Musings

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 »

Musing December 2016

What’s next? I have just had the most amazing experience of my professional life! On November 26th Alchemy of Light opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. I was completely unprepared for the experience of walking onto the third floor of the museum to be face-to-face with 30-foot banners of my name and images. My work was grouped into three rooms while a fourth was covered with ceiling to floor pictures of Read the rest of this entry »