Tranquility

  One among many leaves that float on the surface of life, I ride the waves. The calm— meaningful conversations, helping where help is needed, Linda’s cooking; Graeter’s ice cream; Skyline chili, researching and writing novels of the ancient Maya; visiting sites, Scott Hamilton’s tenor saxophone; Barry Manilow; Andrea Bocelli traveling backroads to photograph; making […]

Potential

  Do you see the beautiful woman bathing at the foot of a waterfall? This isn’t a trick. It’s there. Do you see the elephant? There’s also the Empire State Building, a giant anaconda, the art collection at the Louvrè, my entire photographic collection and that of the Library of Congress. While it’s not a […]

Cultivation

  When I photographed these orderly rows of young corn extending to the horizon, I was thinking about the farmer and his work, evidenced by the tractor tracks and the amount of time, money and energy it took to plant this enormous field. Reflecting on the image now, I appreciate the contribution of all growers and […]

Point Of View

  POV. In a film script this can indicate the camera position or the viewpoint of a character. In a recent screening of an episode of “24,” the TV series featuring Kiefer Sutherland, the President of the United States and the Vice-president vehemently disagreed on whether or not to retaliate with a nuclear strike against […]

Liberal Arts Education

  In classical antiquity the study of Liberal Arts consisted of subjects considered essential for a person to take an active part in civic life. Today these include literature, ancient and modern languages, philosophy, ethics, theology, mathematics, fine art, and musicology. These are the “humanities” as opposed to the empirical sciences, professional, and vocational subjects. […]

Potentials

Reflecting on this single point of light emerging from the darkness, I think about the Big Bang and connect it to the notion that from nothingness the universe burst forth into “pure potential.” To see what I might have on this phrase, I went to my Vision For Television database. Not surprisingly there were many references […]

Seeing And Interpreting

  In a previous blog I noted that it’s the brain that sees, not the eyes which send data via electrical impulses to the brain where they are interpreted to make seeing instantaneously possible. The image above, taken with a zoom lens, reveals something about perception—beyond merely seeing. In an instant the eye/brain/nervous system have […]

Entrainment

    The image of these tractor tires calls to mind the word “entrainment” because they are essential components of  vehicles designed to pull and plow. According to several dictionaries, to “entrain” is to pull, drag or draw along. Because the word describes a process, social scientists apply it to a variety of topics. Writing in […]

Enrichment

Driving on the Interstate recently, on a long flat stretch where a tractor tilling the earth stirred up a mountain of dust backlit by the setting sun, I was reminded of this photograph. The golden light shining through the stirred-up dust was beautiful; I wished I could pull over and stop to photograph it. Instead, […]

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 […]