Selecting images

I hate selecting images. Years ago, when I shot film, I had to be a lot more deliberate about the images I captured because I would run out of film very quickly. But digital photography allows me to shoot for hours without a pause. Recently I shot three very talented dancers. When I work with…  [ READ MORE ]

The Coming Storm

Those who know me, or pay any attention, often find me hiding in public. It’s a habit I detest. It may briefly give me an incredibly clever view of myself, but I would much prefer to be out, open and honest about my actions, my health, my relationships. But often I do things to spare…  [ READ MORE ]

Impossible Realism

Although it may sound like oxymoron, the term “Impossible Realism” makes a great deal of sense when we permit ourselves to look beyond the quotidian and once again open up fully to wonder, like we used to as children. This is why cheesy horror films and great works of the imagination ‘outside the box’ have…  [ READ MORE ]

Academic Art

I have been involved in a master class for photographic artists for some time now, but have decided to terminate my involvement. I must admit I find the conversations very interesting, and I really love the focused dialog between artists that really doesn’t happen in every day life. You need to seek out people working…  [ READ MORE ]

Tired of the Fear

I have been working on a new project for months now. I am only really getting started, because I want to take my time finding the right visual language, but also want to make sure the images I create provoke thought. I don’t want them to be provocative without reason, I am too old for…  [ READ MORE ]

Hopper’s Americans… the alternate selection

One of the great frustrations of a good photo project is making final selections… here are some images that didn’t make the initial cut, were not included in the book, and then ultimately have yet to be exhibited at a show…. they’re a lot better as large prints, but I thought you might want to…  [ READ MORE ]

The Wrap Project

One of the artists I became aware of first in life was Christo (& Jean-Claude, as I was corrected later in life.) His (their) early work helped me understand one of the basic tenets of contemporary art. I was always impressed by the sheer scale, and the desire to do something just because it was possible….  [ READ MORE ]

Hammershøi

I’m sure there is a pithy story about success being born of abject failure, but the appropriate quote eludes me right now. Instead I will tell you one of mine… The Color Room Project started as something very different. My work over the last couple of years has often been inspired by artists that have…  [ READ MORE ]

Art Manifesto

Art must have four things to matter: concept, craft, discourse and aesthetics. Art without concept is simply decoration. The world is filled with pretty pictures, clever drawings, and cool stencils, but without an underlying concept it is meaningless. Conversely, art cannot live by concept alone. The idea must be graspable. Hyper-conceptual art may curry favor…  [ READ MORE ]

Poem to a Sad Son

To my boys: You step delicately into the wild world and your real prize will be the frantic search. Want everything. If you break, break going out – not in. How you live your life I don’t care but I’ll sell my arms for you, hold your secrets for ever. –  the Michael Ondaatje poem…  [ READ MORE ]