Friday, February 14, 2020


Paul Caponigro's "Running White Deer"
Available at Photography West, Carmel, CA

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by famed photographer Paul Caponigro.  I am pleased to report that at 87 he is full of energy and spirit!

Paul is of that generation of “no nonsense,” tell-it-like-it-is, if you don't like it that's your problem, master photographers.  They have a solid perspective and heart-felt passion for their art, without being sappy or sentimental.

One important quality all these masters share is a connection to their subjects.  They want to express more than a mere pictorial representation.  They are telling us more about the world than meets the eye.

Paul is an accomplished pianist as well as photographer.  One point that he made in his lecture that rings true (though I never thought of it this way) is how music, through hearing, has a more direct emotional connection.  This is in contrast to our visual perception that must climb through a mountain of intellectual clutter before it can resonate emotionally.  Visually, our heads get in the way with preconceived notions, biases, opinions, and petty obsessions that seem to occupy a good part of our lives.  As visual artists, we must find a way through this clutter.

Think about that. 

(BTW, If you have an opportunity to attend a lecture by one of the masters, DO IT!  You will get insights and ideas that no book, blog, or YouTube video could ever provide.)

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