Musing December 2017

A Project Evolves and an Obsession Ends Back in 2009 I became interested in photographing the Erie Canal. As a project it offered history and historic structures in contemporary use, it covered a sizeable and varied topography and was within a day’s drive of home. The locks and dams on the Tennessee River where I grew up were huge and inaccessible but my first visit to the Erie Canal’s more human scaled locks hooked me Read the rest of this entry »

Musing September 2017

Lessons from a Workshop The simple truth about being a photo workshop teacher is this, I usually learn more from my students than they learn from me. I have come to realize that my job is primarily to find interesting places for people to make photographs, make the place accessible as possible, and provide a safe environment for them to work, and then get out of their way. Occasionally then need a piece or two Read the rest of this entry »

Musing June 2017

Big Dreams Make Photographers Great Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” raises the question in my mind of “When was America great?” I think it’s a valuable question to mull on. For me, America was great when we dreamed big. In driving to my Virginia workshop I was primarily on the Interstate system of roads. The Interstate system was a big dream, which provided easy transportation for everyone with a car to travel around Read the rest of this entry »

Musing March 2017

Close Enough isn’t and Good Enough won’t be I should have two trashcans in my darkroom - one labeled “good enough” and the other “close enough”. When I catch myself thinking a print is “good enough" or “close enough” then the print needs to go into the designated can. This is my own short hand to myself that the print is not up to my standards. It reminds me to question if I’m rushing to get Read the rest of this entry »