Creative: Powering down from Mobile

I accidentally did something interesting. As you know, I recently attended the fourteenth year of the Palm Springs Photo Festival. I love this event. This event is truly unique to photography. This event is also tailor-made for social media, at … Read More

Creative: Loving to Lose

The most I ever made from a single day of photography was $20,000. Three years ago I turned down a $40,000 job because I was too sick (Lyme) to complete the mission. Ten years before, I held my line and … Read More

Creative: In the Moment

Busted. Reading in the middle of the night. I’ve said this before but reading is a free education and one that most of us should take more advantage of. Less screen, more page. The truth is Americans, not all but … Read More

Creative: Judging a Contest

I just judged a contest for “Photographer of the Year.” I won’t go into all the details of where, for whom, etc. Just know I was asked to judge and judge I did. I take this very seriously. Being a … Read More

Creative: Palm Springs Photo Festival, Take Five

Day one of our workshop, and a day of books. At least at the beginning. This is our third year of teaching this particular class, but each year we change things up. This year’s class is a lecture, discussion, questions, … Read More

Creative: Palm Springs Photo Festival, Take Four

Newsflash. I don’t work as a photographer. Haven’t for a long time. However, I’m still intrigued by the idea of being a working photographer in 2019. Why? Because so much has changed. You often hear horror stories these days. The … Read More

Creative: The Worst Photograph Ever Made

I’ve come to an important conclusion. This is the single worst photograph ever made. This image was made from an airboat on the Texas coast during a duck hunting expedition my father and I undertook in the early 1980s. This … Read More

Creative: Newswear Belt Bag

I like fanny packs. There, I said it. I’ve been using belt bag systems since the early 1990s but these systems have varied tremendously. One of the best setups I had was given to me by another photographer who felt … Read More

Creative: Journal as Journey

The journey to photobook bliss is as thin and difficult to walk as a razor’s edge, to steal from one of my all-time favorite books. “It’s easy to be a Holy Man on top of a mountain.” (Read The Razor’s … Read More

Creative: Photoshelter

I get a lot of emails about post-production, storage, archiving, access and delivery of images. First off, I haven’t worked as a photographer in nearly ten years. It still feels incredible to say this, but it has been that long. … Read More

Creative: Self-Portrait, London

I’ve photographed myself more than once. My best guess going back thirty years is maybe I’ve photographed myself a hundred times. Now, this is a total stab in the dark. It might be slightly more, or slightly less. You might … Read More

Creative: Old Promo Piece

I’m a huge fan of print media. I know, you’re shocked. And when I say “print media,” I don’t just mean magazines, portfolios, books, etc. I mean marketing collateral as well. The image you are viewing here goes back to … Read More

Creative: The Power of Vague

This just in. The cover of your precious book is important. Some might say critical. I would say “You never get a second chance at a first impression,” but I would never say that because that would be a terrible … Read More