At Eternity’s Gate

    A friend recommended that I watch “At Eternity’s Gate” which is the story of Vincent van Gogh, which is magnificently played by Willem Dafoe. There is so much good to be said about this film, but I want to focus on just one particular aspect of the story, which relates to a thought… continue reading

Vision Works at Both Ends of an Image

    Auschwitz No. 4   I love to talk about how Vision helps me to create an image, not documenting what I see with my eyes, but following what I am seeing inside my head. And I’ve recently been thinking about how Vision is also used when we view an image.   I first… continue reading

What Would You Be Willing to Do to be More Popular?

Self-Shadow, Death Valley Dunes   I suspect we would all like our work to be more popular, but what would you be willing to do to achieve that popularity?   Would you be willing to find images that are popular on social media, and then imitate them?   Would you be willing to create images… continue reading

Five Steps to More Meaningful Photography

  John and I recently posted a YouTube video in which we talked about the sales pitches we see in photography: “Follow this one rule for better photographs.” “The three key steps to becoming a better photographer.” “Ten things to improve your photography.” “Do this ONE thing!” Each hyperbolic statement is designed to get you… continue reading

Seeing for Yourself

  Learning to see for yourself? Who else would I see for?   Well for many years I did not see for myself. I saw through the lens of Ansel Adams, through the lens of my mentors, through the lens of rules. I saw things how I was told that I should see them, by… continue reading

Vision: How Badly Do You Want It?

I talk a great deal about Vision, because it changed my photography. It helped me make the transition from “taking pictures” to “creating images.”   And the lessons I learned about following my Vision, helped me to change my life. You see, following your Vision is not really about photography, it is about life.  … continue reading

Is An AI Generated Photography…A Real Photograph?

Midjourney by Jason Allen (and AI)   It was recently revealed that an award winning photograph was actually AI generated. I was discussing this with my son Caleb, who is majoring in Computer Science, and the question arose: is an AI generated photograph, a real photograph?   A day later, Caleb emailed me and said… continue reading

If You Could Do Just One Thing to Improve Your Photography…What Would It Be?

    Stranded     If you wanted to improve your photography and you could do just one thing…what would it be? What, among all of the many possibilities, would help you create better images?   I Googled this question and here are some of the many ideas I found:   Buy a better camera… continue reading

Ukrainians, with Eyes Shut

    My Friend:   My heart aches for Ukraine. I am glued to the news and am constantly asking myself: what more can I do? Then last night I suddenly realized that I could help others appreciate what the Ukrainian people are like.   In 2008 I visited my son (Cody) and soon to… continue reading

Out of Chicago Live! 2021

  Hi everyone, as you might remember I was to present at Out of Death Valley in January, but our dear friend Covid had other ideas. So now I’m scheduled to participate in Out of Chicago Live! 2021, which being a webinar event, is certain to take place.     I’ll be participating in three… continue reading