JUST?

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David131 Comments

At least a couple times a week I get a great email from someone with something nice to say, some piece of advice they’re seeking, or just a general “hey how are ya?” and that email will say something like “I’m just an amateur photographer, but…” Just? That word elicits some pretty mixed responses in me. It makes me angry …

On Art(s) And Craft(s)

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David43 Comments

My buddy RC started me thinking about this topic again when he posted something on his blog about whether photography is or is not art. I replied, as did a few others. Pleasantly it did not descend to the usual name-calling and “them’s fightin’ words” kinds of challenges with pistols and so on. But it’s an interesting conversation and I …

Vision. An Attempt to Clarify.

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David36 Comments

I’ve been lurking around the bloggy parts of the internet, listening in on conversations to which I am uninvited but in which my name gets mentioned often alongside the word “vision.” I hear lots of people inspired to chase their vision and express it more clearly. I also hear that some folks are just plain frustrated. Frustrated by all this …

Stockpiling the Creative

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David10 Comments

I’m drawing on an ancient narrative for this one, but stick with me, I’m going somewhere with it. My Jewish friends and family just celebrated Passover, a time of celebration and commemoration of the release of the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt, thousands of years ago, under the leadership of Moses. God says let my people go, Pharaoh says  …

Vision Priority Mode

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David27 Comments

I was going to end this week off with a list of photography bloggers who are dishing it up consistently well, but I’d like to give y’all a little more time to weigh in on that. So I’ll post that next week. In the mean time, something a little more along the lines of brainfood. Sometimes I find myself saying …

More Funny Business.

In Just For Fun, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons by David5 Comments

Last Friday’s post on what photographers can learn from comedians has become – in one week! – the most popular post on this blog. Something struck a chord, I guess. Or it was the green suit. Possibly both. So here’s a couple more, picking up the thread where I left off, to bring us to 10. 8. Timing is everything. …

Know Your Place, Part Two

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons by David14 Comments

I alluded yesterday to the tendency of photographers, particularly working photographers who endeavor to do this for a living and therefore feel the stakes are higher, to compete with each other. Few things kill the creative spirit so efficiently. We become photographers, most of us, because in this craft we discover a means of expression that suits us. And we …