Exploring the Mayan Ruins (In Books)

After going through William Frej's exciting photobook, Maya Ruins Revisited (see my review here), that excitement carried on and I wanted to dig deeper. Do you want more, too? The first place to start is the most obvious: One essay in Frej's book offers a good summary of what is…

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Un-Still Photographs

What is a static film? That's easy. It's a photograph that moves. That is to say, it is a film that is in its heart a photograph, a framed view, pointing the viewer to a moment, framing that moment for the viewer. Only in this case, since as a film…

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My First Camera

Writing these thoughts about how I am teaching my kids photography causes me to pause and ask myself--How did I learn photography? I don’t know if that is a story worth telling but I do want to mention the very first step I took down that path. I was a…

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How to Teach Kids Photography, Part Two

In the first installment of this series, I shared a few thoughts on how to teach kids photography--ideas that I tried out with some success with my own daughters. To organize my thoughts in order to share them with you I’ve broken down the lessons I’ve learned so far into…

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The Passage

My video, The Passage, although created for personal reasons, can be seen as a metaphor for any or all of the transitions we are experiencing now, whether that transition is political or emotional, on a large social scale or on a smaller private scale. The video was made along the…

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The Scam Caller’s Art

Scam callers have upped their game. There's a person I know who works for an IT company we shall not name. He works in security. Once upon a time we were talking about junk mail and his theory was that junk e-mailers intentionally used broken English and odd graphics, they…

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Zuckerberg Dreams

Say you were dumb, I mean really dumb, computer dumb, literally dumb as a rock, albeit one with some lines scratched into it. And say I showed you ten pictures of dogs--and I told you they were all dogs--and ten pictures of cats--and I told you those were all cats--and…

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How to Teach Kids Photography, Part One

Originally published on some long-ago blog of mine on November 9, 2011, updated slightly here. There’s a sort of mythology growing in some quarters that once-upon-a-time cameras required knowledge of the craft of photography to use. That you had to know a little about f-stops and shutter speeds in order…

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Albrecht Dürer was a Photographer

(This is part of series looking back at posts I wrote a decade ago. First published on November 4, 2011.)  If Albrecht Dürer were alive today he would be a photographer. I’m sure of it. I’ve been a fan of Durer’s work for many years and have always felt he…

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