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The History of the Camera Obscura

The History of the Camera Obscura

Black Gallery: Dark Room by Terry Cunniff, Bill Thomas & John Trefethen When a small hole is made in the wall of a dark room, an inverted image of the scene outside the window appears on the opposite wall of the room. This phenomena appears to have been known to the Chinese as early as […]

Inspiration is overrated. Instead of waiting around for the ideal conditions, try this:

Inspiration is overrated. Instead of waiting around for the ideal conditions, try this:

As a teacher and artist, I’ve come across the notion of creative block, writers block, painters block–whatever you call it. My students would often say, I don’t have any new ideas. I don’t know what to work on next. My studio is such a mess, I need a cleaning day. I’ve spoken to artist friends […]

My Early Explorations in Photography

My Early Explorations in Photography

At an early age I was introduced to photography by my father. I can remember sitting (crawling around really) in the darkness of our spare bathroom where dad would work for hours making “color enlargements.” He also gifted me my first camera, a Nikon F something. I’d walk around pointing that thing everywhere, If only […]

The Sale of a Print

The Sale of a Print

Currently on display is my Picture Spot Series at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton. Just the other day I was notified that one of my prints sold. As an artist, I often work on ideas in the solitude of my mind, playing out these ideas over and over again in attempt to bring to the tangible […]

Work Envisioned—Work Realized

Work Envisioned—Work Realized

I recently earned the privilege of showing a new body of work at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center. The work is not the traditional style of work exhibited in this space. By this, I simply mean, it’s not the type of work that sells and it takes a certain mindset to ‘get it.’ There’s […]

Giving Chris Brogan’s Advice a Shot

How to Get More Done: A Recipe For the next 7 days (Tues­day through Mon­day next), I want you to try this rit­u­al as close to the details below as you can. Shoot for all seven days con­sis­tent­ly, as it doesn’t help if you start-and-stop. Ready? Ingre­di­ents: No screens or radio after 9pm. No phone […]

Confrontations: Artists and the Visual World

Confrontations: Artists and the Visual World

November 7 through December 15, 2012 Artists’ Reception: Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The artists will be available during the reception for an informal “Artists’ Talk”. This exhibit explores the contentious relationship between man and nature, specifically, our use and misuse of it and the detritus that results.  The marks and artifacts that remain […]

The Sound of Language

The Sound of Language

Train to Münich (Munchen Hbf) — Language is such an amazing thing. Put more accurately, language sounds beautiful when spoken and not understood. When the language being spoken is understood, what is being communicated becomes the focus. When not understood, one hears only the sounds created by the words being said. I currently sit here […]

Why do you roast your own coffee?

Why do you roast your own coffee?

That’s a good question. The number one reason I roast is because I enjoy it. But I am into this kind of stuff. I grow my own food too. I tie my own flies and make my own fishing lures as well. Just recently I started investigating what it would take to keep my own […]

It’s a Matter of Scale and Perspective

It's a Matter of Scale and Perspective

Sometimes just changing ones perspective is all it takes. Laying down on the ground and shooting up towards your subject will render the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Instead of shooting from eye level, or down at your subject, try shooting up. You’ll find that this worm’s eye view can add strength to your portraits, […]