Art and Philosophy


The Eye Has to Travel

“The eye has to travel.” — Diana Vreeland. Lighter tones draw the eye’s attention first, darker tones recede. Or so the rule goes. You’ll see where this is used in fashion photography; sometimes the point of an image is to make the model disappear behind a brightly-colored outfit, almost as if she’s not really there. […]


Who Inspires You?

The other day, I posed this question to our Facebook group:  “What iconic photographer’s work inspires you the most right now?”  This, along with the stipulation that we limit our answers to photography’s iconic Masters and leave out the currently popular gurus of the craft. As of this writing, here are the results and some […]


Buy Real Art, or Make Your Own

My wife and I were strolling through Bryant Park the other evening, on the hunt for a Christmas gift for our daughter.  Every year, the park is transformed into a “Holiday Village,” complete with ice skating rink, giant Christmas tree, and over one-hundred vendors selling everything from food to arts and crafts.  It’s so much […]


Moving Forward with Your Photography: Helping Others Do the Same

[This was a segment in my newsletter today.  My enthusiasm sometimes overpowers my typing and editing skills, so there were just a couple of typos in the e-mailed copy, which I've corrected here.  Even if few others noticed, I did.  Hopefully I've caught them all.  I can't make any promises about the grammar. Please feel […]


Great Predictions in Photography: Or Stuff You Already Knew Was Coming

I remember when Syl Arena proclaimed that “Still Photography is Dead.”  He got all excited about how DSLRs where suddenly capable of shooting quality video, fell in love, thought no one would buy or look at stills anymore (at least that’s how I understood it at the time, but maybe he didn’t really mean it […]


Does Everything Have to be Retouched?

Maybe real is beautiful enough.


Unmasking the Solution

I’ve been interested in using masks as props for my images but just a little unsure about how to make something like that work.  On the one hand, a mask hides the face and expression, which is not really something I’m interested in.  On the other hand, it can help create a feeling of anonymity […]


Good Links

  Photos, Like Life, Blurred and Re-Envisioned:  After a brain injury, Brian Nice started to see the world differently. My Point of View:  Brian’s blog.

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How to Make a Book With Steidl

I’ve just finished watching, How to Make a Book With Steidl, for the second time in about two weeks.  You can find it on Netflix and elsewhere.  I want to recommend it for a variety of reasons. Candid discussions with some of the great photographers about their work A view of the thought processes of […]


Qualities of a Good Subject

Where does the magic come from and why isn’t it always there?  One person can get in front of your camera with all the promise in the world, and you’re left with dull, empty portraits that you can’t quite explain.  Nothing there.  No life, and what seems to be a total lack of connection between […]