Site Restructure

Fast Cars

Fast Cars

I’ve been tinkering with the site the past couple of months. What I had before was a bit messy and not structured the way I wanted, going forward. So some modifications were needed.

I can’t create in a vacuum, I need somewhere to show off what I’ve done. This is it, for now. I’ll get more ambitious later.

Previously I had two sites – my blog and a gallery on SmugMug.  My domain went to the gallery and linked to the blog. Now there is only one site and the domain points here.

The site is now made up of 3 areas:

  • Work Log (Blog) – This is my working journal. Here I record my thoughts, notes, research, anything that I think is interesting or anything I just want to verbalize
  • Gallery - I will publish the results of my projects, jobs, etc here. This is the finished product area
  • Training – I want to do more classes, reach out and help others learn. Each class I teach will include a syllabus – a summary of the key points with example images.

It ain’t pretty. There are some formatting issues, it could be cleaned up here or there. But it’s fully functional and it’s time I start being a photographer again, an artist, not a bad computer programmer.  Content is king here.

Meet Beaux

Meet Beaux

Next up – probably a store. It would be cool to actually generate some kind of income.  But there are some ego issues involved there. What if I put it up and nobody comes… :0)

But before the store or anything else – a whole lot of images, good, bad, some great. Tune in and see how it goes.

Oh, and the pictures above – no relation at all to this post other than they look nice and add some color to a fairly boring post.

Happy shooting all…


Jerry Uelsmann and John Paul Caponigro

These are excepts from a converstation between John Paul Caponigro and Jerry Uelsmann, first seen in the Nov/Dec 1997 issue of View Camera magazine.

You can see the full converstation here, on John Paul Caponigro’s web site.

The bolding is mine – the comments that caught my minds eye…

Jerry Uelsmann

I certainly don’t feel threatened by the computer. It’s a tool. It’s another way of making marks. Good creative artists will come along. We’re in this phase now where a lot of people are overwhelmed by it, feel it’s it, feel it’s the one thing. It’s going to be with us for a long time, but it’s going to find it’s place. I figured out pretty early, even in the darkroom, having too many options is counter productive to the creative process. The computer is the king of too many options.

John Paul Caponigro

Exactly. There is always the danger of doing too much. Knowing when to stop is important.


One of the things I’ve felt, a bizarre thing, was that photography had become so camera oriented. I had always liked the darkroom, it was this visual research lab, a place for alchemy to occur. When you look at photo magazines, for every enlarger ad, there’s a hundred camera ads. So that’s the focus, for the populace too, because many people like to take pictures and they don’t have darkrooms. That always was the emphasis for the whole industry. My analogy was a lot of photographers have many cameras and one enlarger and I have one camera and many enlargers. (I actually have more than one camera but I don’t have a lot.)


Painting felt threatened the minute photography was born. Yet later it was photography that liberated painters from the confines of realism. All of these restrictions and definitions are undergoing a process of disintegration. Technique and materials have been driving this relatively recent revolution too much, placing the emphasis on the wrong areas. Evolution is far too optimistic a word, but there has been a progression of vision. One would hope we could shift our concern to a history of vision and process, not a history of materials and technique.


The limits are up here. It’s not in the materials. It’s endless, the possibilities that exist out there for making marks with whatever you have. You name the system, it is wide open. The limits are truly in how people think about it. We’ve seen major, major changes in the world of art. It is only natural to accept that thinking is constantly challenged. It goes up and down, some things survive and some things don’t. It’s part of life’s rich pageant.


I maintain, and there have been a few books, that a part of the art scene is very much that work that has a poetic sensibility to it. I felt back in the fifties, even in the sixties, there was some effort to deal with poetic imagery. As we got into more politically correct art it was cast by the wayside.

Weston had this thing years ago, “When I was young you see, in my early thirties, I defined art as outer expression of inner growth. But I can’t define art any better today. My work has changed. It is not something to be learned apart, from books and rules. It is a living thing which depends on the whole participation. As we grow in life so we grow in art. Each of us in his own way.” Amen. Obviously that meant so much to me at one time that I memorized it. This modernist, romantic, poetic definition of art still works for me. I would modify it somewhat, but I still basically believe it.

Jerry Uelsmann’s web site

Bio of Jerry Uelsmann by John Paul Caponigro

Wikipedia entry on Jerry Uelsmann