Monday, January 8, 2018

The Art of Seeing
The photographer's goal is to see and share the world in the strongest possible way.  Truthful, revealing, and penetrating.  The art of photography is the art of seeing.  The strength and integrity of a photograph lies in the seeing.  The rules of photographic composition are often invalid and over power what lies between the spirit of the photographer and the subject.

Every photographer has their own way of seeing, expressing, feeling.  The challenge is to allow the seeing be shared in the photograph rather than standing aloof from it.  Adequate technique is necessary.  Confidence is required.  Developing confidence in the seeing is the challenge.

This coming March 4 - 9 I will be teaching Expressive Black and White Landscapes and Fine Art Digital Print Making at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  We will be working in the landscape around Santa Fe understanding the art of seeing.  Returning to the digital lab we will craft our expression of the landscape into the fine art black and white print.  Consider joining me.  It will be a week spent in exploring and understanding the challenge of the art of seeing.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ridin' into the New Year
Closing the book on 2017.  Starting a new one for 2018.  For many of us 2017 just flat out seemed to be one of those years.  Maybe one of those years we are ready to close the book on.  Lost a very special friend in 2017.  That's Kevin in the photograph.  Always a smile on his face.  Always a special friend.  Met him over 30 years ago.  He was just 19 when he knocked on my studio door lookin' for a job.  He kept knockin'.  Every month for almost a year.  Then one day we started working together.  Solid, strong, dependable, honest.  Years went by.  We rode many miles together on two wheels.  Made thousands of photographs in the studio.  Never forget the first day in the studio together.  He came in all dressed up wearing a brand new sweatshirt.  On the front in very large print "Crotch Rocket".  We had to tame that down a bit, it all worked out.  

Going to miss you Kevin.  Miss you a lot.  Can feel your spirit with the thump of the motor and sound of two wheels on the road.  Can see the sun on your back and the smile on your face.  Ride on brother.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seeing, Feeling, Expressing...photographically
Last week was spent co-teaching a National Geographic Photography Workshop in Santa Fe.  Been teaching these for over ten years now.  If memory serves me, this would be close to number sixty.  Over the years the photography schedule and locations have remained the same.  Last Thursday Ghost Ranch.
Time and again, the question arises..."How do you return to a familiar location and see, feel, and express it in a different way?"
Is it the light?  Time of day? Season of the year?  The moment?  Very often the phrase...sense of place is tossed around.
Does the photographer become part of the equation?  Often I will slow students down in a workshop.  Suggesting they take a moment to not only see but more importantly to feel.  

Feel the moment.  Feel the place.  Then express.  Is the expression literal or conceptual?  The answer can only come directly from the heart of the photographer.  Been there many times...always feels different to me.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, September 8, 2017

Breakin' from the Radio Waves...Back on the Highways

You never know who you might run into walking down the street.  Today on the way to the KMRD studio heard my name being called out.  Turned to see two traveling' bikers.  Took a moment...then I knew they were some brothers from across the border in Canada.
Joe and Mike are on a blue highways road trip across from Ottowa to the Southwest.  Perfect timing for a radio chat about Travelin' and the Freedom of the Road.  Cllck on the play arrow to hear the show.
Signin' off from the radio waves and getting back on the highways.  Final show.  Great way to end.

 BUT....Stay tuned here for new Blue Highway photo stories.  Comin' to you from those two laners across America.

be strong, be safe, Talon