The Struggle Isn’t New

Allium praecox (Early Onion) with open flowers and unopened buds, San Diego, California; March 2019.

“There are certain pictures I can never take. We turn on the TV and are smothered with cruelty and suffering and I don’t need to add to it. So I just photograph peaceful things. A vase of flowers, a beautiful girl. Sometimes, through a peaceful face, I can bring something important into the world.” (Edouard Boubat)

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Emotional Content

Row of trees growing on a largely decomposed nurse log, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington; September 2022.

I just stumbled upon a news bit in which images, made by the Hubble and James Webb telescopes respectively, of the Eagle Nebula (M16) gas pillars known as the Pillars of Creation are shown side by side. I remember when I first saw the original image, with its unbelievable shapes and colors. It captivated me and fired up my imagination, of “space, the final frontier”, and all that. :)

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Finding Jewels

Mouth of Owlshead Canyon above Confidence Hills, seen from Jubilee Pass Road, Death Valley National Park, California; February 2022.

Cole Thompson’s idea of “photographic celibacy“, the idea to limit one’s intake of photography*, has been mentioned here and there already in my blog. And just like Cole, I always thought about it from the perspective of not getting influenced by other’s work: because I’m prone to that, I find the idea convincing. A few days ago, Bruce Percy** added another quite compelling reason:

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