Tag Archives: Philosophy

Photography: Permanent yet Temporary

Mad Men ´The Carousel´ from Emilio on Vimeo. I’ve been writing a lot lately about the purpose of photography, and how it might be shared with others. One of the ideas I just lightly skimmed on was the issue of … Continue reading

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Outside the box photography outlets

Should photographers think more like a guerilla? Recently, I wrote here questioning the ways that photography is displayed and shared with the public. My basic premise: that the typical ways that photography is shared — the gallery wall, the publication, … Continue reading

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Ultimate Intent?

East Second Avenue, 2008. From the the Portland Switching District Project. This April, I completed the run of my first photo exhibit, a short preview show of selected images from the Portland Switching District Project. The show was hosted at … Continue reading

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It begins again

Recently, my life got pretty darn hectic. I made a mad dash to Chicago for the Center for Railroad Photography and Art conference, as I previously noted, and then made a mad dash back just in time to start a … Continue reading

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Style vs. Substance

Beauty and Meaning: Two essential tensions of photography. Willamette Draw and the abandoned Atofina Chemicals terminal, Portland, Oregon, 2010. One of the essential tensions of photography is that between a photographer’s style and the substance of his or her photographs. … Continue reading

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Photos make the photographer, not cameras

The Yashicamat, a tempting MF camera. Photo by tim_d, used under Creative Commons license. Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time on sites like KEH and Blue Moon and eBay considering used medium-format cameras. For those unschooled in the … Continue reading

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Valuing Negativity

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A plug and a project

In Between. Portland, OR, March 2010. Kodak TMY. This month I have two articles in the Online Extras section at the website of TRAINS Magazine. Both of these stories were written for a content extra that promotes the activities of … Continue reading

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The Role of Loss

Checking For Obstructions. Portland, OR, March 2010. Kodak TMY. This week, a friend picked up a copy of David Plowden’s retrospective, Vanishing Point, a book I once wrote a Russian-novel length review of here. I’ve come to be a great … Continue reading

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Photojournalism and respect

At the Lansdowne SkyTrain station in Richmond, B.C. Sometimes I think that one of the main reasons I feel I am not particularly skilled as a photo journalist is that I’m just not enough of an a-hole for the job. … Continue reading

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