seeing differently: 13th of 15

“… Do you know the primary difference between men and gods?”

“No, sir.”

“Gods don’t think they can become men.”

~The Given Day, Dennis Lehane


This image submitted for Robyn’s Seeing Differently challenge was found during a recent photo walk through an alley.

seeing differently: 12th of 15



A photographer, model, bystander…what were the various causal factors that created this moment in time?  Submitted in response to Robyn’s Seeing Differently challenge for October.

I hope you enjoy this video inspired by the photography book, Tao of Photography.

weekly photo challenge: local


Within the local Rocky Mountains, memories of my childhood slumber.  A drive from eastern Colorado to the western slope on Interstate 70 will awaken memories of Sunday drives over the Rockies’s treacherous passes made even more perilous with my parents in front speaking with each other and every so often to one of us four children in the back…in sign language…which requires, far way too many moments, eyes diverted from the narrow and curved roadways bordered by sudden falloffs that disappeared into deep valleys.   Yet, again and again my heart was captured and my anxiety abated by the beauty of nature forever changing within the movement of days and seasons.

seeing differently: 5th of 15

…The seemingly arbitrary cropping of figures by the picture’s edge, the unexpected shapes created by overlapping forms, the asymmetrical and centrifugal patterning, the juxtaposition of busy and empty masses–these qualities constitute a visual definition of what is meant, in large part, by the phrase ‘photographic seeing’.”

~Looking at Photographs, John Szarkowski


A Toddler’s World View…a Seeing Differently submission

seeing differently: 3rd of 15

For the third submission to Robin’s photo challenge, Seeing Differently, I decided to walk about the Colorado State University’s Flower Trial Garden with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon Macro 40 mm lens with an intention to look for repeating patterns.

The Flower Trial Garden sets aside about 20,000 square feet for planting annuals from late May through October.  This color-filled garden is located across the street from the University’s Center for the Arts and even though the garden is about research it does offer an inviting environment for both students and non-students, alike.

I find that my eye generally tends to favor black and white images: yet, the color version of the image seems more dramatic and gentle to the eye.  What are your thoughts?



street shadows

…in order to know we must trust our ancestors – trust them deeply. Spinoza points out the fact that our knowledge of parentage and the date of our birth is, in fact, what he calls ‘knowledge by hearsay’.*




The Bodhisattva’s Brain

Owen Flanagan