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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…

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…

Palio!

Twice a year, on July 2 and August 16, the Tuscan town of Siena, Italy goes wild for Palio, the famous horse race that dates back to the 13th Century. Thanks to Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) founder and photographer Luca Venturi, for sharing a link where you can watch the festivities leading up to race day and the main event live on July 2! Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing some of Luca’s photos…

Put Your Heart In Every Frame: Valerie Jardin publishes new Street Photography Ebook

Acclaimed street photographer Valerie Jardin has a brilliant new eBook available that’s full of advice on everything from respectful and anonymous documentation methods to utilizing shadows, capturing beautiful silhouettes and utilizing creative filters. See the download link below. “Always keep in mind that documentary photography is important and has historical value, as long as it is done respectfully.” –Valerie Jardin, Anonymous: How to Shoot Street Photography Without Revealing Your Subjects ANONYMOUS: How To Shoot Street…

Today’s Inspiration

“Photography isn’t looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin #WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/vKtzGI1sZH pic.twitter.com/zbSj3ROKA3 — ICP (@ICPhotog) April 18, 2018 Speaking of photography, emotion and the power of the image, check out the new Paris-based book created by French-American street photographer Valerie Jardin and British hairdresser Joshua Coombes as part of the #DoSomethingForNothing project founded by…

Share your work with the world

Hop on over to Format Magazine for the best photo contests of 2018. The “should you enter” info at the end of each listing is very helpful. The deadlines are organized chronologically. A few have passed, but just scroll down to May to see what’s open currently. The Best Photography Contests and Prizes in 2018 You’ve been working hard on your portfolio, curating the work that best shows off your artistic style and goals. Now…