, draftsmen and animators alike is to sketch...always, anywhere, any place, any time. Sketching sharpens the vision, it focusses the eye onto everything that is of value to conveying the emotion of a scene, the essence of it. Photographers though often put down their tri...
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Interpretations and Perceptions of the Landscape

July 02, 2021  •  1 Comment
Photography is often mistakenly believed to be a factual representation of what is. Different types of photographers hold different beliefs as to how factual it should be and discussions on this subject often end up being rather heated. I think that as we have been given the opportunity as a living being to create and to not just exist, this discus...
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