The Nature of Things


Frederick Sommer – a very early influence and a photographer I’ve admired for years – once wrote, Some speak of a return to nature.  I wonder where they could have been.


I find this important to remember.  Even when things seem messed up and difficult, they are exactly as they need to be.  How could it be otherwise?


He also wrote, The only way to understand something is to be confronted by something that is difficult to understand.


While remarkably different in many ways, there is something about Frederick Sommer that reminds of me John Cage.  Both could always distill such complicated ideas into entirely succinct and evocative phrases.


Often times my confusion leads to understanding.


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