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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 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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The Lesson

Most of you know that, despite the frequent subject matter of my images,  I am not a surfer. I have assumed the calm, the zen, the appreciation of the environment, the "stoke", the sense of community - these are the sentiments that, in passivity, I have imbued upon the sport. On Thursday, as promised, I finally got in my 1 hour surfing lesson ...

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Stretch

… I stopped taking the train, embarking on a different, and hopefully more soul-ful journey. It's been a risk for sure - taking a career that was very good, where I did well, and turning it on its head … fingers crossed that indeed life expands. And, more importantly, that it does "good". 

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