Why Simplify?


CABALLO LAKE SP, NM—I’ve been using the Hipstamatic app to create the square, B/W photos featured here of late.

One of the benefits of dramatically simplifying your photography (or office, or home, or life) is that it forces you to focus on improving what you’ve got, rather than trying to “trick-out” your camera (or office, or home, or life).

No zoom lens to get in close, no aperture control to blur the background, no shutter speed to freeze the action, no cropping to reframe the subject.

Intentionally simplifying your camera can dramatically improve your photography because it forces you to focus on just three things:

  • Composition: A pleasing layout of the image
  • Isolating the Subject: Positioning the subject so it stands out from the background
  • Tonal Range: Learning to see shadow, light and contrast

Works the same with practically anything: Get rid of the fluff and clutter, focus on the core issues, and matters will quickly improve.

A Morning Walk

Flower on the Earth

HERON LAKE SP, NM—This morning, the air was cool and the sky overcast, so I stepped out of my rig and took my camera for a walk.

The Mystic lives in Paradox, but while alone—with no one to converse with, no one’s desires to be satisfied, no one’s Very Important Matters to be addressed—there is no need for separation, no need for paradox.

So I let go of my lowercase self, expanded to the Infinite, flowed with the currents, and strolled about in Oneness—taking portraits of my Beloved.

The above is one of them.