Masterworks In My Collection – Paul Caponigro – Apple, New York City, 1964

While this image is officially titled Apple, New York City, 1964 it’s often referred to in my father’s studio as ‘The Galaxy Apple’. Countless people’s first impression of this image is that they’re looking at a galaxy. That was mine. It was also Robert Glenn Ketchum’s, who was half way through his dissertation presentation, when he realized it wasn’t a photograph of a galaxy but of an apple. Even after you see the apple, the impression of a galaxy persists.
This is one of the photographs that got me into photography. I love that a literal transcription can also describe something more than itself. The power of metaphor is more powerfully expressed in this photograph than any other I can think of. What’s more, the way the metaphor unites both the terrestrial and the celestial – the macrocosm and the microcosm are seen as one. (I don’t think it’s an accident that my father’s first retrospective was titled The Wise Silence, a line borrowed from Ralph Waldo Emerson.)
The printing of this image reinforces the metaphor. It’s dark. So dark, in fact that in some places you can’t visually separate the contour of the apple from the dark background. Other printers might have held all the detail there was to hold in this negative. Unexpectedly, and wisely, dad didn’t. I have always appreciated my father’s consummate ability to transcend his technique and follow the call of his intuition. Rather than offering expected results he consistently delivers unexpected solutions, not for the sake of novelty or surprise, but because he was called to serve a more powerful inner poetry.
(There’s a lot to be learned from looking at originals, which is why we look at masterworks from my collection in all of my  digital printing workshops.)
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Green Action – Use Multi-Use Bags

Be more green!
You can make a difference today!
Make many small changes to make one big change!
And you’ll save a lot!
Take action now!
Here’s one idea
Choose to Reuse
12 million barrels of oil are needed
to make the more than 100 billion plastic single use grocery bags that are used in the US every year. An estimated 4 billion of these bags end up as litter each year,  If tied end to end these bags could stretch around the earth 63 times.  Recycling these plastic bags is costly and not economicaly ideal to many second generation markets. Sadly most of these recycled plastic bags end up being shipped to other countries with more lenient environmental laws to be incinerated.
It takes 98% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic compared to a pound of paper. Yet bags made from paper actually require 4 times more energy to produce, create more pollutants, and take up considerably more landfill space than plastic.
What should we do?
The answer lies in multi-use bags.
But be careful, not every reusable bag is the same.  Many bags imported from China have been printed with lead inks, others have been shown to harbor bacteria, mould and other organisms.
Cotton bags, molded plastic carry crates, and natural fiber baskets do the job well – IF you remember to bring them into the store! (Be sure to wash your reusable items regularly.)
Find more resources that will help you take action now here.
Find environmental organizations to support here.

19 Quotes On Travel

Throughout the ages mankind has know that travel can be a life-changing experience. Here are nineteen of my favorite quotes on travel that highlight both the external and the internal nature of the journey.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck
“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France
“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
“We do not even risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is throughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero’s path and where we had thought to find abomination, we shall find god……… Where we had thought to travel outward, we come to the center of our own existence, and where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all the world.” – Joseph Campbell
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Enjoy my free webinar The Art Of Travel / The Journey Is The Destination.