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…

On Art, Photography, and the Contemporary Age

The New York Times today has an article featuring a panel of art people discussing and attempting to create a list of “the 25 works of art that define the contemporary age.” I find this article — and the exercise — highly problematic. The article notes the questionable exclusion of works in significant genres: “Few paintings were singled out; land art was almost entirely…

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…

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