Context And Order

  I was thinking about the complexity represented in this image when I noticed that it’s also rich in context, providing both time and space perspectives. The nighttime and elevated point of view displays pattern, while the time-exposure reveals motion. Combined, the image speaks to me of complexity, interaction, order, flow and intersection. My contemplation […]

Night

Night is an ideal time to photograph in black and white because darkness hides all but the upper register of whites on the tonal scale. In any given scene, with only the strongest highlights creating lines and shaded areas, geometries become apparent that are barely noticed in the light of day. This image of a […]

Stop! Pay Attention

Whenever I see this image it reminds me to stop and look, to pay attention to the commonplace items and situations that tend not to be seen or are easily passed over. It may be this, more than anything else, that enriches the present moment. Brief acts of perceiving, beyond looking, are the visual equivalent […]

Presentation

  Many years before I was introduced to the ancient Maya, a little book by Erving Goffman entitled, “The Presentation Of Self In Everyday Life,” set me on the path of becoming an armchair anthropologist. Actually, it may have been his insights that sparked my later interest in the Maya, in part because their kings […]

The City

  Dictionaries tend to define a “city” as an inhabited place of greater size, population or importance than a town or village. While size is a factor, social scientists emphasize that a city represents the collective consciousness—beliefs, values, aspirations and visions—of the people who live and work in the centers of commerce and culture. Reflecting […]

Attention

I often told my students that the art and challenge of the film and television director is “attention management,” capturing and holding the viewer’s attention and moving it from place to place within and between scenes. In ancient cultures chiefs, rulers and landlords played that role, sending out “criers” who went around shouting the news […]

Particularity

  Linda and I have been visiting outdoor antique shows in the summer months for many years. While she looks for an occasional curiosity for the house or a gift, I look for objects to photograph. Although the above image was made in the studio, and neither object was obtained at a fair, it calls to […]

Silence

  Precious silence often accompanies a fresh and heavy snowfall. The contrast between it and the sounds we normally tune out calls our attention to it. We go outside to watch and we listen closely. We even seem to breathe easier as the snowflakes make a barely perceptible sound. Before the shovels and snowblowers come out, […]

Subtle Attraction

  There are many ways that photography can feed the soul. My contemplations so far have largely consisted of metaphoric and imaginative reflections with the images in front of me. Recently had reason to reprint Dry Dock Boat and, as the image was taking shape in the developer, my heart was activated before I even […]

Context And Order

  I was thinking about the complexity represented in this image when I noticed that it’s also rich in context, providing both time and space perspectives. The nighttime and elevated point of view displays pattern, while the time-exposure reveals motion. Combined, the image speaks to me of complexity, interaction, order, flow and intersection. My contemplation […]