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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 […]

The Fuji street workshop- taking the Masterchef challenge

The Fuji street workshop- taking the Masterchef challenge

  She said “Son, what are you doing here? My fear for you has turned me in my grave” I said “Mama, I come to the valley of the rich Myself to sell” She said “Son, this is the road to Hell” -Chris Rea (The Road to Hell, 1989) Kia ora tatou/welcome: A few weeks […]

Seeing beyond the “real”-explorations in infra-red

Seeing beyond the “real”-explorations in infra-red

  It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. -Leo Buscaglia There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 166–167 Infrared photography is, […]

Being the conductor of your own orchestra- the power of plugins.

Being the conductor of your own orchestra- the power of plugins.

  “True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found” – Eckhart Tolle “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”  – George Bernard Shaw From time to time I am asked what plugin suite to buy, to extend […]

Making a portrait- a sacred trust.

Making a portrait- a sacred trust.

  Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all […]

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 […]

Guest post: Sam Chan speaks

Guest post: Sam Chan speaks

Kia ora tatou (good morning, everyone):  As some of you know, I offer a mentoring programme to those who are ready to take that journey. It isn’t for everybody, and there is a lot of discussion before we get underway. Sam Chan and I have been walking together for two years or so, as he […]

On photographic  porn…and does it really matter?

On photographic porn…and does it really matter?

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the writer. But they might be… To apply HDR processing to a photograph is like putting on makeup. It’s very easy to go too far, to put on too much. ~the BlorkBlog There are three possible parts to a date, of which at […]

Of Impressionism, making marks and dreaming in

Impressionism has much to answer for. Thank goodness. In April 1874, a relatively unknown painter called Claude Monet took part in an exhibition  held at the studio of the photographer Nadar. One of his paintings, Impression, Sunrise, was so unlike anything the art critic, one Louis Leroy, had ever seen, that he was stuck for […]

A question of format..the panorama..

Kia ora tatou: Of late I have begun to think about format and its significance again. One format which has always fascinated me is the panorama and its practice. It is a topic I discuss at the Winterlight Workshops, one which is, of course, devoted to the question of landscape photography. Contrary to popular opinion, […]

Linkfest Vol.1. From my bookmarks…

Kia ora tatou: Probably because I spend too much time surfing ( and I am easily bored), I have a surfeit of sites to offer you, some useful, some interesting. Some not. Check this lot out. Or not. PhotoShop Disasters. If it is commercial and awful, you will probably find it here( see header pic). […]

Seeing with my own I

Kia ora tatou: For those of you offshore or who do not have access to New Zealand Camera 2010, here is the text of my introduction. Enjoy, and feel free to comment. Seeing with my own I What is it about photography that has kept us enthralled for nearly 200 years? Each year millions of […]

Kete….weaving a narrative

In the clarity of wilderness light, my mind and my heart are soothed and uplifted by the serenity of creation. These are the landscapes of, and for, my spirit. -WILLIAM NEILL (From Landscape of The Spirit) What can I do in the morning? I can put on my coat; I can make a cup of […]

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