The Joy of Light

“Light make photography. Admire it. Love it. But, above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

I have always felt that photography, in the right hands, is an artform. However, sometimes it is hard to tell when, and how, the craft of photography can become an art and whether a particular image meets that criteria. I have often thought a lot about this in my own photography. And that is the subject of this Blog: how do I find the Art in Photography and how do I know when I have found it?

I hope you find my thoughts on the subject entertaining and, occasionally, informative.

You will notice that I have not included a way for you to directly engage in comments or argument about my comments. I don’t want to be in the position of having to police comments or censor people views or way of expressing themselves. I am too old for that. However, if you wish to engage with me directly  go over to the “Contact Me” page and drop me a line. I try to answer all of the comments I receive and If I find feedback that helps me develop my own thinking I will write about it here.

The Same is Always Different

The Same is Always Different

On the side of the house we have a Lady who stands in the garden looking after the flowers. She is one of my favorite subjects.Have you ever heard someone pondering what to photograph? I have and I have had the experience of making a suggestion only to be told that...

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The Process is Irrelevant

The Process is Irrelevant

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Art Vancouver 2022

Art Vancouver 2022

This past Saturday I took off by myself and went downtown to the Art Vancouver show at the Vancouver Convention Center. According to the show catalogue this is the sixth such event intended to raise awareness of Western Canada’s art scene. I had a wonderful afternoon...

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Thoughts on the Ukraine

Thoughts on the Ukraine

Tonight I wanted to talk about something different. I want to talk about the Ukraine. For the last three weeks I have listened and watched the absolute tragedy unfolding there and I have felt rage at the events and impotence to do anything about it. For the first time...

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Pictures in the Rain

Pictures in the Rain

This is our path in the woods high above the ocean where we walk in the forest. We are so lucky to have this lovely wilderness to walk in just outside our front door.Pictures in the RainIt rained yesterday. It was cold and misty and the rain came in a flood. I learned...

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What is a Camera

What is a Camera

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Did I Win?

Did I Win?

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Fun is Enough (sometimes!)

Fun is Enough (sometimes!)

I listen to podcasts about photography. Any time I am engaged in a task that I find tedious, I slip on my headphones, plug into my smart phone, and go to Spotify. Most photography podcasts are simple conversations and it’s like eavesdropping on people who are...

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Critics and Criticism

Critics and Criticism

My wife, Susan, and I walk often for the exercise. We live in an area with woodland trails, parks and beautiful scenery so our walks can be very pleasant. And on these walks I often (well, actually, always is more accurate) bring one of the cameras that is interesting...

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Group Art

Group Art

When I am doing my share of the chores around the house I like to plug into my smart phone and listen to podcasts and music. As you might expect, I follow several photography podcasts. Some are technology and equipment heavy and some are just pleasant conversation...

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New Paint Brushes

New Paint Brushes

Sunday morning and Susan and I decide to begin junking out the garage. This is a job we have both been dreading but it has to be done. For months now I have looked at my workbench in despair of ever being able to use it again. And the rest of the garage is not much...

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Silk

Silk

The Silk Art Gallery is in an old heritage building in the historic downtown of Port Moody here in B.C.. The only lens I had with me was the new one I had just bought but 50mm was too long to get the whole building in. So I went home to get my 16-35mm zoom. By the...

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