why I don’t sell limited editions

April 15, 2020  in  Art as a profession & Featured       Related posts:  

First of all, photography is an open edition art form. Limited editions make total sense for many traditional art forms, where the master image degrades with each printing. But one of the pleasures of photography is that you are not limited in the number of prints you can make from a negative. And this is even more true with digital photography where the master file never degrades. Nearly every photographer I admire, going back to Ansel himself, uses open editions. It’s just a natural medium for photography. Second, my technique, skills, and artistic tools are constantly improving. Whenever I make a print, it represents the best I can do at…  read more

We really need spring

March 26, 2020  in  Art as a profession       Related posts:  

Sometimes, we just really need spring to arrive. Not like a lamb, nor a lion, but like a wave — rising up and washing away all traces of the past winter.

feeling the pressures of fall

October 31, 2019  in  About my art       Related posts:  

Autumn is a source of inspiration for my art. But it can also be a source of tension. Every leaf I see is a potential work of art. But that means every leaf I walk past is art that will never get made. It can be difficult to pick up a leaf and decide “sorry, not you”. Every leaf could be keep me busy for hours, days or weeks of making art. Sometimes I look around, and am a little overwhelmed by all the possibility surrounding me, and the pressure to bring some of it to life.

You know those movies where someone with telepathic abilities is overwhelmed by all the voices they can hear? Sometimes, it feels like that. I walk outside, and every single leaf I see is the raw material for a work of art. Every single leaf is a potential story, and each is clamoring to be told. I need to harden myself against it, and limit what I choose to bring home to my studio. Otherwise, I’ll get nothing done.

not so fast

October 18, 2019  in  About my art       Related posts:    

Some days I have such a strong urge to work quickly, and create as much art as possible. This often happens after a long walk, when I gathered a pile of leaves, twigs, and acorns, full of possibilities. Bursting with ideas, I just want to get them all down before they fade. But, I soon realize, this is not in my control.

I may start off fast enough, but eventually I reach one particular subject, one leaf that says “not so fast….” Then I know, no matter how fast I was hoping to go, it’s not my decision. That leaf will be the one to let me know when I am done. Or if I need to spend one more shoot, one more hour, one more day — finding one more idea, creating one more art work.

Shakespeare and nature

October 08, 2019  in  Nature and the environment       Related posts:  

I recently took the family to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s hilarious-yet-touching production of As You Like It. At one point in the story, the exiled Duke Senior is cheering up his entourage as they seek shelter in the forest, extolling the benefits of a life away from court. I find that his speech mirrors how I feel when I get lost in my studio making art from nature:

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.”