Category Archives: Creativity

Mandala - © John Neel

A PHOTOGRAPHIC MANDALA IS A BEAUTIFUL THING

  Mandala – A geometric figure representing the universe in Hinduism and Buddhist symbolism.   As a kid, I used to love to see the world as reflected through a toy kaleidoscope. In…

Teepee - © John Neel  Pinhole

Only months away – April 27, 2014 is WPPD

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is a single day in April where everyone on the planet is invited to make pinhole photographs. Planning for it and building cameras helps me get through the winter months.

Man Walking - © John Neel

Focusing is an art, especially in photography.

In my way of thinking, focus implies a sense of subject. Focus is the “what” of an image. It is what you want the viewer to …

Strand, Under The dark Cloth - Screen shot

Inspiration – Paul Strand – Under The Dark Cloth

Video – Paul Strand – Under The Dark Cloth………”To be a photographer you must have something to say about the world.” – Paul Strand

Trash - © John Neel

It’s a fool’s paradise. Finding true nature is getting tough.

A photograph can purposely leave things out. Depending on the intent, photographs only shows us what the maker wants us to see. They are purposefully selective. We want to believe that the scenes are full circle, similar to what is outside the frame, factual and as environmentally pristine as they seem magnificent.

Oscar Bailey with his Cirkuit Camera Penland NC 1980

I knew Oscar Bailey – He was my teacher

Oscar was the first to open my eyes to photography, the related arts and to many great photographers. He also promoted the idea of play…

Roadway in Snow - © John Neel  - Slit Scan Video Still

Slit Time Video – Capturing time in a wedge of light

The slit scans here were created from a.……… While many cameras these days can produce a panorama simply by moving the camera through an arc, an actual slit scan produces a very different kind of image.

Traffic - © John Neel

Sound, Silence and Seeing – A conscientious consideration of photography

The modern world moves at a variety of frequencies, which blend together into what might be called.… Everywhere, there are the artifacts of human technology and so-called advancement. The old and the new get layered into a maze of wires, signs, buildings, concrete, roadways…Photography is…

Water Bottles - © John Neel
A and E - © John Neel

Thinking Out Loud – Cliché

“Ultimately, it is the photographer who needs to recognize the potential of a particular moment. It is his or her responsibility to avoid typical representations and the likelihood of producing uninspired and unimaginative photographic likeness. … ” – Read more…