The Creative Experience and Photographing Nature

Why are those of us who photograph nature moved to do so? Undoubtedly because we like the images we produce – They are beautiful, dramatic, striking. But I want to suggest there is a broader creative experience involved. An artist I much admire is Guy Tal. Tal identifies himself as “Artist, Photographer, Writer.” Significantly, he says he is not a photographic artist, but rather an artist who makes photographs. He[…]

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The Big Sur

Here is a gallery of images of California’s Big Sur. The Big Sur is one of America’s most beautiful wild places, and a drive along Route One is a true experience. The Big Sur beckons, in these beautiful pictures of the blue Pacific Ocean, beaches, rocks, lovely flowers, and a classic highway bridge. The gallery of images is available at Fine Art America.

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Visions of Nature Book

I have a number of copies of my book, Visions of Nature, available for sale at $50. This is less than half the original publication price. (But you have to order directly from me, not from Blurb or Amazon.) Visions of Nature is a great coffee-table art book; it makes a wonderful gift, for yourself or others! Visions of Nature is a wondrous collection of more than fifty digitally processed[…]

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Red Tree

  Back in the edited-watercolor-and-painterly mode of last month. I can’t say whether post-capture editing in this case creates a “new” image or an improved image or just a different image. The original tree was just as striking as this image suggests. But I do like the effect that editing produces here, particularly since it hasn’t rendered the image “unnatural.” This tree – pictured here in fall colors – is[…]

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Larch Tree in Winter

This is a Larch bough. The larch tree is distinctive in that it’s a needle-bearing coniferous tree that is also deciduous, i.e. it drops its needles in winter. The image reminds me of some works by the American painter, Andrew Wyeth, whose work I’ve always liked. I can’t say I had this in mind when I shot the image, but as it emerged in post I found myself thinking of[…]

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Country Lake

This image was shot a few years ago (in New Hampshire near Peterborough) but I’ve only just processed it. The image should be in the impressionistic Visions of Nature series but is not currently included in the collection. I had not thought it would be a black and white image when shot or when initially viewed. Trying to get the sky color the way I wanted it, I continually – and[…]

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On Vision in Photography and Art

What do we see when we look at a photograph or a work of art? For some time I have been influenced by the Twentieth Century Russian writer, Viktor Schklovsky (1893-1984), a prominent member of the Russian Formalist School of literary criticism. For Schklovsky, a purpose of art is to make the familiar unfamiliar (ostranenie = “defamiliarization”) (Art as Technique, 1917). As a consequence, the viewer is made to look[…]

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