The subtlety of our rural landscape takes some time to understand and appreciate. I know for a fact that it took me quite a while to not only appreciate the light, textures, and forms but to actually find a joy in peeling away the layers. It is not the grand "scape" like many of the western images I shoot, but I like the challenges of finding compositions nuanced by subtle light striking the dense patterns of grasses and leaves.
Hi everyone. It has been a busy last few months since I returned from Iceland. I have had quite a bit going on at work and there was the more important matter of my daughters wedding in October. So I will cut myself some slack for being away from the blog, shooting and posting new images, and just dealing generally with photography.
Recently a photographer friend of mine was lamenting about their lack of desire to make images and a general loss of creativity. Creative block, such as what my friend is immersed in, is indeed a real and crippling challenge for artists. Many of us who write, paint, and photograph face it from time to time. I read an article that said there are seven kinds of creative blocks ranging from mental blocks, to emotional, monetary, habits, and so on. I cannot say for sure where the the creative block comes from but I suspect it generates within an emotional or mental state. Creativity can be an intensive process and becoming trapped by your thinking can force you into making assumptions that are limiting to the creative process.
On a recent photo-walk I co-led with my friend Martin Radigan we were treated to a fortuitous opportunity to photograph combines working through a field of soybeans. Though I have watched single combines working a field this was the first time I have watched a group work in tandem to complete the harvest. The lead combine would enter the row and was followed at intervals by the other two. I can't say for sure how many acres this field was but it only took about 30 minutes to complete the effort.
Hi everyone. I am pleased to present my Top 18 images from this years photographic travels and explorations. This year I stayed a little closer to home and spent more time in some of my favorite places as well as exploring several new locations. I have not loaded these images in any specific order and I also did not limit them to a Top 12. Out of the hundreds of image I made these photographs essentially represent my favorites because of what they ultimately mean to me.
Starting a Photographic Project is a way to invest in a personal exploration of a subject. As a landscape photographer I travel quite extensively to some far flung places around the United States. Chasing light and capturing the grandeur of the American landscape might, by some, be considered a project but in my way of thinking it is not really the same thing.