What It Means to Be an Artist

Winter Night art print of Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo

Why do some photographers not consider themselves artists? This is seriously a question that haunts me some days. If I had a nickle for every time I encountered a photographer in various art forums who wanted to be strictly styled as a photographer rather than an artist… Well, I wouldn’t be wealthy, but I certainly could afford a nice trip somewhere! Considering how long photography has fought for a place at the artistic table, I’m often amazed when I discover photographers who consider what they do outside of the arena … Continue reading

Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Surprise

Picture of Glastonbury Tor - site of the yearly music festival

I have to preface this by saying that in the grand scheme of things I am not a huge sports fan, and I’m not a loyal follower of the Olympic games, but this one was in one of my favorite places on Earth, London. Couple that with seeing a few of my friends post that the opening ceremonies tonight were quite good and I tuned in part way through to see what the buzz was about. And I was absolutely floored! Before even knowing that the artistic director for the … Continue reading

British Whimsy Lives

Artsy Picture of a Red British Telephone Booh from London, England

It’s no secret that London is one of my favorite cities, and all the buzz about the Olympics this summer and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has certainly made me nostalgic. I can’t believe I haven’t been to London since 2008! I would love to rectify that situation but the opportunity and funds haven’t shown themselves, so for now my return trip there is just a dream. Keeping in mind how long it’s been since I’ve been to London and the utterly obvious fact I don’t live there, it’s not the … Continue reading

Best Foot Forward

Photo of colorful houses on the seaside in the warm sunlight in Galway Ireland

There are days when I feel I have taken on never-ending projects! As long-term readers will know, I’ve been working on an update to my print collections – a rather involved one. I kept thinking soon I’ll finish and get to tell you all it’s done! And the best I can do now is say that it’s more or less complete, but that I also recognize that I’m rarely 100% satisfied with anything, so it can at best be considered somewhat complete. Minimally at least, I have re-written the descriptions … Continue reading

Taste of Paris – New Prints Offered

The Eiffel Tower in soft winter light - textured

I’ve been making major headway with re-working my online gallery, and the latest to join the completed stack are the prints on offer from Paris! I’ve said over and over again that Paris is easily the most photogenic place I’ve been. There are cities that I dearly love that were not as shockingly beautiful. And it’s made the task of selecting what to include in my gallery even harder. In fact, I’m almost certain I’ll be rotating work in and out of this gallery in the future. This is probably … Continue reading

Photography and Reality

Picture of Towan Beach in Newquay Cornwall

One of the interesting questions I often get about my photos, aside from what camera do you use, is if I’ve altered the photo in anyway. I always find the question interesting because I suspect a painter would not get asked that question nearly so much. Painters are practically expected to take artistic license with a scene. In fact, I well recall in college that one of the professors in our art department felt there was no need for photo-realistic painting as you ‘have a camera for that.’ I know in the … Continue reading