Words, Schmords - Every Picture Tells a Story

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." --Lewis Wickes Hine Confession: I often struggle with this ironic assignment – writing about photography. The true magic of a visual image is that words become unnecessary, hence the well-worn cliché, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” (Though with inflation and everything, a picture is probably worth at least 5,280 words by now, give or take a few adverbs.) ...more

RIP Alexandra Boulat (1962-2007)

“[My photos of] the sky full of smoke, or all those soldiers going through the sandstorm in Baghdad, or just a body wrapped in a white sheet. These things are very strong -- they have got a real impact and also they tell about the environment, the place and what it is there. They tell about death very quickly. They tell about war in daily life, which is more than the war as you can imagine it. You can show a war without showing a gun, and that's interesting – in only one photograph.” --The late Alexandra Boulat ...more

Women photographers around the world mourn this passionate and talented artist. A sad loss for ...more

Eyeballs of the Gods

"Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand." --Margaret Bourke-White ...more

Too true, D. Macro shots always remind me of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. You'd ...more

Tinglings of the Next Project

“When a documentary filmmaker, working in the style that I do, suggests that there has been a shooting ratio of 40 hours to every one hour of finished film, that doesn't mean that the other 39 are bad.” --Ken Burns ...more

Flickr Stories - True Tales and Snapshots

I'm fond of taking pictures, but I am not a photographer. The noble endeavor of photography is an activity best avoided by non-arty philistines like me. I do, however, think of myself as an old school snapshot taker who loves to take pictures to tell a story. I am such an old school snapshot taker that I used to own and wield the lazy woman's snapshot machine, a Kodak Instamatic camera. ...more

Dearest AP, the Queen of North Carolina Bloggers - Warm greetings to you, my friend. Yes, I get ...more

How I Spent My Summer Vacation – A Look at Roadside Art

"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own." -Susan Sontag I’ve spent the past week getting my hair wind-tangled and taking in the Great Plains through my truck’s bug-splattered windshield. Me, my camera and a buttload of CDs – ‘twas heavenly. ...more

They rule. No need to say more.

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2 Cameras, 15 Hours, 300 Photographs

It's dawn and we're heading north. To the east, a pink orange light is just peeking over the mountains. To the west, the fat full moon still hangs low in the sky. The slough is covered with a low mist that hangs at what appears to be, as we fly by on the freeway, about waist height. The air is completely clear, the details are sharp and the entire landscape looks like a Japanese painting in soft greens and yellows and dark, dark gray. We both lean slightly west and pine for the landscape, but it's not to be, we have a destination in mind and we can not stop, there is no time. ...more

I have an imaginary internet friend who hooked me up with this gig. She said that the ...more

One More Katrina Post - This Time It's Personal

The bulk of my family lives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where Red Cross set up their headquarters during the Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery. (Founded in 1699, it was also the capital of French Louisiana.) When I visited for Christmas in 2005, as I do every year, my eyes could not believe the disastrous scene; my brain resisted processing the bizarre images. ...more


Wow, you really nailed it on the head with the 'iceberg/Titanic' comment. Truer words ...more

Artful Opportunities for the Brave at Heart

I love the way the web opens up opportunities for people to be more creative. It might seem insignificant to some, but deciding to do a postcard swap or post for the Self-Portrait Challenge really can be a way to say yes to creativity--sometimes for the very first time. Here are some three online projects that make it easy to participate--no experience required. ...more

here's hoping some other nice heart shaped vegetable comes your way soon! :)


On Hitting the "Sweet Spot"

I'm not a professional, but I like to shoot stage performances. The lighting, the drama.. can make for some great photo opportunities provided you can get a camera past the door. (It's best to call ahead. Most smaller clubs don't have a problem with it, but it's best to know for sure rather than chance it.) Especially when you get one (or two or three) "sweet shot," you know, where the lighting is just perfect, the guitarist's hands right before he strikes a chord, the smoke and sweat...it's magic when it happens. ...more

I was so bummed to get to the door and see a foreboding sign forbidding all cameras (in a place ...more