Confessions of a So-Called PRO.

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David242 Comments

Shot in Senegal. Long shutter speed. Dawn. Through the windshield. Moments before driver drove off the road, through the ditch and stalled in the bushes. A while back I wrote a piece about the “I’m only an amateur” mentality. In brief it was an unashamed rally call to photographers everywhere to stop seeing themselves as merely an enthusiast, not yet …

No Vision Without Passion

In Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David50 Comments

My friend Yves on safari in Kenya. Yves will travel with me to India this year too, and I can’t wait to hang out with him again. He’s a surgeon, but his passion for photography would humble many of the pros I know. I think it was Zack Arias who recently said that if he hear the word “passion” one …

Just Released: The Inspired Eye II

In Craft & Vision, e-books, Vision Is Better by David35 Comments

The Inspired Eye, Notes on Creativity for Photographers, Vol I has been one of the most well-received eBooks we’ve put out. When I first wrote it I had in mind a second volume. Hence the clever business about it being Volume I. Well the sequel is now here and while I toyed with calling it The Inspired Eye 2, Revenge …

Coming Soon! The Inspired Eye II

In Craft & Vision, e-books, Vision Is Better by David9 Comments

A week from today, on January 22, the sequel to The Inspired Eye, Notes on Creativity for Photographers, Vol I, will be released. I’ll make the announcement on the 22nd and for the first 48 hours you’ll be able to buy it for $4 instead of the usual high-ticket price of $5. I’m excited about this one. I know, I …

Sustaining, Part II

In Creativity and Inspiration, Vision Is Better by David26 Comments

Self portrait, Jan 03, 2010 Last week I started a discussion about sustaining the practice of art, based on the Kurt Vonnegut quote about the purpose of art being the growth of the soul.  Y’all chimed in with what you do to sustain your creativity, and if you haven’t read through the comments in that post, you’ll want to. This …

Sustaining The Practice of Art

In Freelance and Business, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better, VisionMongers by David50 Comments

“The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow.” ~Kurt Vonnegut Chase Jarvis recently posted about his Create-Share-Sustain paradigm. I’ve referenced it, linked to it, quoted it several times this past year. In that paradigm, the notion of sustaining the create-share cycle is generally seen as a financial one. It’s the grease on the …

Process versus Product

In Vision Is Better by David47 Comments

Chris Orwig making a portrait of me making a portrait of him. For a moment there we nearly got stuck in some crazy space/time-continuum mobius. (While we’re speaking of shooting film, and of Chris Orwig, check this out on his blog – love it in so many ways.) I have been resisting my return to film for a while. Trying …

The Inspired Eye, Vol.I

In Books, Vision Is Better by David20 Comments

This is the latest. I’m not even going to try explaining yet another book. What can I say, I got distracted, starting playing with a concept, I accidentally ended up with another book when I had no intention of doing so until January. Move along. Nothing to see here. The Inspired Eye, Vol.I, Notes on Creativity for Photographers is the …