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Uncanny Ability

November 14, 2021 - Photograph of Dead Matador Manuel Granero (1922) With the writer Ernest Hemingway, what is left unsaid on the page is a...
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Rootedness

October 14, 2021 - "Nooks Hill Road Underpass in Fall" by Eric Rennie One of my long-standing projects as a landscape photographer is to s...
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Taking Our Minds Off Our Existence

September 19, 2021 - "The I Is Not an Object" by Eric Rennie We can only exist by taking our minds off the fact we exist. — Thomas Bernhard...
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Color

July 19, 2021 - "To Wither into the Truth" by Eric Rennie My photograph, "To Wither into the Truth," appears in an online exhibit entit...
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Blooms Twice in June

June 15, 2021 - "Witches Cauldron" by Eric Rennie “A flower blossoms for its own joy,” Oscar Wilde once wrote. This remark came in a le...
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Be Astonished

May 14, 2021 - "Pas de Deux" by Eric Rennie The Buddha, like Socrates and Jesus of Nazareth, left behind no writings of his own, which...
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The Only Known Photograph of God

April 14, 2021 - "Sky Hook" by Thomas Merton Trappist monks follow a rule of silence when they enter the monastery, but there is nothing...
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Vesper Light

February 14, 2021 - "Vesper Light" by Eric Rennie Medieval monks sanctified time by setting aside specified periods during the day for pray...
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Newness of Life

January 14, 2021 - "Behold, I make all things new." (Rev. 21:5) I am old. Once you get to be my age, there is no denying it, unless you ar...
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Portals

December 14, 2020 - "Alex Among the Lilliputians" by Eric Rennie This photograph is one of 41 images selected by writer and curator Elizabe...
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Nostalgia

November 09, 2020 - "P-Town Trolley" by Eric Rennie My photograph, "P-Town Trolley," is on exhibit this month at a juried competition calle...
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A Flower Blossoms for Its Own Joy

October 14, 2020 - "Illuminated Lilly 3" by Eric Rennie Ask a botanist why flowers bloom, and you are likely to get a long-winded answer...
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Small Miracles

June 14, 2020 - "Conflagration" by Eric Rennie In a sermon preached at St. Jude on the Hill Church in London in 1942, the Christian fab...
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Walkabout

May 14, 2020 - "Nooks Hill Road at First Light" by Eric Rennie My photograph, "Nooks Hill Road at First Light," is one of 40 images se...
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Mind's Eye

April 14, 2020 - The photo at left above was taken with a hand-held camera near sunrise from a hotel window in downtown Boston several ye...
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Discovery

February 14, 2020 - Penicillium Chrysogenum Fungus Culture On a recent anniversary of Scottish bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming’s dis...
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Empty Spaces : Abandoned Places

January 24, 2020 - "Cotton Hollow" by Eric Rennie My photograph, "Cotton Hollow," is one of 50 images appearing in a national juried compe...
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Hidden in Plain Sight

January 14, 2020 - "Rose Mandala" by Eric Rennie I have to confess I never paid much attention to flowers until I began photographing them...
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A Whiter White

December 14, 2019 - Winter scene as if viewed through cataracts (above left) versus how it would normally appear (right). Some years ago m...
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Attention on Eternity

November 14, 2019 - "Illuminated Tiger Lily Duo 7" by Eric Rennie “Something is wrong, I know it, if I don’t keep my attention on eternity.
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Single Vision

September 30, 2019 - We see the world as if we were looking through the lens of a camera. In the viewfinder of the digital camera I use for m...
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His Own Small World

August 30, 2019 - Image, right, from Michael Paul Smith's "Elgin Park" series, with setup shot at left People my age read obituaries to k...
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God by the Numbers

August 13, 2019 - "Illuminated Queen Anne's Lace 2" by Eric Rennie For those of us who never got past introductory calculus, the idea tha...
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Field Work: Landscape and Architecture

July 12, 2019 - "Nooks Hill Road at First Light" by Eric Rennie Someone once said you should measure your productivity as an artist by...
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Nor'Easter

June 28, 2019 - "Milking Room" by Eric Rennie The photograph above appears in "Nor'Easter: The 49th Annual Juried Exhibition" at the Ne...
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Intentional Spaces

June 14, 2019 - "Alex among the Lilliputians" by Eric Rennie My photograh above is one of 34 images selected by arts organization direc...
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INPHA 6

May 31, 2019 - Two of my short essays on photography are reprinted in the sixth Manifest International Photography Annual, published by...
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To Catch the Wind

May 14, 2019 - From Rachel Cobb's " Mistral" Series Not long ago my wife and I attended the opening of a solo show by photojournalist...
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Painting the Roses Red

April 14, 2019 - HMS Titanic in Southampton (!912), Photographer Unknown Colorized by Marina Amaral What is wrong with this picture? Th...
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Aubade

March 31, 2019 - "Greenhouses at Dawn" by Eric Rennie During a fraught period in my life many years ago, I got into the habit of listeni...
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Look, See

February 28, 2019 - "Illuminated Daisy" by Eric Rennie “Wisdom does not inspect, but behold,” Thoreau wrote. “We must look a long time befo...
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Wet

January 31, 2019 - "Harbor Park in Fog 5" by Eric Rennie Sometimes it pays to go rummaging around in my old photo files. This image was ta...
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Moments of Being

January 04, 2019 - "Illuminated Rope 2" By Eric Rennie I was out for a walk recently when I came across a crumpled piece of rope lying in...
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Earthrise

December 23, 2018 - "Earthrise" Taken by Apollo 8 Crew, Christmas Eve, 1968 Fifty years ago we got our first view of this planet from outer...
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All the World Is Birthday Cake

December 11, 2018 - It's all too much for me to take The love that's shining all around here All the world is birthday cake So take a pie...
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Chiaroscuro

November 21, 2018 - "Asphalt Storage Tanks" by Eric Rennie My SLR cameras have automatic controls that make it possible to operate them lik...
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True Colors

October 31, 2018 - Page from Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours A bird-watcher I know complains about wildlife photographers who can’t resis...
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Blackout

October 14, 2018 - My photograph, "Clown God," above right, has been accepted in a national juried competition called "Blackout" at the Ash...
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Trees

September 14, 2018 - "Trees" by Eric Rennie My photograph, "Fallen," was taken in 2014, several years after an early winter storm felled man...
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Landscapes & Seascapes

August 31, 2018 - Two of my photographs are included in a juried competition called "Landscapes and Seascapes" at the 311 Gallery in Ralei...
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Magic Lanterns

August 14, 2018 - "Bondhusbreen and Brufossen" by Samuel J. Beckett (ca. 1890-1915) Long before Powerpoint or modern slide projectors, th...
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Up Before Dawn

July 12, 2018 - "Up Before Dawn 9" by Eric Rennie Those of you planning to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer may wish to drop...
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Orientation

June 14, 2018 - NASA "Blue Marble" Shot (1972) by Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt The physicist Fred Hoyle predicted in 1948 that o...
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God Is Light

May 14, 2018 - "Illuminated Lily 3" by Eric Rennie Was it Cezanne who said, “God is light,” and went South to paint? Or was it someo...
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This American Landscape

April 30, 2018 - "Cotton Hollow" by Eric Rennie If you go walking in any old New England cemetery, you will see many tombstones are so...
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Man and Beast

February 28, 2018 - "Man and Beast" by Eric Rennie This may be the only photograph I have ever exhibited that was taken with a telephoto le...
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Photographic Memory

January 25, 2018 - Portrait of Susan Sontag by Peter Hujer Death is a photograph. -- Susan Sontag Cultural critic Susan Sontag had mostl...
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A Face in the Crowd

December 14, 2017 - I find it more than a little creepy when I am asked to identify by name the friends and relatives whose photos turn up o...
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Flower Power

October 09, 2017 - "Illuminated Tiger Lilly 2" and "Illuminated Hydrangea" by Eric Rennie Two of my images have been selected for a juried...
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A Brief Look at Life

September 14, 2017 - Debut Issue of LIfe Magazine If you are an aspiring writer, you look to your favorite authors for inspiration. But wher...
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Small Wonder

September 01, 2017 - "Flea" in Robert Hooke's Micrographia In 1665, the year before the Great Fire in London, the polymath Robert Hooke publ...
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Scenic Overlook

July 31, 2017 - Lone Cypress Tree, Pebble Beach, California On a trip to northern California some years ago, my wife and I took a spin...
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In Focus

June 30, 2017 - Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. -- Walker Evans I was rinsing out a glass mixing bowl in the kitch...
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Ephemera

June 14, 2017 - Ephemera – pl. n., things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time. Whereas many companies advertise the...
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Muchness

May 31, 2017 - "Pepper No. 30" (1930) and "Nude" (1936) by Edward Weston Around the time I began taking pictures in earnest, I saw a t...
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Take a Commonplace

May 31, 2017 - "Teakettle" by Eric Rennie "Take a commonplace,” wrote Jean Cocteau, “clean it and polish it, light it so that it produ...
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Love at First Sight

May 14, 2017 - "Phragmites 3" by Eric Rennie My work is loving the world. So wrote Mary Oliver in the opening line of her poem, “The M...
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The Infinite in the Finite

April 30, 2017 - Hollywood star Douglas Fairbanks selling war bonds in New York City, 1918 In a video essay for the PBS Newshour, noveli...
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Time and Tides

April 14, 2017 - "Mattabesset Spring 2016" by Eric Rennie What you see is what you get. -- Annie Dillard “I cannot cause light; the...
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Wetlands 2017

March 31, 2017 - In Deadman's Swamp by Eric Rennie For more than 10 years I have been taking pictures in Dead Man’s Swamp, the largest f...
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The Company I Keep

March 14, 2017 - When my work appears in a gallery or museum exhibition, I like to check out the other submissions to see what kind of co...
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Cityscape

February 28, 2017 - "Dark Canyon" by Eric Rennie Good shots are where you find them, and this one was waiting for me outside the upper-stor...
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Identity

February 14, 2017 - "Aunt Mildred's Favorite Chair" by Eric Rennie The image above is one of ten selected for a juried competition entitled...
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The Observer Effect

January 31, 2017 - "Aunt Mildred's 106th Birthday Party" by Eric Rennie If you want to make someone feel self-conscious, just point a came...
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Snow & Ice in L.A.

January 25, 2017 - "Iced Over" by Eric Rennie SNOW & ICE IN L.A. -- My photograph "Iced Over," taken soon after sunrise several years ago...
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Fog

January 05, 2017 - "Two Boats on a Foggy Morning" by Eric Rennie My photograph entitled "Two Boats on a Foggy Morning" is one of 35 images...
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The Ordinary Made Extraordinary

December 31, 2016 - "Attic Treasures" by Eric Rennie My photo "Attic Treasures" is one of 35 images selected by photographer Kate Breakey f...
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In Stillness

December 07, 2016 - "Aunt Mildred's Bureau" by Eric Rennie Still lifes are a common theme in juried competitions, including an exhibition c...
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Work Flow

November 30, 2016 - "Fallen" by Eric Rennie My photograph above is among 24 images selected for a juried competition called Framed: Shadow...
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I Am a Camera

November 14, 2016 - "Garbage Bin" by Eric Rennie I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. — Christophe...
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Haunted

October 12, 2016 - "Cotton Hollow" by Eric Rennie My photograph, "Cotton Hollow," is one of 51 selected (out of 577 submissions) for a gro...
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Still Life

September 08, 2016 - "Attic Treasures" by Eric Rennie A still life is normally thought of as a work of art depicting inanimate objects that...
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A Sense of Place

August 31, 2016 - "Tracks to Nowhere" by Eric Rennie My photograph entitled "Tracks to Nowhere" is one of 35 images selected for a juried...
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The Mother of Beauty

August 14, 2016 - From Sally Mann's "Body Farm" Series (2000-2001) Death is the mother of beauty… -- Wallace Stevens, “Sunday Morning”...
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To Stand and Not to Pass

July 31, 2016 - "Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika" (c. 1930) by Martin Munkacsi The photograph that launched Henri Cartier-Bresson’s iconi...
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Once a World

June 14, 2016 - Four-year-old Yaffa Sonenson on the day Nazis marched into Eishyshok in Poland The black-and-white photograph, taken in...
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Old

May 17, 2016 - "Cotton Hollow" by Eric Rennie My photograph "Cotton Hollow" was awarded an honorable mention in a juried competition o...
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Scrollwork

May 08, 2016 - "Scrollwork" by Eric Rennie This photograph is among 20 selected (out of 1,200 submitted) for the fifth annual juried c...
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The Abandoned Landscape

March 31, 2016 - "Cotton Hollow" by Eric Rennie The image above is one of 35 photographs appearing in a juried competition entitled The...
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A Blind Eye

March 14, 2016 - The SS at Play, 1944 -- Snapshot by Karl Höcker (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) The United States Holocaust M...
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In Celebration of Trees

January 14, 2016 - "River Highlands Trail in Winter" by Eric Rennie The image above is one of 40 chosen for an online exhibition called "I...
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Be Square

November 30, 2015 - "Lace Curtain Window" by Eric Rennie The image above appears in a juried competition called "Be Square" at the Southeas...
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Dazzled by Color Patches

November 14, 2015 - "Scrollwork" by Eric Rennie I used to try to figure out precisely what I was seeing all the time, until I discovered...
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Sight Unseen

October 15, 2015 - William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes “You see, but you do not observe,” Sherlock Holmes scolded Dr. Watson in A. Conan D...
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Still LIfe 2015

September 30, 2015 - "Tool Shed" by Eric Rennie The photo above is part of a juried competition called Still Life 2015 running from October...
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Within Walking Distance

September 01, 2015 - "Nooks Hill Factory Building" by Eric Rennie Some years ago I set myself the task of photographing whatever I could fin...
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Still

August 13, 2015 - "Sunrise in Fog" by Eric Rennie Every photograph is still; hence, the name of the medium: still photography. But not ev...
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All Things Aquatic

July 15, 2015 - "Blue Stones in Water" by Eric Rennie The photograph above above appears in an exhibit at the CORE New Art Space in Den...
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Toward the Light

July 01, 2015 - "Ice Falls" by Eric Rennie Studio photographers have the advantage of being able to move props and lights around until...
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A Shot in the Dark

June 01, 2015 - "Fireworks Finale" by Eric Rennie A digital camera is essentially a computer with a lens attached to it. Its functions...
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Two Exhibits

May 15, 2015 - "Bienvenue a Bord" by Eric Rennie Two of my photographs are appearing in juried competitions this month. The one above,...
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The Sun Is God

April 15, 2015 - J.W.M Turner, "Heidelberg" (1846) "The sun is God," the great English landscape painter J.W.M. Turner is supposed to ha...
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Kodak Brownie

April 01, 2015 - Not long ago my son Matthew e-mailed photos he had taken with his latest smart phone while hiking with my wife on Sleepi...
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Tableau Vivant

March 16, 2015 - Portrait of Lewis Powell (1865) by Alexander Gardner The black-and-white photograph shows a strapping young man sitti...
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Lines

February 15, 2015 - "Apologies to Jackson Pollock" by Eric Rennie Living as I do with a state park at the end of my street, I am often able...
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Dumb Luck

February 01, 2015 - Robert Lowenstein on his 100th Birthday Sometimes it is better to be lucky than to be smart, as the old saying goes. Th...
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A Winter's Tale

January 16, 2015 - "Iced Over" by Eric Rennie Take something as ordinary as water, one of the most plentiful elements on our planet. Three...
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Treasure

January 01, 2015 - "Attic Treasures" by Eric Rennie Four of my photographs, including the image above, are included in a juried competitio...
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Cute

December 15, 2014 - "Among the Lilliputians" by Eric Rennie I once had a photography teacher who all but forbade her students from taking p...
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Quicker than the Eye

December 01, 2014 - Horse Galloping by Eadweard Muybridge (1878) The development of high-speed photography in the 1870s led to radical chan...
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Windows and Doors

November 15, 2014 - "Aunt Mildred's Window" by Eric Rennie The photo above is part of an online exhbition opening November 15, 2014 at the...
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The I Is Not an Object

November 01, 2014 - “The I is not an object,” the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote. As it happens, Wittgenstein was a photography...
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The Dark Side

October 10, 2014 - "Clown God" by Eric Rennie Just in time for Halloween, the photograph above is appearing in juried competitions on oppo...
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Framed

October 01, 2014 - "Alex Framed" by Eric Rennie “To photograph is to frame,” Susan Sontag once wrote, “and to frame is to exclude.” Docu...
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Singleness of Eye

September 15, 2014 - Glassware by Eric Rennie I took a course my freshman year in college in which we learned how to see. I didn't realize t...
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Canonical Hours

August 01, 2014 - To men alone time is elusive; to men with God time is eternity in disguise. --Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel I was up...
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Nothing You Can See that Isn't Shown

July 15, 2014 - Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson I did not take up photography as a spiritual exercise, but that is what it became o...
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Weeds

June 17, 2014 - Landscape photographers might be presumed to have more than a rudimentary knowledge of nature. Alas, that is not true in...
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The Photographer's Eye

June 02, 2014 - I went walking one spring morning in the state park at the end of my street. As I tramped along, I was aware of an insis...
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Close to Home

April 01, 2014 - The photograph above, called "Rails," is one of 24 black-and-white images in a juried competition entitled Grayscale at...
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Mirror World

February 16, 2014 - Diane Arbus' “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park” (1962) As a photographer, I have had occasion to reflect on...
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Winter Air

January 12, 2014 - This photo is one of three I have appearing in a group exhibition entitled Winter Air at the View multi-arts center in O...
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One by One

January 01, 2014 - My photograph above, entitled "Tool Shed," received a "Special Mention" in a juried competition in Denver sponsored by t...
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Sun Stands Still

December 17, 2013 - For thousands of years, people told time by the movement of the sun across the sky. Because the sun rose each day in the...
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