Essay: Laughing Stock

August 23, 2014  •  1 Comment
There's no question that a good sense of humor is one of the healthiest attributes you can have. I don't recall who said, "A good dose of humor is the most effective antidote to daily life.", but it was sage advice, indeed. (Maybe it was me?) When it comes to sharing humor it has long seemed to me that a funny photograph has a much longer effective...
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About This Image: Summer Girl

August 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
It's no secret that I am extremely enthusiastic for the camera's ability to describe subjects in nearly infinite detail. It gives me a real thrill to capture images such as " Air Show " and " Aqua " that offer ever more information to lingering and repeating viewers. But I am equally enthusiastic for photographs that are more impressionistic than...
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About This Image: Man on Ice

March 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
One of photography's old chestnuts is that if you stare at something long enough you will eventually see something remarkable. Maybe it's not such an "old chestnut", after all. I have been staring at Lake Michigan and, particularly, Chicago's Monroe Harbor for nearly thirty years, year in and year out. I never tire of looking at it. The scene is...
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About This Collection: Urban Glyphs & Cold Bones

August 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Loosen up and look around! That's what "Urban Glyphs" is all about. Our minds are continuously trying to make sense of what our eyes see. Most of the time, thankfully, a healthy mind draws the correct associations. Bird seen = bird recognized. Car seen = car recognized. But sometimes if the image is not obvious the association can be fanciful. Th...
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About This Image: "The Finisher" (untitled)

July 23, 2013
This piece features another image from the project I introduced in my July 21, 2013 article titled "To Build". Here we see a fellow finishing (washing) the corrugated concrete walls of an intricate ramped walkway. This is one of those scenes I dream of encountering, especially in the context of this project. Here we have this man floating in this w...
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About This Image: To Build

July 21, 2013
This is the title image of a personal project that I began sometime in 2006. My "To Build" project is devoted to capturing large construction projects from an artful, rather than documentary, perspective. I'll offer much more about the project later this year when I plan to open a gallery of the project's images here. Right now I want to look just...
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About This Image: Van Buren

July 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
How do you maintain your sense of focus, your spirits, and your sense of self amidst the cacophony of daily urban life? The answer that many, perhaps most, of us would offer is that we find and create bubbles of peaceful sanctuary that we visit throughout the day. I suspect that's exactly what this lady was doing when I took this image. It was ne...
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About This Image: One Way, San Francisco and Daley Plaza 2/3

July 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
By way of introduction I admit that the work of Magnum photographer Rene Burri has been very influential on my eye. Burri's ability to see and capture scenes in layers, often rather graphic, with each layer adding more richness to the overall image. Studying Burri's images has forever tuned my photo eye to spot such opportunities. Ditto many images...
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About This Image: Air Show

July 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
I admit it: I have become somewhat of a nut for images thick with details. Whether it's an intricate Albrecht Durer etching or a dense photograph, I find images that cannot be fully absorbed in a single viewing, or two, or three, to be immensely rewarding. In 2012 I decided to actively pursue capturing such images across all genres. "Air Show" is...
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