A Call To Connection

. There's something mysterious about many of the images you are about to see. Unaltered images look altered. Altered images look unaltered. It's a sign of the times. How do we know what we know? Is seeing believing? Is believing seeing? Perhaps the questions are more important than the answers because they start a never-ending process of inquiry. This work is a quest for perspective. It's an inquiry into possibilities. This work dissolves boundaries in an attempt to find new possibilities. This is an important time for photography, the most influential visual medium in history. We've seen more change to the medium in the past decade than we've seen in it's entire 150 year history. Change is not new to photography. It has always changed and been an agent for change. Photography itself was an experiment...

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Antarctica

This post collects three pieces written in 2019, 2009, and 2007.   . My Antarctica February, 2019 . Antarctica is … well see that’s the problem. Antarctica is so otherworldly it defies easy description. Sublimely overwhelming, it’s a place of contradictions and mystery It’s desolate; it’s alive. It’s immense; it’s intimate. It’s lyrical; it’s brutal. It’s so remote and yet it touches the rest of the world in one way or another. . Life . The Antarctica I know, the peninsula, is surrounded by waters teeming with life – plankton, krill, fish, seals, whales and bird after bird after bird. Its waters feed the world’s waters. But every time I turn my gaze inland, I remember why they call it the crystal desert; its 5,000 meter thick ice receives less precipitation than the Sahara;...

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Seeing Is Not Believing, Believing Is Not Seeing

. It happened suddenly, a television commercial brought it all together for me. An advertisement for the Dublin Times gave me a thirty second crash course in media studies. The film was scratchy, gritty, high in contrast, and black and white – visual clues to the proposed truth value of documentary photography. Images flickered depicting a brawny youth in leather, with military boots and a shaved head racing down the street, past two concerned elderly ladies toward the viewer. Just committed a crime? The voice over stated, “Seen one way, a picture tells a certain story.” The images cut to another view where the youth was now seen rushing past the elderly ladies away from the viewer towards a well dressed...

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