James with and without Roses

James does lighting for a living but he brings an even brighter light to his everyday life.

He’s gone through life changing experiences and always seeks the wisdom inside those moments of hardship.

Many thanks for his willingness to step into the shrubbery for this portrait and for his grace always.

Not sure what it is that draws me to this place, but the pictures made here have a feel to them I find intriguing and compelling.

Maybe it’s a feeling of emerging from a dark place to a lighter one.

Or, stepping out of entanglements, mental, emotional- patterns which trap us.

Maybe it’s the mystery. That thing just beyond knowing.

Part of me really wants to know but the artist part says – don’t know and that’s cool. Just keep going.

Maybe you have that feeling too sometimes.

Lovely roses thanks to Michelle of Blumgarten in Pilsen. @blumgartenco @blumgarten

Flash Print Sale

Flash Print Sale:

Please share with anyone who might resonate with this. (Thank you.) Here’s one of the images (on a contact sheet) I made up on Lake Superior from my most recent trip.

This location is about 10 hours from the city of Chicago and extremely quiet; The only sounds are the crashing of waves, the creaking of tree branches, and the subtle slipping of earthy clay underfoot as it gives way to erosion, a process exacerbated by climate change.

This pair of trees still stands tall at the edge of the cliff yet I know that quite likely they too will topple, claimed by the Lake.

I wonder at how we and the trees are alike, here for a time, our existence fragile and fleeting.

This land literally changes moment by moment. By the time I’m up there next time this landscape will look completely different.

When you purchase one of these prints you get a little moment of wild beauty, pure wilderness, and a reminder of our connection to the great wild spaces and the solace of solitude they offer amidst the hue and cry of every day life and work.

We must do what we can to protect these beautiful places. At the same time they remind us to attend gently into our own hearts and minds with quiet compassion and care.

Prints are available of this image in a flash sale for $100 each in support my ongoing work investigating the place of human beings as part of the web of inter- existence of all things, and about the cycles of life from birth to death.

Send me an email to purchase your print.

Deadline for this flash sale for this piece is Sunday, October 7.

All prints will be handmade on archival fiber 8×10 paper. Image size is 5 x 5.

Thanks so much for your consideration. Prints may be sent anywhere in the world. Shipping additional based on location.

Sky’s the Limit

Sometimes it’s just about trusting that impulse and making the frame work and letting go of whatever you thought you were doing.

When we can tune into the subtle impulses and sensations in the body and mind…we can make images that surprise.

It’s not about hunting but discovering.

Exhale- let go. What do you feel? Wait. What else?

What have discovered lately?

#yesandpictures

The Invention of Passing Time

The Invention of Passing Time
We can’t always escape to somewhere, step away physically from the noise and confusion and suffering, our own and that of those around us. 


BUT – we can always shift how are in relation to whatever is happening. 


We need not suffer in feeling disconnection. We are stardust, part of the beautiful oneness of all things. 


We are our self and also part of the vast everything. We are truly in this together.


We can pause to notice the beauty of the light on the wall. The softness of a line of shadow. The wonder of the fresh and fading flowers on a single stem.


The miracle of our own breath and the sun at such a precise distance from earth that creates and supports the conditions for life. Mine, yours, all beings. 


I invite you into this space of pausing, of awareness. Let’s be in it together shall we? Lay down our arguments large and small. Let’s imagine all those matters as possibly petty in an ultimate sense. We can always pick them up again later. 


Maybe we won’t feel so inclined to. Maybe we extend our awareness to the idea of love. 


Love for self. For others we love, we like, we fell neutral about, those who’ve harmed us. To all beings seeking happiness as we do. 


Breathing together. May be happy, strong, peaceful and live with greater ease. 


One breath is all it takes to start. 


Please share if you feel so moved.

Thank you.

Ordinary Objects We Don’t Need 

Ordinary Objects We Don’t Need 

I know we’re used to these items. But really – do we NEED them? What the carbon footprint of all those toilet paper roll holders? WTF are they made from? And what’s the impact on the environment of all of them? 


And I know many people might say, what is she in about? But it’s precisely these little unconscious things that slip invisibly through our lives that all add up. Much the way someone struggling to make a budget might complain they have no money and not realize they’re blowing $100 on coffee to go because each work day they buy a $5 coffee beverage on the way to work.