Year: 2006

Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser is seriously ill has passed away. Bruce is one of THE masters of digital imaging, color and photography. He has been a teacher to us all,…

Film or Digital? (Yawn)

You often hear debates among photographers about which technology is better: film or digital. These arguments often get quite heated, with each side trying to prove how the…

Dealing with reality

On his blog, Wil Wheaton often discusses the difficulty of juggling his creative work as a writer and actor with the reality of life — making a living…

The MEA-17M attaches to the DK-17M…

Sometimes, you find a product that is perfectly designed to meet a specific, but important need. I found that with the MEA-17M. Here’s the story. I do a…

Jerome Liebling

Even though I attended Hampshire College, I never studied photography with Jerome Liebling. I was more interested in exploring linguistics and cognitive science at the time, and didn’t…

The morality of a photo

There is a conversation happening over at The Online Photographer about a Daguerreotype that Jerry Spagnoli took of 9/11. It is a haunting, spooky, and unsettling look at…

Boring photographic subjects

One of my favorite photographic subjects is the flower. It’s a great combination of organic complexity and character, and can be a great source of inspiration. Yet many…

Non-non-photography Day

The site nonphotographyday.com states: Non-photography day is an effort on my part to revive the moment by putting down the camera. It is a day to think about…

Doubt and art

I read the most troubling statement on an online forum today. The question was posed “How do you know you are an artist?”, to which one person responded:…

What the…?

My favorite reaction to my photography so far… “What the heck is THAT?” (This is in reference to my photograph Mask.) I suppose I’ll take that as a…

Learn how to write about your art

I have found that one of the most difficult parts of being an artist is being able to talking and writing about my photography. To explain my artwork…

Take a number

You have to applaud this guy for originality. We’ve all seen art as performance. Now witness art as web business. He paints 1000 small canvases, each with a…

Einstein on art and science

“Where the world ceases to be the stage for personal hopes and desires, where we, as free beings, behold it in wonder, to question and to contemplate, there…

Creativity and Fear

A quote from Seth Godin: The enemy of creativity is fear… In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it. I disagree. The…

Art and Patience

I love this quote from Art and Fear, a book by David Bayles and Ted Orland: The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to…

Feynman on the beauty of a flower

This video clip shows Richard Feynman, the famous physicist, recalling a conversation he had with an artist about appreciating the beauty of a flower. His friend had a…

Digital is easy

In his blog, The Online Photographer, Mike Johnston commented that only a small percentage of auction house sales of contemporary prints were made digitally. In response, someone called…

Emotion of shapes

The Cognitive Daily has another interesting post, talking about how we assign emotions to graphic shapes based on how they are arranged. For example, a triangle that is…

Lem

Stanislaw Lem died yesterday. His writing has had a great influence on me and how I see the world. His stories combined a clarity of thought and vision…

New press for Modern Ketubah

My ketubah business, Modern Ketubah, recently got a couple nice mentions in the press. The first is a post called Ketubahs with Love in the blog Fresh Bride.…

The manufactured vs authentic artist

Seth Godin has written an interesting essay on the difference between “manufactured” and “authentic”, which nicely illustrates a decision I had to face as a professional artist. I…

Balance

Things are definitely getting busy around here! As I mentioned before, one way I make a living from my art is by creating ketubot (a ketubah is a…

Gum

This story from the BBC made me laugh: Boy sticks gum on $1.5m painting. So I wonder, is he a trouble-maker or art critic? Or possibly a budding…

The process of seeing

In an article about how infants learn to see, the Cognitive Daily recently gave a good description of the process of sight: “When we perceive the world visually,…

Jackson’s first digital drawing

Jackson, who’s 20 months old, often visits me in my studio during the day. Usually it is to play with my spinning chairs, or crawl under the shooting…

Sharpening is like salt

I was just reading a photography forum where someone asked about sharpening: if you should do it when you convert the raw file, before your print, or both.…

Finished vs complete

I often think back to an exercise that a philosophy professor gave us back in college. We were given a sheet of newsprint and a piece of charcoal…

Will Disney generate content or make art?

So it’s official, Disney bought Pixar. All of the news stories are revolving around the big players: Steve Jobs potential impact on Disney, or John Lasseter‘s new powers.…

Disney and Pixar

I find the news that Disney may acquire Pixar to be a little sad. This small, independent, and highly creative force will soon become just another “unit” in…

Perception of emotion

I recently discovered a fun blog, the Cognitive Daily. I concentrated in cognitive science and linguistics in college, and my studies perception, language, and metaphor have been a…

Doctor, my eyes

There’s always a lot of talk in the digital photography world about calibration — making sure that what you see in your camera looks the same on screen…

Make a living from making art

When I quit my job to focus on my art full-time, I had a hard time finding any advice. Most people thought making a living from your art…