New Book: Insights From the Creative Path – Find Meaning, Fulfill Your Vision

final-cover-3dI’m really excited to announce that my new book “Insights from the Creative Path: Find Meaning, Fulfill Your Vision” is finally out!

It’s a continuation of my first book, Insights from Beyond the Lens, where I take you further along the creative journey I’ve experienced as a landscape photographer. While it does offer some technical information, it’s more about the why than the how. That’s a question that is lacking in today’s world of photography, but can unlock so much of your creative potential.

It’s a book I’ve been working on for the past two years and composed mainly of blog posts I’ve written here. I didn’t just copy the articles, however, but re-wrote many of them, and organized them into themes to create a better narrative about the things I’m most passionate about; creativity, inspiration, and vision. It’s also about how you can start to apply those themes in the field.

In many ways it’s a book about more than just photography, it’s my attempt to distill what it means to integrate creativity into your life without division or separation. It’s a mindset that enables you to expand your vision regardless of whether you have a camera in your hand or not. In that sense, I hope it appeals not only to nature photographers, but anyone who wants to explore the creative path.

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The book is available here on this website in PDF, Mobi, and iBooks formats, and also on Amazon.com.

BONUS

Buy the book on this site and also receive as a bonus – 3 Creative Guide Companion Guides that give you more resources to develop the most creative life possible.

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I’m really excited about this book, and while sales are encouraging and helpful, my real goal is help you live a more fulfilled, creative life. If you’re passionate about photography or art in general, then creating meaningful work is really all that matters.

Thanks for your support and for continuing to motivate me to share my thoughts and ideas here on the blog.

Get Your Copy and the Bonus Guides Here

Book Preview: Insights from the Creative Path

final-cover-3dI’m happy to announce that my new book “Insights from the Creative Path: Find Meaning, Fulfill Your Vision” will be launching on April 14th.

It’ll be available in multiple formats and hopefully as a hard copy in the near future. I’m really excited about this book and how it can help you become a better photographer and creative artist.

A book is useless unless you act on the ideas presented, so I want to offer a few extra’s for those who join my newsletter.

From now until launch on April 14th, join the pre-launch list and get:

  • an invitation to a Q+A webinar in April
  • Creative Path Companion Guides and worksheets that will help you instill more creativity in your life.
  • Free preview of the first 20 pages
Join the list and get the free preview.

 

 

I appreciate all of the support and feedback I’ve received here from you, and look forward to helping you further along your Creative Path.

What I’m Reading This Month

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“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” ~Chinese Proverb

Part of keeping the creative juices flowing is being deliberate about cultivating creativity, which I’ve written about here at length before. While there are many ways to do this, one of my favorites is reading books and interesting blogs. Given how technology makes it so easy to read, whether from a tablet, Kindle, phone, or real book, there’s no real excuse not to engage in something that interests you wherever you are.

I’m constantly looking for old and new books to provide ideas, inspiration, and insights that help with all of the different parts of my life. Here’s what I’m reading this month!

  • Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky – a great read on productivity, and how to capture and execute your creative ideas with focus and clarity. For anyone who suffers from idea overload (like I do), this book provides guidance and case studies from artists, companies, and others who make their ideas happen. Consider this equation: Creativity + Organization = Impact. That explains why some “less-creative” artists seem to build successful careers more often, and why execution is more important than inspiration.
  • Letting Go of the Camera by Brooks Jensen – more than just another “how-to” book, this collection of essays by Brooks Jensen gets at the heart of what photography is all about. “If you want to become a better photographer, become a more practiced observer and then get out of your way.” Learn to “see” what really matters in photography, and how to grow beyond a dependence on technology.
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Think you can’t draw? Think again – this book dispels the myth that only those with a natural talent for drawing and creativity can be artistic. We’re all inherently creative from birth, and as Picasso famously said, the challenge is remaining creative as adults. This books teaches anyone to draw, and in the process tap into their natural creative abilities in all parts of life.

Where do I find out about books to read? One great source is my favorite blog – Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings, which is amazing in its breath and scope. Reading and writing about any and all subjects that help enrich our lives, Maria delivers insights into creativity, philosophy, art, writing, science, and many other topics. She describes it as “a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why.”

No, it’s not a photography blog, but I get more value from it as a photographer and teacher than any other website I know of. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Storm King Mountain and the Environmental Movement

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One of the driving forces behind my work as a landscape photographer is conservation and my commitment to the environment and nature in general. In a strange twist of fate (or just plain luck), my wife and I decided to settle down in Beacon, New York 17 years ago. What’s that have to do with conservation? My home is literally 3 miles away from Storm King Mountain, the iconic landmark that has come to symbolize the modern environmental movement. I’ve had a fascination with Storm King Mtn ever since I first saw it 25 years ago, and have photographed it more than any other landform in the area.

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Power on the Hudson: Storm King Mountain and the Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism

A new book by Robert D Lifset, an associate professor at Oklahoma University of Oklahoma, tells the story of how Storm King Mtn was almost cut in half in order to build a hydroelectric plant in the 60s. It also details how a small group of activists successfully saved the mountain, and became Scenic Hudson, the leading environmental non-profit in the region. I’m also extremely proud that one of my images was chosen for the cover. Titled “Breakneck Ridge”, I shot it years ago on one of my regular hikes in the area.

Many have asked me why I did not “Photoshop” the boat out of the image, or wait until it had passed. In fact, I did wait, and made another image. But in the end. I chose this one as the strongest version of what I felt and experienced that evening. This is an extremely busy area, with major airports nearby, lots of boat traffic, and only 50 miles north of NYC. While I celebrate the beauty of nature, it is this beauty within a very industrialized area that makes it even more special for me. And so the boat represents our presence in nature, and our immense ability to make a difference, for bad and good.

If you want to learn more about conservation, this is a great book to get started with, especially if you are familiar with the Hudson Valley.

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