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Stark Realities

“The Snow is melting into music.” –John Muir, John of the Mountains, The Unpublished Journals of John Muir No symptoms. No family history. I haven’t touched these pages for some time because since October, health issues had my creative mind frozen in a thick, cold web of anxiety. It was in early October that a routine colonoscopy after turning 50 in August revealed a serious problem. I was diagnosed with colon cancer in November and

At the Center of Things

“My foot slips on a narrow ledge; in that split second, as needles of fear pierce heart and temples, eternity intersects with present time. Thought and action are not different, and stone, air, ice, sun, fear, and self are one. What is exhilarating is to extend this acute awareness into ordinary moments, in the moment-by-moment experiencing of the lammergeier and the wolf, which, finding themselves at the center of things, have no need for any

Photo Ark: From adversity springs inspiration, hope and a global quest

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore‘s multi-year quest to photograph all creatures in human care around the world offers important lessons on inspiration, conservation action and finding hope during dark times.   AI-AP Pro Photo Daily recently published my piece (below) on his project and ongoing exhibition at the beautiful Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. I hope some of you may have a chance to go see it in person — the show is

Absolute freedom of the soul: A journey to Lapland

Italian photographer Andrea Giandomenico recently shared images with me from his magical journeys to one of his favorite destinations on earth: Finnish Lapland, a wild and pristine park in the far north, home to Santa Claus and the last refuge of Finland’s ancient Sámi people. “Imagine something surreal in those quiet places where humans can observe and breathe moments of absolute freedom of the soul,” Andrea says. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Indeed. Enjoy these postcards from the

WorldWide Feature: Alexander Vinogradov

“This is self-expression” — portraits by Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov Alexander Vinogradov – Worldwide Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov bought his first camera just a decade ago. At the time, he says, he “dreamed of learning to take pictures of landscapes or make beautiful macro pictures.” But as he launched into his newfound passion, he was pulled in another direction: portraits. See more of Alexander’s stunning work here:  Alexander Vinogradov photography – PORTFOLIO Portrait photography and

Calling All Creatives! Lensbaby’s “Project Disrupt” contest deadline is Oct. 8!

Lensbaby – makers of award winning lenses, optics, and accessories – is partnering up with Lume Cube and Mountainsmith, for Project Disrupt, a contest which will give 10 lucky individuals photography/videography gear to fuel their next passion project. It’s easy to enter via a simple form. Check it out & share your great idea! Project Disrupt Disruptions are great creative fire starters – they force us to stop what we’re doing, break out of our routine, and try something new. Our new Sol

WorldWide! Celebrating the World’s Image Makers

I’m wrapping up a few final features for WorldWide Magazine, an official publication of Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA). I’m also a SIPA juror for the second year. Beginning today, I’ll share my stories for WorldWide here as this year’s awards event on October 27 nears. Maybe I’ll even see you in Siena next month for the festivities. I love discovering the work of image makers from around the world and learning about their projects,

On to the Next Crazy Venture

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road Monument Valley USA. July, 2018. Featured image: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah USA. July, 2018 © Gina Williams Like this:Like Loading...