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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)


Happy Relaxation Day! Scenes from a park

August 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

"Balboa Park", "tree roots", sepiaSlow embraceBalboa Park, San Diego

"Balboa Park", vine, "black and white"Close companionsBalboa Park, San Diego Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. - Chinese proverb


San Diego’s Balboa Park is a beautiful refuge.  I went there recently to meet up with friends and check out some museum exhibits.  Arrived a *mere* four hours early, which was barely enough time to renew a friendship with some of the park’s most beautiful botanical residents.












"Balboa Park", "photo impressionism", flowersDance of the flowersBalboa Park, San Diego. Photo impressionism.






New York at street level

August 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian - Russell Baker

Withered by an oppressive heat wave.  Frustrated by the bright sun and harsh shadows.  A midsummer visit came with significant challenges.  But still, Central Park was lush, The High Line was in bloom and the peoplewatching was world class.  I tried to focus less on the “if only” (if only I wasn’t exhausted - if only the weather was more interesting), and focused more on the “only in New York.”

New York: working the angles

July 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

midtown, "new york city"Blue cornerMidtown Manhattan

“Skyscraper National Park” - Kurt Vonnegut

"high line", "new york city", reflectionFractured curvesThe High Line

They say that in New York, one surefire way to tell the tourists from the native New Yorkers is that the locals never look up.  I say, they’re missing out on a good thing. During an all too brief recent visit, I spent a good deal of time pointing the camera skyward.  Geometry, shapes, shadows, reflections, architectural detail - the city offers infinite possibilities. I'm not sure why - perhaps the repetition of lines and angles, the confusion between what is real and what is reflected - but these photographs are oddly calming to look at. (Maybe it's just me!)  A few of the images are shown here - the full collection is available here.


midtown, "new york city", reflectionAcross the centuriesMidtown Manhattan

Battery abstracts, fully charged

July 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


I've returned to the abstract images from the Northwest fort gun batteries, finally editing and uploading the rest of the collection.  I hope you enjoy them.

Venturing outdoors

July 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A new collection of images from May’s travels - this time the subjects are more wide-ranging and the forms more recognizable.   See - It's not always about abstracts!

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)