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Professional photographic artist, author and speaker working primarily in the Western US.
When the artist takes any object of Nature, the object no longer belongs to Nature; indeed, we can say that the artist creates the object in that moment, by extracting from it all that is significant, characteristic, interesting, or rather by putting into it a higher value. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Most creative photographs are departures from reality and it seems to take a higher order of craft to make this departure than to simulate reality. ~ Ansel Adams
Nearly 40 years before the invention of photography, philosopher Immanuel Kant presciently confronted what would later become one of the most contentious questions haunting photography as a medium for art: