The Palouse: A photographers cliche?

In this post to accompany my Palouse images I have run into something that is making me quite hesitant to publish and display these pictures.  In every fine art photography course I have taken, the instructor has been adamant about avoiding cliches.  I am coming to...

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The Last Yukon River Steamers

I grew up listening to stories about riverboats on the Yukon river. My father and mother met working on those riverboats.  Many of their friends they met while working on the riverboats.  We had riverboat pictures all over the house and my father even has a tie with a...

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Athabaskan Fish Camp

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 me up” in a...

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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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