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Seek First to Understand

May 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
When confronted with a difficult person, or when experiencing an interpersonal disconnect, one of my former bosses would often utter a Franklin Covey mantra, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Oh, how on-target this phrase is! We are often quick to judge the book by its cover without ever bothering read the many words printed within...
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Red-Caped Assassin: Behind the Scenes

January 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
I was working with my three most dependable models, and the stated theme of the photoshoot was "Charlie's Angels." I suggested that each model also bring an additional look that we could shoot after we finished with the primary concept, and they did. The results of each model's extra look were fantastic! Of the three extra concepts, the most uni...
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Denial of Death

December 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
We love to not think about, and even deny, the fragility of life and our mortality. To paraphrase author Ernest Becker, we don’t want to admit that, like other animals, our bodies are ultimately food for worms. He goes on to say that this self-awareness and our cognitive abilities make us like little gods who shit. Denying our mortality works great...
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Artistic Reality

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
These photos of Ashley are actually two modifications of the same original photo. Neither version accurately depicts the original reality. One image is been flipped horizontally, and the other has been converted to black & white with the red and orange channels desaturated. Which do you like better? Some "purist" photographers believe photos shoul...
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Dark Corners

November 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Not having much experience with goth subculture, I've long wondered about its appeal. Why embrace morbid fashion, white pasty skin, strange piercings, dark art, and the like? To make sweeping generalizations about goths would be foolish, but a recent quote from Anne Lamott shed a glimmer of light on this topic for me, and I think I now have a littl...
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