November 13th, 2015
just spent 22 days and 7,000 miles driving...and only created 11 new
one new image every two days or one every 636 miles.
should have been a bus driver instead of a photographer!
This trip taught me a
great lesson about Passion and you can read
my thoughts in the article below.
P.S. Here's a video of a
lawn chair being made, by hand. I'm not sure what is more impressive,
the chair being made or the video of the chair being made. Both are
works of art!
a lawn chair be made.
Isolated No. 15 - 2015 -
Hopewell Rocks, The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
White Mountains - 2015 - Colorado
Tree Trunks - 2015 - New
Beauty in Death No. 2 - 2015 -
Self Shadow, Nova Scotia - 2015
Peggy's Point Lighthouse - 2015 - Nova Scotia
Lake Reeds -
2015 - New Brunswick
Fluid Water No. 46 - 2015 -
Bushkill Falls, PA
A Shadow of My Former Self -
2015 - Nova Scotia
Beauty in Death No. 3 - 2015 -
Intersection of Vision and Passion
String of Pearls - 2006 - Lake
I've just driven 7000
miles in 22 days and during that time traveled through 22 states and
2 Canadian provinces. That's a lot of time in the car and
it afforded a lot of thinking.
And what I've been
thinking about is Passion and how it relates to Vision.
I noticed that as I
drove through the incredibly beautiful autumn scenery
of New England, I was not inspired to create. But when I came
across water of any kind, and particularly along the coast, I
found myself excited and creating.
Now one might initially
attribute this to me being a black and white photographer in the
middle of a color wonderland. But I don't think that's what it was.
Fall colors can make for some amazing black and white images and
I know that there are great images in those hills.
And yet here were
thousands of photographers flocking to the area to shoot the beauty
of the mountains and trees...and I'm only taking the occasional
iPhone snapshot to send back to my family! Why?
is that I just don't feel a Passion for mountains and
trees, but I do for water.
do certain environs inspire me while others do not? I don't know
and the "why" is not very important to me: what's
important is that I recognize the source of my Passion and then
do something about it.
In the past I've tried
to force projects that I didn't have a Passion for: the projects
languished, I had to force myself to work on them and I was
not happy with the results. Not one of those projects were
And so I've
decided that with my limited time I will only focus on the
places and things that excite me most, and for now that's water
and the coast.
understood the role of Vision in creating work that I love,
but now I'm beginning to appreciate the role of Passion as being
nearly as important.
With Vision I can create
unique images. With Passion comes an excitement that drives me.
And while I might
use each one individually to some success, I now realize
that my best work is created at the intersection of Vision and
No, not from photography
but from my full time job that I've had since 1981.
During that time I've
had to squeeze in my photography around career and family.
This is a big change in
my life and I now hope to travel and create more.
One change related to my
retiring is my email address. In the past I've often communicated
using my work email, which will soon be going away. From now on would
you please use my photography email address?
Time No. 2 - Death Valley
The winner of this month's drawing
for "Old Car Interior" is Patricia
Sweeney! Please send me your address Pat, and I'll get this
print out to you!
The next drawing will be for a signed print of "Time No. 2"
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