Creativity

In Pep Talks, Quoted, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David11 Comments

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. – Edwin Land Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. – Rita Mae Brown Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams A few years ago I had one of those mind-altering epiphanies and before you jump …

Pressfield on Craft

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“The professional respects his craft. He does not consider himself superior to it. He recognizes the contributions of those who have gone before him. He apprentices himself to them. The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique not because he beleives techinque is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills …

A Theory (And an Alliteration): Image=Impact+Information

In Thoughts & Theory by David6 Comments

The more image reviews I do the more I come back to a paradigm that’s been hatching in my brain. On the off chance it’s helpful to others (or even comprehensible) I’m going to try explaining it here. I’m probably just re-packaging what others before me have taught, but then aren’t we all? This is just the way I look …

Mountain, Part Two

In Pep Talks, Thoughts & Theory by David10 Comments

Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks album playing. A dram of 16 yr. Lagavullin. Annie Dillard echoing in my brain. Kate comments that she was struck by the same words I blogged about only an hour ago. Still struck by the parallels between the goals and process of the writer and the photographer. A photograph, so they say, is worth a thousand …

Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

In Pep Talks, Thoughts & Theory by David6 Comments

Sitting here reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. She talks frankly about the difficult process of writing and the need to get through the early stuff  (crappy first drafts, as Ann Lamott calls them) in order to get to the good stuff. “Writers seem to have as hard a time with this as photographers,” I was thinking. Then she …

Lesson Number Two.

In Thoughts & Theory by David14 Comments

I head home today. The 33rd day on the road ends at 3pm today when I hit the ground in Vancouver, clear customs, pick up my bags and head home. If all goes well and the customs guy decides to let me through without using a latex glove, and my baggage travels on the same plane as I do, I …

Bruce Gilden – Artist or Thug?

In Thoughts & Theory by David43 Comments

I just watched a very entertaining video of Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden over at the Online Photographer. Then I read the comments, and I strongly suggest any of you with an interest in street photography do the same. The commenters, myself included fall on either side of the fence on this – either deriding Gilden’s technique or praising it (and …