What Keeps Me Motivated

As we come to a close on 2018, I wanted to share some thoughts on motivation. I was recently asked by a friend what my morning ritual was, and as I explained my daily habits, he asked: “what motivates you?” I had to pause and think carefully because many things came to mind, yet I wanted to share the deepest…

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Tom Hoffman On The Art of Conversation

Replace the word “painting” with “photograph” in the following excerpt from Tom Hoffman’s excellent painting book, and I think it becomes even more relevant in todays world of image saturation. ”A painting is a conversation. Both parties—the artist and the viewer—have roles to play. When one does all the talking, it leaves the other with nothing to do. Part of…

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Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism

Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction… I love this quote from journalist, author, and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell because it really does capture the approach I strive for in teaching, doing photo critiques, and working with students in general. In fact I'd say it's fundamental as a parent.  Coming alongside someone…

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Five Things I’m Enjoying Right Now

Health While I love coffee, I can’t drink it past 12pm otherwise I will pay the price with insomnia. But I love a warm drink especially during the winter months, so I turn to tea. One I discovered recently is Green Tea with Coconut by Harney & Son’s, a family—owned local tea supplier here in the Hudson Valley. It is…

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