” . . . grizzly bears in northern British Columbia, and curious, gentle giant Pacific octopus in the emerald waters of the Salish Sea, and the Kermode (or spirit) bear in the Great Bear Rainforest—all encounters so intimate that it now shocks me to think I ever lived so disconnected from the wild, green, mossy world outside my door.” — David DuChemin
“Passion is the log that keeps the fire of purpose blazing.” — Oprah Winfrey
“If it makes you laugh,
if it makes you cry,
if it rips out your heart,
that’s a good picture.” – Eddie Adams
A female cardinal at a backyard feeder. In surburban areas where so much land has been planted in grass and ornamentals in place of native plants that provide seeds and winter berries, providing a consistent food source can be critical for local bird populations. In winter those food sources help the birds maintain body temperature in cold weather.
Sunset at Chinde Point in Petrified Forest National Park.
I have been mostly working on my Foggy Morning Marsh pictures, so I decided to give you all a break and look backwards. It can be embarassing, but also comforting to know that I have made at least a little photographic progress since about 2016.
“Photographs somehow feel unfinished if they are not part of a completed project. In fact, I’m haunted by particular images that I haven’t been able to connect firmly to others yet.” — Matthew Connors, ibid., p 51.
“The photobook is the perfect form for me because, through sequencing, it allows us to tell the story exactly as it should be told.” — Sian Davey, ibid. p 59.
“The tool so many of us use to make our art—the camera—is also a way to see the world; to be more alive in this world. It can be a tool that brings such joy, and a means of saying things about the world, and ourselves, that we might not have otherwise. … It holds you to no obligation except that you hold it to your eye and see things anew.” — David DuChemin
“Most of the pictures you see, you actually miss. So inevitably, what you end up doing is taking a lot of rubbish. In fact, the basic theory is, the more rubbish you take the better the chances of a good photo emerging as well. So, keep on taking the rubbish.” — Martin Parr, Magnum Photographer, from The Art of Street Photography
“Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way.” — Margaret Bourke-White
Camera/Field Techniques: – Choosing the right neutral density filter Think in advance of what effect you are seeking. Too long, and the effect is overdone, i.e., I don’t like milk in my streams, but smooth water can be very nice.