Sean Duggan

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Sean Duggan

Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, and educator. He is a co-author of Real World Digital Photography and The Creative Digital Darkroom, and he writes for Photoshop User magazine. Equally at home with both low-tech and hi-tech approaches, his visual tool kit includes a wide range of imaging tools, including wooden pinhole and plastic toy cameras that use medium format film, an Apple iPhone, full-frame digital SLRs, and advanced digital darkroom techniques.

Through his writing and teaching, he has been helping photographers master digital photography and digital darkroom techniques since 1997. His core philosophy is to help people see the image possibilities in any situation, to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to seek out uniquely personal ways of interpreting a scene, both with the camera and in the digital darkroom. He leads workshops at venues across the country and he also offers customized consulting and training in northern California and online
consulting sessions on digital photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and digital workflow issues.

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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors ofperception.
Aldous Huxley

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it
Anais Nin

Surely there have been travelers who traveled solely for the sake of the dreams to be found on strange pillows in strange lands.
Rebecca Solnit, A Book of Migrations

The illusion of knowledge is more detrimental to growth than ignorance, because once you think you know something, the questioning stops.
Jerry Uelsmann

But I can hear the music so much better in my head than I can get out of my fingers.
A young David Bayles, in conversation with his piano teacher.

What makes you think that ever changes?
The piano teacher (from Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland).

Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
Duane Michals

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Ansel Adams

I'm more interested in what I discover than what I invent.
Paul Simon

The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.
John Fowles

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
Ursula K. LeGuin

You can never learn less. You can only learn more.
R. Buckminster Fuller

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.
Rebecca Solnit

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Annie Dillard

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

Sometimes it seems to me that time and memory are laid out in a secret geography that can never be mapped directly.
Rebecca Solnit A Book of Migrations