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SPIRIT STANDING STILL - a blog about photography, mostly

"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." (Minor White)


Sand dancer

May 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

"sand patterns", "black and white", abstractSand forest

The receding tide made lovely patterns in the sand - trees and even a goblin or two.  Summer will be here soon - are you ready to feel the sand between your toes?

Doorway to the horizon

May 12, 2018  •  1 Comment

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Just a simple photomontage, created by combining images of rust and peeling paint.

Scanography - portrait in purple

May 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

orchid, scanography, "scanner art"Purple passionDry orchid blossoms. Scanography

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. - Lope de Vega


These spent orchid blossoms gradually - over a span of months - transformed into something quite different.  Paper thin and husk-like, but still rich in color. A perfect subject for the scanner.

Autumn was not canceled, only postponed

April 24, 2018  •  2 Comments

We must not be governed by rigid rules, as by the almanac, but let the season rule us. The moods and thoughts of man are revolving just as steadily and incessantly as nature's. Nothing must be postponed. Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. (Journal of Henry David Thoreau, April 24, 1859)

This is the final collection of photographs from last October’s vacation - autumn in New England - just six months late!  “Nothing must be postponed” indeed! “Take time by the forelock” and “now or never!” I think the juxtaposition would make Thoreau chuckle.

No matter how long I had to delay the processing of these images, they still evoke the magic of fall.


Exuberant abstracts

April 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.  - Wassily Kandinsky

If you’re looking for Kandinsky’s colorful “vibrations in the soul”, you can’t do better than the vibrant Cadillac Ranch and the lesser known (but just as colorful) Slug Bug Ranch.  Years of panting and overpainting have created peeling, dripping layers that transform into abstract canvases when viewed up close. Sheer bliss for an abstract photographer!

Favorite Sites / Recents Reads

  In the Moment: Michael Frye's Landscape Photography Blog

 Carol Leigh photography blog

 David du Chemin photography blog

 Fine Art Landscape Photography of Seung Kye Lee 

 My Modern Met "where art enthusiasts and trend spotters connect over creative ideas"

 Ian Plant Dreamscapes photography blog

 William Neill's Light on the Landscape photoblog

 Art Wolfe blog

Recently read, and highly recommended:

The creative habit (Twyla Tharp)

The museum of extraordinary things (Alice Hoffman)

Jane Gardam's "Old Filth" trilogy: Old Filth, The man in the wooden hat, and Last Friends

The good Lord bird (James McBride)

Snow hunters (Paul Yoon)