Category Archives: The Arts

Paradise  -  © John Neel

Photographic Responsibility

Money and ignorance are killing everything we love and everything we need to survive. In terms of how well the earth is taking our abuse, we have been nearing a point of no return for some time already. Man has treated the earth with disrespect – totally ignoring the environment that we need to live, for way too long. We must…Photography

Picnic Table - © John Neel
Snake - © John Neel

Making Photographs From What We Know

Photography is a relatively new art form. It has only been around for a bit over a century and a half. In the scheme of almost every other form of the arts, that is a very small amount of time. In many ways, photography owes itself to all the arts that came before it.

Dress in Window - © John Neel
Priest - © John Neel
Gorilla - © John Neel
Self - © John Neel

Breaking the Rules = Discovery

Creativity has very little to do with conformity. Breaking the rules allows us to develop ourselves more creatively. It is how we establish originality.

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

© Bill Yates

My Photography Friends – Bill Yates – Down Southern Roads

Fellow artist Bill Yates travels the roads of the South……The southern road seemed to beg your attention for what was just ahead. While there is plenty of this that can be seen in the rest of America, no place shows it like the south. No place else that I know shows its…

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…