Category: daybook

February 5, 2018

You are a creative, a photographer, a writer, a producer of content. My thought is this:

Last night I photographed a local event where a lot of really cool things happened. Women gathered and over the course of three days, learned to play instruments, write a song, rehearse, and put on a live concert.

I met and photographed a lot of great people, unique characters, tender moments, and really, high points in people’s lives.

Let’s use that scenario as a setup to my thought.

As I was editing the photographs, I found myself saving several photographs of certain moments (even though there was always a clear “best” shot). I also found myself saving mediocre photos because they might have been the only one I had of a certain person I met. I was saving those mediocre photos not to ever show anyone, but in case I might someday cross paths with these people again.

My thought is this – when editing photographs I should be thinking, Is this photograph worthy of having my name under it?

In other words, and less narcissistic, I should only be showing work that is excellent.

But the thought, Is this photograph good enough that I will put my name under it, seems like it could be a clarifying rule for editing.

Most photographers mentally attach their name to every photo they take. My thought with this entry is that I will reserve that designation until the editing phase, at which point many and most of the photographs I take will never receive my name on them. They will be destroyed in an effort to keep my body of work as strong as my abilities will allow.

In continuing to edit my archive of decades of photographs, it is apparent that my work,

Enough about me and my work. Use this for yourself.

This thing I’ve just created. Is is excellent? And if not, why would I ever put my name on it? Why would I ever release it into the public?

Nike (I know, I hate Nike).

Vans doesn’t release every new shoe design they come up with on a daily basis. To myself in year’s past: Why do you post every photo, every attempt at greatness, that you make?

It’s now part of my editing process – the question: Is this photograph good enough to have my name under it?

January 31, 2018

I stopped in on a photo exhibit the other day. Amazing portraits done in some sensitive situations. One thing missing: the photographer’s name.

Later today there’s an event for the exhibition. In the event announcement on the venue’s blog? No mention of the photographer’s name.

And here in my writing, something missing because out of my control: the photographer’s name.

A travesty.


January 30, 2018

You need to take on projects that are

It’s become

Big projects. Taking on large tasks. That is where I have ended up. Do something every day for a year. Completely remodel the web presence, removing (deleting) content that is weak. Adding content that is strong.

Every day I am posting photographs from the past thirty years of that day. Which means I’ve got to edit at least thirty days of photographs daily. The January edit is complete, the posts soon to be live.

Biggest lesson in all of this, one month in, is to walk away when it stops being fun.


The most beautiful thing one of our children’s teachers said to us the other day, “We want our children to thrive.”

Yes. Anything that gets in the way of that will be eliminated ignored.


I watched the film Faces Places yesterday. If you give in to this film, and are lucky, you will be brought to the verge of tears by the beauty of everyday humanity and a love of creativity. Such goodness in this film.


Photos from January 30th

January 16, 2018

If my wife’s job went like mine today, she would have spent most of her day teaching to an empty classroom. Teaching – like still giving the lessons that she’d prepared – to empty seats. She would have been talking all day, with no audience.

Soul crushing.

January 3, 2018

Thinking a lot about an offhand comment someone made about templating making things all look the same. The trade-off is productivity. Templates save a lot of time. But true, you need to use the saved time to continually refine and improve the template, and develop the next version.

My version – build a template or workflow and immediately begin producing product.

The alternative – talk a lot.


Sad to see a bunch of design work I did last year go unused today in a huge news story. And the response when I point out that it could still be used was, “see what we can do.”

Didn’t I just barely resolve to stay positive?

How do you, in a positive way, address a mistake, or point out an improvement?

The answer can’t be to swallow your concerns/ideas and not say a word, even when you’re on vacation all week and aren’t necessarily interested in logging in to fix something.

How do you say nothing when your work is thrown on the floor and ignored? You really shouldn’t. The realization is that more and more, um, that’s about all I’m going to type right here…


Thinking of moving everything back to a WP multisite config. Maybe.


I also started thinking about this year’s UNPA contest. Never mind that we still haven’t announced last year’s winners. Never mind that last year was full of drama. Never mind that I had planned to follow a friend’s advice to walk away from the gig and not “take that kind of sh*t from anybody…”

I was thinking this morning that, in my 2018 positivity, it would be easy to stick with it and put together a crazy cool photojournalism competition where everything from entry to judging was transparent.

I’m always about to walk away or run a marathon.

Hard to give up 17 years of tradition that recognizes the best work in the state.


My sister says I need to post more. That I need to write more. That at some point I retreated inward and stopped sharing.


Zine #4 just about done for fovi8. Join us at

We are building a community of photographers, and photos uploaded in December will be considered for zine #5.

November 22, 2017

changing things up a bit here in prep for next year’s blog.

there is going to be more content and three main areas I’m focusing on:

the work (my photography) – photojournalism, gifs, polygamy, outtakes

media – a running tally of the media I’m taking in, rated.

core – daybook, screenshots, video

if you just want the photography, this is the RSS: feed:

if you want to follow everything via RSS:


Happy Thanksgiving.

November 15, 2017

The Daily, 3
Intercepted – the distraction in chief, 4
Bill Simmons Ta-Nehisi Coates on the NBA’s Popularity and Issues Plaguing the NFL, 4
On The Media Rebecca Traister Says ‘the Anger Window’ Is Open, 3
Joe Rogan 1039 JRE #1039 – ILIZA SHLESINGER, 4
A Small Voice 066 – Sian Davey
‘Times’ Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story : Fresh Air
, 4

Suntan, 3

The Day I Met El Chapo, 4