Category Archives: Creativity and Photography

looking at photography as creative expression

Photography – in – Progress: Needles & Thorns


Assorted sharpness, see more…

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Mendoza – Norton Malbec


Bodega Norton Malbec, Mendoza – 

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The blacksmith of Villa Union


Villa Union, La Rioja – Road trip with Daniel and Virginia in northwest Argentina The blacksmith of Villa Union was a friend of my father’s. I used to watch him pound the red hot iron slabs into shapes of knives … Continue reading

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Returning – photography takes me back


On my way….I am on a trip I’ve been trying to make for 33 years – back to Argentina where I spent my childhood and youth; where I first became enamored with photography. Its a place where I discovered I … Continue reading

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Transformative Moments


A photograph transforms a moment in time into a window through which the invisible becomes visible. …inspired by Henri Nouwen

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Managing the Image


Sorting through the catalog The images that a photographer accumulates over time are an extensive collection of creative acts, or at least, partial expressions of ideas. Any photographer who makes images for a living…or to live…creates thousands of tiny images … Continue reading

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Creating the Image –


Previewing the options Photographers used Polaroids for many years to preview an exposure.  It wasn’t instantaneous, but it gave a quick two-dimensional rendering of the scene. Unfortunately that technique was expensive and was most suitable in a studio situation with … Continue reading

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Knowing the possibilities of digital manipulation


Understanding the characteristics of the photographic medium has always been essential for a photographer in order to imagine the possibilities.  A key concept for beginning photography students is arriving at a comprehension of the negative – positive process and being … Continue reading

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Conceiving the Image


Photographers are seekers.  The images they make are a juxtaposition of a moment, a place, imagination and light –  framed-up and sealed in the exposure.  Regardless of pre- or post-visualization, the stage must be set, found, or assembled.  The photographer … Continue reading

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Fotonotes Introduction


Fotonotes is a blog of personal reflections on photography. There is not particular theme or aspect of photography that will narrow the discussion, rather, I am interested in all manifestations of photography. I plan to use this blog to explore … Continue reading

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