Thoughts

Rest in Peace, Maurice Eagle

Rest in Peace, Maurice Eagle

The photography world and the local Houston music scene lost a member.  Maurice Eagle had been battling colon cancer and succumbed to it on the morning of 23 March 2017.  After having moved from Austin to Houston, Maurice brought a unique perspective to photographing bars. When I first saw Maurice, it was just about a […]


Thou Doth Protest

Thou Doth Protest

Things get rather complicated when those who preach hate truly seem to believe they are doing it out of love for their fellow humans.  Such is the case with an insular group from Topeka, KS.  This group decided to visit Houston, TX to protest 2 locations – a transgender therapy clinic in the Montrose district […]


It (Was) World Photo Day!

It (Was) World Photo Day!

As legend would have it, the date for World Photo Day came about because it was on 19 Aug 1839 that the French government purchased the patent to the Daguerrotype process and announced that it was being given away to everyone for free.  It seems a good a reason as any to choose a date […]


Generalized Thought Patterns

Generalized Thought Patterns

(Un)fortunately, I lost (as in the relationship was destroyed) a family member last week over a disagreement over some words that were uttered by this person.  I felt the need to point out something  I felt was wrong with the statement made. I probably should have kept my mouth shut, but what’s done is done. […]


When It’s Not Your Best Side

When It's Not Your Best Side

Normally I would wait until I got home and had time to think about the images before I would even think of posting them.  This particular case, however, is one where I felt I needed to get it out.  I’m literally in my school’s lighting studio right now, posting this with my laptop on the […]


In the Moment

In the Moment

Right now I’m thinking about how I feel like I wasted some energy last night in trying to add to what is quickly becoming a bit of an opus for me. More on that project later, but the short of the long is that I don’t believe I thought through everything I was doing last […]


Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

It’s almost the end of the semester and I’m finding myself at the digital printing lab trying to finish up my project.  There’s another student with me, so at least I’m not lonely, but the stretch between these prints is rather long as it’s taking 15-20 minutes to print a 12″ x 18″ photo at […]


Forward, March!!

Forward, March!!

The Year 2014 is now upon us.  Each new year brings with it new possibilities and new chances to start fresh on things we would like to improve, either with ourselves or our environment.  It is important, however, to remember that from which we came. For me, I’ve come off a rather busy semester and […]


Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction… A Primer (of Sorts)

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction...  A Primer (of Sorts)

You may want to grab a drink before you proceed.  This is a concept I’ve been exploring for over a year, and I do have a lot to say. “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” is a text by Walter Benjamin that explores the loss of the aura of art in this age where […]


Self Portrait Update

Self Portrait Update

Sometimes it takes a little addition to get a little further in.  After almost 3 years, what is now guiding me on this journey? I don’t know what to make of this reveal. I can’t bring myself to delete it.


A Lesson from Minor White

A Lesson from Minor White

“All photographs are self-portraits.” – Minor White, LIFE Magazine article For Minor White that certainly was true.  His goal was to channel his connection to the subject and use that to help others see, if not what he saw, something beyond the mere image.  The facts of the image were not important, it was the […]


History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry – 27 Feb 13

History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry - 27 Feb 13

The professor crossed into another world today by bringing forth Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.  The theorem is actually 2 parts – the first states that no mathematical system can prove every truth about itself while the second states any system that can prove itself using its own logic will contain contradictory statements within that system.  It […]


History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry – 26 Feb 13

History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry - 26 Feb 13

Up to this point, I have only heard 1 dimension of Cartier-Bression’s “Decisive Moment.” The dimension revealed was that the photograph hinged on catching that particular moment that defined the image.  I was never aware that Cartier-Bresson wrote in-depth about this topic.  Admittedly, I never really looked into it until I had the excerpt from […]


History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry – 31 Jan 13

History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry - 31 Jan 13

It’s interesting how the title of this post is a palindrome of sorts.  Of course, the letters don’t reverse well, but that’s a technicality… The first 20 minutes of class was spent discussing the War/Photography exhibit at the MFAH.  It was prompted by the professor wanting to let us know that the exhibit is closing […]


History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry – 19 Jan 2013

History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry - 19 Jan 2013

The textbooks were ordered on Wednesday night, but at this point it looks like they’re not going to get here until the day after the next class.  This actually sucks, because I wanted to get looking at the material right away.  I guess at this point I’m going to have to wing it through the […]


History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry – 18 January 2013

History of Photography in the 20th Century Journal Entry - 18 January 2013

The first question on the first day of class, after all the syllabus discussions were finished, was simple.  What was the first picture we saw after waking up that morning?  It seems an innocuous question at first listen.  When one actually stops to think about it, however, it becomes one of those things that, unless […]


Foucault in Motion

Foucault in Motion

It’s all around in everyday life.  A little pressure is applied here and there and next thing that one realizes is that the choices that one thought he or she made were not really choices at all.  Of course, the choice to not follow through exists, but pressure to conform will eventually force one back […]


Death Metal and Photography

Death Metal and Photography

In 2006 I started a website called elemental-metal.com.  It was an online metal music magazine that I pretty much ran myself.  My earliest photography was of concerts to which I was getting photo passes.  I wasn’t very good with my camera at that point, but it reawakened the artist in me.  I had to stop […]


In Which I Articulate a Dream

In Which I Articulate a Dream

The dream I had during the assignment on creativity, creation, and creative still haunts me.  I felt the need to articulate it through my work in my Traditional Black and White Photography course.  This was not something into which I could tread lightly.   Dreams are powerful and this one, I think (for better or for […]


Revisiting My Memory

Revisiting My Memory

There seems to be so much going on in my mind right now that I can’t quite put a coherent concept together.  Little things keep bubbling up and taking charge.  I’m trying to get the bubbles to coalesce, and I have with a little success, but I have a ways to go here.  The structure […]


Over Thinking, Over Analyzing

Over Thinking, Over Analyzing

“Life is just pain and piss; it’s nothing that I will miss” – Wood Of Ypres, “Wet Leather” (2009) I get depressed when I hear lyrics like that.  As an artist, I love life.  It’s the feelings that you need to create art, and being alive is the only way art gets created.  There’s my […]


Composition

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and wild ones of all ages.  Step right up.  I welcome you to come right in…  inside the electric circus.”  – “The Big Welcome” – WASP (1986) As far as album introductions go, I personally think that’s one of the coolest I’ve ever heard.  It’s not your typical heavy […]


Well…

Well...

It’s only the 2nd day of class so I didn’t really learn anything I didn’t already know. But that’s ok, it gave me time to experiment a little in class and inspired me to experiment a little at home. I somehow always knew Cy Twombly’s art would influence me in some way.  I’m not talking […]


A Thought

I wrote this essay in 2008 as part of a one-off photo book I made as a gift for my grandmother. It was an expression of my definition of art. Here is the essay in its entirety: Art is what we make it. I’ve always believed that. I once had a conversation with someone who […]