On the edge shooting

way down there


The former Tart of the Arts aka Richard North and his assorted “personalities” recently posted about not having a fancy camera and having to save for one in order to get better photographs. Well, in an effort to encourage the Tart and everyone else thinking they’re stuck in a bog because they can’t afford high dollar digital camera toys I offer you the mentality of one photographer–Ken Rockwell. According to Rockwell the camera is not the most important part of the equation–it’s US and what  we do with whatever camera tool/toy we’ve got.  Rockwell says this better than moi so check out his absolutely no-nonsense thinking —> http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/notcamera.htm

Yes, ENCOURAGE your own creativity!

 Oh and as usual, I shot “way down there” with a Minolta x 700–yeah, that’s film. If you’re interested, Rockwell has a few words to say about my tool/toy of choice that might be of some interest.

Yep, this is from Scottsbluff, Nebraska.


  1. blackwatertown said,

    September 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    That’s an odd and strangely compelling picture.

    • September 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      Why thank you, blackwatertown. Hello. Nice to meet you. Thanks for leaving some tracks to your blogcasa.
      Does it make you dizzy?

  2. September 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    It’s totally true, some of my fav photos are shot on a phone. I agree, your photo reminds me of your drawings. Uummm. 😉

    • September 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      Hey Fundamental –how’s the Jelly shaking? Yep, Rockwell’s take on cameras and photography is a relief amidst the buy all the NEW toys NOW clamor.
      More seriously–thanks for noting the connection between my photographs and ‘drawings’–clearly my ‘sights’ are from the same focus.
      Btw, is your jelly standard Grape or ???

  3. echostains said,

    September 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Great shot! The eye is everything:)

  4. September 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    LOL–you are a wonderful bunch indeed. Thanks for all your compliments. I’m glad Rockwell agrees with your sensibilities–not much surprised considering all your individual efforts. Hey, slpmartin, you missing Nebraska?
    Grins everyone! Yep, I’m trying to touch bases while running out of time! LOL.

  5. artistatexit0 said,

    September 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I like the photo and agree with much of what Ken Rockwell had to say. His observations about cameras also applies to other art tools. I know people who have spent hundreds of dollars on fancy paint brushes, but can’t create a compelling image.

    • September 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Ahh now there’s an interesting word choice, Al–“compelling”–yes, there is much that is technically wonderful and yet fails to engage on any level despire all the fancy horns and whistlles. I am also noting that this comment comes from an Artist who works with trashed styrofoam and creates wonderful adventures with all sorts of objects found along a river in Ohio. Imaginative creativity seems to be vital ingredient for compelling.

  6. September 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    it’s a wonderful photo by the way, and reminds me of your paintings 🙂

    • September 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Kirsty–and am glad that the photograph my other art mediums are in sync. I think that’s a positive sign. Grins.

  7. September 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This is sooooo true. Part of the art of photography is working within the limits of your equipment (and all equipment has it limits). Interestingly, there is a recent movement among you people back to film cameras. They are also in love with typewriters, hand written letters and vinyl records. Flaws are beautiful!

    • September 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Flaws are beautiful–hmm. I’m not sure the older items are flawed at all. Time and time again on KKFI I hear people talking about the superior sound quality of vinyl for certain elements of music. There is someting to be said for the tactile engagement with ‘hard copy’ means of production. Yes, all equipment has limits–but our imaginations do not.
      Safe ‘flying’!

  8. slpmartin said,

    September 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Hey…I know Scottsbluff, Nebraska…for a few years I lived in NE…that’s where I saw the first staging of the play Black Elk Speaks…the story still haunts me.

    • September 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      Hi again, slpmartin. I recall you mentioning time spent in Nebraska. Have you read the Black Elk Speaks book?
      You may have stood–or perhaps been more cautious than to stand extacly where I was for this photo–at least somewhere for the same view as this. Now that’s an thought! LOL. How we can step into each other’s shoes for a few moments….

  9. bigsurkate said,

    September 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Great shot, Eva. I love reading Ken Rockwell’s points on photography.

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