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Moment of recognition Var. 2. Confluence

Moment of recognition Var. 2. Confluence

  I choose things by how they resonate in my heart. ~Rita Coolidge  When I look at these landscapes, I see my ancestors walking back to me ~ Sir James Henare   There are 2 variants of this essay. As some of you know, I write for different audiences and different communities. Another version, written […]

 Waitangi-Sailing on the Winds of Possibility

Waitangi-Sailing on the Winds of Possibility

  Ka mate kāinga tahi ka ora kāinga rua. When one home fails, have another to go to.Have two strings to your bow. -whakatauki ( Maori proverb) I can only imagine what it must have been like for the tangata whenua, the Maori who had inhabited New Zealand for several centuries, when the first European […]

On clarity and megapixels

On clarity and megapixels

  Kia ora ( Hi): The following is the text of a thought piece I was intending to publish on this blog. However it was hijacked on the road by Tim  (Dick Whittington) Steele, editor of f11 magazine, for which I also write, who published it as a feature in this month’s magazine. This piece […]

Accidents will happen…hopefully

Accidents will happen…hopefully

Photography is a great excuse for seeing things you ordinary wouldn’t. – Christopher Beirne The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. ~Susan Sontag Kia ora tatou: A couple of weeks ago, at a workshop on visual design and composition (they are not the same thing), I decided to introduce my lecture on the panorama. As I […]

The Doc Ross Challenge Pt. III. Ars Gratia Vitae

The Doc Ross Challenge Pt. III. Ars Gratia Vitae

              There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. ~Ansel Adams I never question what to do, it tells me what to do.  The photographs make themselves with my help. ~Ruth Bernhard Perhaps it is appropriate that the first should be last. I sat there […]

Things are not what they seem- a whisper of trees

Things are not what they seem- a whisper of trees

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. ~John Muir Perhaps I spent too many minutes in what passed for a summer this year (two […]

Photographing the wind:Faith keeps many doubts in her pay

Photographing the wind:Faith keeps many doubts in her pay

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe. ~Henry David Thoreau Photograph the wind? This is not possible. You can only photograph what the wind touches… ~ Tony Bridge Kia ora tatou: Not long ago, I hit a pothole in the road, a rather deep one in […]

A Matter of softness and sharpness-Blaming Rembrandt

A Matter of softness and sharpness-Blaming Rembrandt

Your own photography is never enough. Every photographer who has lasted has depended on other peoples pictures too – photographs that may be public or private, serious or funny but that carry with them a reminder of community. – Robert Adams Craft forms, and Art informs. -TB Kia ora tatou: In a way I blame […]

A Picture of Dorian Gray-the preface

A Picture of Dorian Gray-the preface

Kia ora tatou: I have always been a fan of Oscar Wilde. In spite of his peculiar system of morality, he always lived his life on the square and took a particularly idiosyncratic route. In spite of being at odds with the Victorian ethos, his genius shone through. it has been many years since I […]

Photographic Journeys...allowing the man in the Technicolour Dreamcoat

Photographic Journeys…allowing the man in the Technicolour Dreamcoat

Lately my journeys and the photographs I make have begun to overlap. The pictures inform my journey, the journey informs my images.  And as will happen when we begin to look in the rear-view mirror, a trend will emerge. Sometimes this will be a radiant butterfly or a long winding road, mapped perfectly. Occasionally however, […]

Voice From the Past- Letters to a Young Poet

Voice From the Past- Letters to a Young Poet

Kia ora tatou: It seems appropriate to begin the New Year with this. A long time ago, while I was studying German at Canterbury University, we were required to study the Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. I confess I really didn’t give him the attention he deserved. I was more interested in romance and being […]

Blowing hot air- of Truth and Photography, of castles and camels

Blowing hot air- of Truth and Photography, of castles and camels

Not surprisingly many of the canonical images of early war photography turn out to have been staged, or to have had their subjects tampered with. -          Susan Sontag Kia ora tatou: A few days ago, on  my Facebook fan page,  where I put up all the stuff which really doesn’t need a full post,  I […]

Doing Dubai-looking for Pennywise.

Doing Dubai-looking for Pennywise.

I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien I’m an Englishman in New York I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien I’m an Englishman in New York Sting Dubai is possibly the most surreal place I have ever visited. Being my first experience of it meant that I was looking at it with fresh eyes, and […]

On photography-a view of the moon

On photography-a view of the moon

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. Albert Einstein It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. Edward de Bono I have been thinking… I know a number of you […]

On Seeing...from Labels to Significance

On Seeing…from Labels to Significance

Kia ora tatou: I have been thinking. Last weekend  I was out with a couple of good friends, making photographs. We were bouncing our way along an icy track when an image, an arrangement of relationships, of time and space, caught my attention and asked me to make it (that is the way it happens, […]

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