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“All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.” --John Berger

The Ninth Path

"Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. Let's assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let's assume that you can't see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN - and here is the essence of all I've said - you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH ... a man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance."

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The Value of Feeling

Ansel Adams once said that the single most important component of the camera is the 12 inches behind it. I'm not sure of my head circumference these days, or how I measure in an anterior/posterior dimension, but it is true that what ends up in the viewfinder is very much an external manifestation of an internal feeling.

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Possibility and Wonder

 In a big data-driven world where we seem to be ever more preoccupied with the here and now, here was an invitation to travel back in time - my time - and re-consider a world unconstrained by what I think I know, to be open to its possibility, and most of all - to wonder (and believe) that the possibilities exist.

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Innovation, Evolution, and Integrity

Artistically, one of my greatest challenges is to keep things fresh, experiment with new techniques and subject matter, and remain consistent to the spirit that drives me. The blurry image is, after all, a blurry image. But it is the sense of feeling, the emotion, the experience that I try to impart … and the painted feel lends itself well to that construct.

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You are Here

 It's a challenge to remember that somewhere in between nostalgia and urgency is this moment - what is here and what is present ... and finding peace in the knowledge that we are exactly where we are meant to be: this space, this moment that results from the karmic soup of every moment that came before and every hope for what is to come. And in this moment there is tremendous gratitude, and a need to give its expression a clear voice

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The Art of Self

I'm not necessarily a zen person - my brain is noisy and it craves quiet space. The water gives me that. Creating the image of that space, that feeling, that mood … that is the art. Not pushing the button, not the settings in the camera, not the motion of it, or the editing. It is the attempt to re-create that quiet fluidity.

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Bearing Witness (Part III) - The Need to See

A photograph is a visual narrative - because we see, we are engendered with  a more personal experience of a particular event, landscape, or person. Words alone are often insufficient to imbue a sense of personal presence and identification - what we can see in an instant leaves us with an incontrovertible, objective reality. The mental image is real, not reconstructed, or imagined. It is said, tritely, that a picture is worth a thousand words - a picture is worth many words, to be sure … the precise number likely depends on the observer. And therein lies its power.

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Steering Clear

I will occasionally look for new subject matter, something different that doesn't scream "beach town" … sometimes it works, but often the images feel flat. This is my culture, in part. To focus (or not) on flowers or architecture or some other subject denies in large part what makes this place special.

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Visions

… so much of art is imagination - on the part of the artist, but also - and just as importantly - the viewer. It is informed by what makes us individuals - our experiences, our thoughts, our feelings. Art results from the combination of visions - those of the creator and the observer. If one or the other falls short, the experience remains objective …

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