What is Timelessness?

When speaking about the design of the bags which Louis Vuitton produces, the representative said this: "Most of the fundamental designs you see here in the store, with very few exceptions, were designed nearly a hundred years ago"!

I gasped, and not merely at the astonishing statement itself, but at the implications of what this meant for great design. 

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For the sake of the photograph! - Is art subjective? NO!

I've spoken with several people which made ridiculous statements about the subjectivity of photography and art, arguing that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and all that crap - at which point I bust out laughing at the ignorance! It is post-modern lunacy which strives to make all things relative that I am laughing at, not the individual - after all, ignorance is bliss! 

Relativism is a self defeating argument and no serious thinker can possibly claim that all things are relative - why? Because you would have to make an absolute statement that "relativism is absolutely true" at which point, you've just violated your very own principle of no absolutes in move #1 - check mate! See what I mean? Relativism is stupidity, people! There ARE absolutes! There ARE rules! No you CAN'T do what ever you please!

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Blind Photographers - The epidemic!

A photographer doesn't need a camera to make a photograph, he needs a camera only to show you what he made. The sad part is that largely, today, most photographers are walking around blind. Their mind's eye was never opened, and their only crutch is Photoshop and their ability to shoot now, and pick later. And the reality is that blindness will never know the light, until it is gone. As photographers we get to choose when we cross over and re-sanctify the photograph, and make our "mind's eye" see - that is when thou shall see the light and their life will change. 

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What's in my bag!

Although I have a great bond and a sincere connection to the tools which I have picked over the course of my career, the fact of the matter is that none of these matter in themselves. When combined together, these tools create a hand selected kit of paint brushes which I know intimately, know how it responds, and know what I will get before I put them to use. I could not fully do what I do without my equipment, because it was hand selected for a purpose, and to help me capture what my minds eye sees. And so here is what is in my bag!

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Hand-Picking Lenses

These qualities come from a vision first a foremost, and a way of seeing the world through pre-visualization before even considering any equipment. It is important to know that no equipment in the world will do what you cannot, and regardless of how expensive it is, it doesn't make art for youOnly an artist makes art, only a professional can do it repeatedly and only a real photographer can combine the two. 

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How much does it cost? - Part I::A breakdown of why photographs cost money!

You know whats crazy? Paying 1.5 million dollars for a painting. Or going to Vegas and foolishly splurging 10 grand on absolutely nothing! That's crazy! You know what else is crazy?

  • Not realizing that a day of shooting means a month of work total - that's crazy!
  • Not paying an individual for their time - even crazier!
  • Not realizing that even breathing costs money, eventually! There is no free lunch - it costs somebody something at some point
  • Not thinking about the investment in equipment required to make a photograph 
  • Not realizing that we were not born professionals - time, energy and money went into learning the craft
  • Not realizing that most people, although try they may, can never be great because they were not born with that talent. (Theory vs. Instinct)
  • Not realizing that we all have bills which must be paid, which requires an income
  • Not realizing that we create things which never existed before
  • Not realizing that without photographs, you don't have memories! 
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Theory vs. Instinct - A breakdown of what makes greatness!

Instinct is what makes greatness, it is what exists before theory, and it is the stuff theory is made of – instinct is talent! One cannot have theory without something to theorize about. And one cannot study something which hasn’t been created. We creative types have an interesting, and royal calling. We create things which never existed before, and we, by our talents (read instincts) make creations which can be studied, and off of which theory is born. Instinct comes from years of experiences in one’s life, which are all unique – instinct is wired into your mind, and it is how you live your life. Instinct is how you define yourself, and how you challenged yourself to become great. Instinct is not accidental, because it takes energy to create. Greatness is instinct, and instinct existed first.

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DSLR vs. Rangefinder Shooting Methodology - An argument for purposeful photography

Do you see the problem there? He’s not sure he got “it”, but he got enough random shots that he’s “bound” to get one right….hopefully. And this is the condition which the very large majority of photographers you know, heard of, or seen suffer from. Even many of the higher end photographers that you expect to have mastered their craft still do this silly exercise, except they’ve just gotten better at the “DSLR Method” then the rest. So if this is not the correct approach, what else is there?

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How you can select a real photographer - Amateurs vs. Professionals

Not much time passes and mommy thinks that she can shoot cool pictures with a “blurry background”, and in the excitement she thinks, why not make some money doing it! After all, you can’t get a blurry background with an iPhone, so she MUST be a pro, right? She goes and builds a crappy website with every picture she’s ever taken to flood the site with content for the sake of having it populated so that people can see her “work”. There’s no rhyme or reason, there is no theme or clarity to the content. At this point it’s just a pile of crap, that non-the-less she is very proud of.

At this point, mommy doesn't ever question her knowledge, compilation or ability and thinks “jee, this is easy”! She even gets a bunch of “likes” on Facebook and she feels good about her photographs. So good does she feel about herself that when an uninformed client contacts her through a friend, she now charges a professional’s rate for her “work” – after all, she can do “blurry backgrounds”!

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What is a photographer? - Does gear matter...

Too often these amateur photographers get into enormous debt to buy expensive cameras that they can’t possibly benefit from, on projects which they couldn't care less for, to make money they don’t deserve! And all of this is because they feel self-entitlement to charge for their blurry-backgrounds, and expensive cameras.

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