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What Stands in the Way

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius They say creativity loves obstacles, but I don’t think that’s quite true. I understand the underlying meaning, but the term “obstacle” doesn’t really […]

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Soft Launch

The night before we left for our recent trip to New Hampshire and Maine, we soft-launched my new book Photography by the Letter. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term “soft-launch,” it basically means we made […]

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The Second Act is Better

Recently, I celebrated my fiftieth birthday with a house full of friends, some of whom came from as far away as Philadelphia and New Jersey to be there. I’ve never really had a birthday party before — at least not […]

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What’s Next?

What’s next? It’s a question that has plagued anyone who has ever made anything and now it is plaguing me. In a few days I will celebrate my 50th birthday and I’ve recently completed Photography by the Letter, the most […]

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Forty years ago today, something happened that would change the lives of millions and usher in a new type of moviemaking: Star Wars opened in theaters. While I didn’t see it opening day, I did see it in the theater […]

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Old Mills and Makers

Last weekend, we all flew up to New Hampshire to see Adrianne’s sister graduate with her Master’s degree. I’d been there once before, but we flew into Logan and spent most of our time in Boston. This time, we flew […]

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Exactly Where I Need to be

I’ve hesitated sharing this because I didn’t think it was relevant to making or art or creativity. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that in many ways it underscores both what and why we make […]

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Talking Creativity on the Creative Bar

If you can’t get enough of me talking about creativity and the struggles around making on episodes of On Taking Pictures, here’s a conversation between me and my friend (and outstanding pinhole photographer) Jon Wilkening for his podcast, The Creative Bar. […]

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Death of a Cabbage

When I was in college, I carried half a head of purple cabbage around in a Ziplock bag in my backpack for two weeks. Do you have any idea what happens to a head of cabbage after two weeks of […]

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Better to be Doing

When I was little, nothing made me happier than drawing. My mom used to say that I could draw before I could talk, though I find that hard to believe given how I tend to ramble on. Art supply stores […]

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