Athabaskan Fish Camp

circa 1945 As a very young child I remember visiting family in Nenana, a small town in Alaska on the banks of the Tanana River.  Every once in a while my father would wake me up early in the morning and say it was time to go for a boat ride.  My father would “bundle...

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Johannes Vermeer and Camera Obscura

A few years ago, while visiting Europe, we were touring the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam when I came upon something I was not quite prepared for.  It was the featured image of this blog post, The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer.  This is a relatively small oil on canvas (41...

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Who Were the First Photographers?

I still remember the first day of my first photography class back in high school, the instructor started class with a description of what a camera is.  He said, a camera is nothing more than a box, with a hole in one side.  Sometimes, but not always, that hole has a...

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Sydney Laurence and Tonal Impressionism

Many times, I am not quite why I like a picture.  It seems that dropping back on the “rules” of good composition do not seem to give me justification for my likes or dislikes.  I tend to not like “trendy” landscapes, or at least the landscapes that have been trendy...

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An Experiment with Notans

I hang out with one of the local art organizations here in Spokane (www.spokanerrafa.com) and in an effort to motivate members, we started having what we call a periodic RRAFA Challenge.  Someone gives the members a challenge, like do something with only two colors or...

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