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Over the back-conversations with a metaphor

Over the back-conversations with a metaphor

  We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: […]

Back to the future; visualising the old-fashioned way

Back to the future; visualising the old-fashioned way

Kia ora tatou:  Not all of you read f11 magazine. This article first appeared in it in Issue 22. Here it is, with a few edits, for those of you who did not catch it. First of all, a question for you, and be warned, all my questions are trick questions. What is the difference […]

Feedback: The Fujifilm Street workshops, Hamilton, May 2013

Feedback: The Fujifilm Street workshops, Hamilton, May 2013

  Kia ora tatou: Hamilton, on the day of the workshop, was not looking very promising. The CBD seemed a little haunted and uninhabited, partly a result, I am told, of the fact that rents in the area are very high, and a consequence of the fact that people have moved out to the mall […]

Reflections on glass- a thought piece

Reflections on glass- a thought piece

 “Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?” ― Bill Watterson “Habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ― William Wordsworth Photography can be a simple process of identification, its original raison d’etre. On the other hand, it can be more, so much more than that. […]

Photoshopping-Crime or Gift?  A thought piece.

Photoshopping-Crime or Gift? A thought piece.

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ― Albert Einstein “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” ― John Lennon Kia ora tatou: In a recent review of Oloneo PhotoEngine, one of the readers made the following acerbic comment: That’s great if you want your pictures looking like a cartoon. He was […]

Shooting in square-closing the circle.

Shooting in square-closing the circle.

    In a recent article , I talked about the idea that we all have to some degree an aspect ratio which is “us”, one which we  respond to on a subconscious level, and one which we will often be using, whether we are aware of it or not. For some that might well […]

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 […]

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