Archive for October 2010


October 29, 2010



October 26, 2010


Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
Boris Pasternak

No one is ever ordinary.
Tanith Lee

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary, the only home.
Philip Levine

Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.
Robert Anton Wilson

With our photography the ordinary becomes distinct, the way poetry transforms words.


Inner Critic

October 22, 2010



Just lift your camera, look through your viewfinder, ignore your inner critic and press the shutter release.


Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
– Patrick Overton

Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are (position, influence) or what you have (money), it depends solely upon what you think

Dale Carnegie


The Inner Critic is the voice in your head that continuously has something negative to say about you, your looks, your performance, your work, your everything.


October 19, 2010


If things don’t come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.
Branch Rickey

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
Norman Vincent Peale

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.
Christian Dior



Ralph Gibson

October 15, 2010

Excerpt from

Ralph Gibson

 Refractions:thoughts on aesthetics and photography

Careful examination of the work of great masters of the Leica, will indicate that the majority of their photographs appear to have been taken with 50mm lens. There is no trace of distortion and no excess drama from the lens itself.

 I believe that the best way to learn framing is to work with a rangefinder camera and 50mm lens exclusively for a period of years. You must get to the point where you can unhesitantly place yourself at the correct distance from an object so that it will be framed correctly when you bring the camera to your eye. It is only by performing this excise over and over again, as a pianist would practice scales, that the camera becomes an instantaneous extension of the eye.

Once having mastered this exercise for the 50mm lens, you can quickly apply it to other focal lengths. But if you start out switching between three or four different focal lengths, you will never learn to use any one of them without hesitation.

 For many years the lens I have turned most to is the 50mm lens. It renders objects in an undistorted perspective. Using the 50mm exclusively for a couple of years will teach you how to embrace the world with the geometry of the lens, much as the Vitruvian Man illustrates how the human form is embraced by the geometry of the circle and the square.



Ralph Gibson

October 12, 2010

Ralph Gibson 1988 Paris Voice Interview

Paris Voice: The muse can be a capricious lady, has she ever left you?

Never! I have never lost my inspiration. In thirty years the only constant in life has been my relationship to the medium. First you study photography, then you practice photography, then you serve photography, and finally one becomes photography.

It’s the point, which perhaps I haven’t reached, but now know of, where there is no separation between one’s life, one’s work and the results of what one does. I’m talking about a total integration. It doesn’t have anything to do with enlightenment. It is something that can only be explained by practicing it.

Ralph Gibson





October 8, 2010

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
John Lennon

I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
John Lennon

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
John Lennon

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
John Lennon