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Photon Detector launches photography podcast

Posted August 25, 2014 in Artmaking + Op-Ed

Most of the blog here was easy to publish because it was just links to exhibitions and news about equipment. Huge, tedious time suck, but not difficult. The more interesting stuff was hard. Exploration, non-facts, obstacles… the actual art-as-verb parts. I never finished or published most of what I started writing about that. It’s hard […]

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Steve Jobs on focus

Posted November 16, 2009 in Artmaking

Here’s something to think about when you have limited time for art: People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. —Steve Jobs

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A question of authorship

Posted December 14, 2008 in Artmaking

My wife and I were trying to take a picture of both of us together in a sort of co-MySpace fashion: I held the camera out in front of us and she pressed the button. It took a few tries before we got what we wanted, and when we did, we both credited me with […]

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Sally Mann videos

Posted June 14, 2008 in Artmaking

Check out this roundup of five Sally Mann videos at David Bram‘s blog.

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Mystery roll surprise

Posted April 21, 2008 in Artmaking

I found an exposed roll of film in my freezer yesterday mixed in with my stash of unexposed 120 slide film. I’m 99% sure it’s stuff I shot for the Spacetime series I’ve been working on for a few years (that’s the only thing I shoot chromes for), but I have no idea when or […]

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Dorothea Lange quote

Posted November 7, 2007 in Artmaking

To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting. — Dorothea Lange (via Blurry Thinking)

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Amnesiac view

Posted October 31, 2007 in Artmaking

I think it would be interesting to be dropped off someplace completely foreign (not knowing where I’m going ahead of time), shoot all day, have my memory of it wiped, and then look at what I shot. Kind of like Winogrand—who waited a few years before processing and printing his exposures so he’d have no […]

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Learning from "significant failures"

Posted October 10, 2007 in Artmaking

Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer just posted a characteristically insightful piece on becoming a "successful" photographer. (I put that in quotes because he’s talking about more than one kind of success.) The real gold is in the last section, How to know. The significant idea is this: "If you use the 1-2-3 method of […]

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Film formats and lens lengths

Posted August 14, 2007 in Artmaking

I’ve got some relatively set preferences for lens lengths, but as I shoot more formats, I’m discovering that I have sometimes very different tastes for them. For straight 35mm and 6×6, I don’t like anything longer than "normal": 80mm on 6×6 and 45mm on 35mm. (I actually find 50mm a bit long on 135 and […]

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My evolution of comment-leaving: running out of words?

Posted August 6, 2007 in Artmaking

I’ve participated in comment-driven photo community sites for about three years now, a year or so on fotolog when some friends put me onto it, and then a bit over two on Flickr. This was before I’d Gotten More Serious About Photography and both my picture-taking and my commenting were more social in nature. I […]

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