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The camera accumulates change in a way that the eye cannot... sixty seconds of Cygnus.
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The first event was the genesis of change.
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Interruption

"Photography: or, the future of memory. The photographer's memory constructs a moment; the camera constructs its sequel." - Note from Michael Kincaid

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Discovery

"Be still with yourself, until the object of your attention affirms your presence." - Minor White

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Empty Eyes

It is lamentable that the name Camera Obscura has been so reduced. The camera carries the void of creation. Across this portable abyss, force takes form. A nameless and profound darkness is the locus of all camera work.

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Photobucket

A single picture post to acknowledge the exuberance of life.
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Big Air

It's often unnecessary to leave the house. If I am patient and my eyes are open, the photos come to me... a gift from the air.

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Understanding that the term abstract might be inappropriate for photography, Edward Weston coined the term extract for those photographs that constitute discoveries of form in objects and surfaces. In this context, the word object becomes more applicable to the photograph than to the subject at hand.

Here are a few from the yard surrounding my friend Bill's shop. As an artist in metal, he lives in a world of oxide patinas. Visit his world at:
http://www.gongwiththewind.net

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Big White

...and this in March. Some days, there is a reward for being stuck on the llano.

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Monsoon Bow

It often occurs to me that I should write something about photography. I suppose this is consistent with a life spent both practicing and teaching the thing. Since the idea lingers, I should probably do it…now. To that end, I’ll be making a series of posts that are largely textual. The photos will continue to come but recent events have inclined me to some mental exercise. My topics are likely to ramble but the essential question will be one that has lingered in the background of my life since the day I took up the lens to express myself: Is Photography Art? This question is long since resolved in my mind but, as I have recently rediscovered, other minds have come to other conclusions. I don’t expect to change the thinking of any true disbelievers but it might be interesting to address the issues they raise. My father would have called this “contemplating the obvious”. Forty years of involvement in the medium are the only credentials I will claim.

The situation naturally begs (at least) two questions: What is art and…What is photography? Much has been written about the former and much less about the latter. My motive is to consider photography but this will inevitably lead to an examination of art and some synthesis. These are the musings of one mind writing with an awareness of Socratic uncertainty: The only thing of which I am certain is that there is nothing of which I am certain. Neither am I certain that anyone will care. With this in mind, it seems to me that a couple of critical definitions are in order at the outset. Click the question for my opening shot.

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