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Are Your Photographs Poetic? Part One.

In The Compelling Frame, The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David38 Comments

Painter Robert Henri said, “Paint the flying spirit of the bird, rather than its feathers.” Similarly, Poet Anton Chekhov said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” One is a plea to painters, another to writers, but both beg the same thing: make me feel something. Don’t just tell me; don’t …

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The Way The Camera Sees

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory by David12 Comments

One of the things that fascinates me about photography is the raw materials it uses. Painters have paint and canvas. Sculptors have stone and metal. But photographers? We have space,  time, and light, and I think that’s magic. Hold that thought for a moment. How we think about making photographs can change how we make photographs and, therefore, change the …

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Should You Specialize?

In Pep Talks, The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David60 Comments

In the long list of pieces of photographic advice that gets foisted on newer photographers by well-meaning and more experienced photographers is this: you’ve got to specialize. And, like all advice, my reaction tends to be, “Well, yes and no.” One-size-fits-all advice will be extraordinarily helpful to us the moment photographers (and people in general) come in one size. We do not. …

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Give Your Photographs The Finger (It’s Not What You Think)

In The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David14 Comments

In the now classic comedy, City Slickers, veteran cowboy Curly says to Mitch (played by Billy Crystal), “Do you know what the secret of life is?” Mitch says, “No, what?” And Curly holds up his finger. “This.” “Your finger?” asks Mitch. “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh*t.” “That’s great but what’s the …