"Creativity comes from accepting that you're not safe, from being absolutely aware, and from letting go of control. It's a matter of seeing everything even when you want to shut your eyes."

…Madeleine L’Engle

My only claim to photographic fame is that when I was young, I lived for a while next door to Ralph Eugene Meatyard (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Eugene_Meatyard). He gave me no photographic advice whatever, but he helped me learn to ride a two-wheeler. What I mostly recall now about Gene Meatyard (as he was called) was that his wife Madelyn was the prettiest woman I had ever seen. Wow.

I photographed with film for a while. Now of course it’s all digital, and my wish is that digital had appeared years before it did. But film or digits, photography is photography. You stick a pin pretty much at random into the swirling chaos all around, and the piece you’ve pinned is a photograph. You look at it and say, “This is a piece of life. This is a piece of my life. This is a piece of ME!” You look at it for a while longer, and then you say, “That is not it at all, That is not what I meant, at all” (the last bit from Prufrock). So you wash an unsharpness filter over it, or punch up the contrast or whatever, and hope it improves. Sooner or later no doubt it will.

A small minority of my photographs are SOOC. I believe it shows disrespect for the viewer not to improve one’s photographs if such improvement is possible. Easy, significant improvement is just one of the things that make digital photography the fruitful and exciting endeavor it is.

Recall that time has no meaning in my photostream. Flickr assigns “times” to uploaded photographs, but these times are meaningless. Any photograph of mine may have been exposed two hours or two decades before it appears on Flickr. Similarly, sequence truly has no meaning other than happenstance or mood.

And please never ever read my tags. Doing this is damaging to the mind.

The currency of courtesy, so to speak, in Flickr includes Comments and Faves. Faves tend to proliferate beyond control, but when you go to the trouble of providing a whole comment, I try to reciprocate. Doubtless you will do the same for me. Photography and human relations need to achieve some degree of balance. If a significant imbalance develops, I become soggy and hard to light, and you lose a fair and faithful friend.

And always remember:

Holding up a camera is like holding up a mirror. Every photograph is a spiritual self-portrait.


View my DNA at bighugelabs.com

Photos of David K. Edwards (11)

  • Gleaming Lights of the Souls; Yayoi Kusama, 2008 by M_Strasser
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young by David K. Edwards
  • Portrait of the Artist Driving a Truck by David K. Edwards
  • DCPT-10 Wildlife Shots by idashum
  • DCPT Landscape Shots by idashum
  • Grand Teton Video - TEASER! by Wil_Bloodworth
  • Tetons tour video - Antelope Flats by Jeff Clow
  • Tetons Photo Tour at Oxbow Bend by Jeff Clow
  • A Fine Group of Friends by Jeff Clow
  • Claudia and David by RetiredTraveler
  • David and Jeff by RetiredTraveler
  • DCPT Grand Tetons Group by Wil_Bloodworth
 

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    *nausika* says:

    "when I come to your stream..(very often)it's like an exciting moment of discovery..discovery of your artymindsoul&eye that please me so much..your particular world of colors and places is a unique garden.."

    February 20th, 2008

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    cyanatic says:

    "David's photographic work defies categorization. He certainly has the technical skills to capture all the "Explore-worthy" sunsets, portraits, and flower macros that so many flickr members devote their time and energy to. The fact that he chooses not to do so -- to go his own way -- is one of the things I admire about his work.

    At one moment he gives us the steamy, three-dimensional depth of "Koi Pool", while the next moment he shows us the sunlight refracted through an item as banal as a dormitory light plate cover. He gives us the deep, rich tones of "St. Sebastian", contrasted against the bizarre dadaist feel of a polaroid shot of a tire-encased Barbie. And of course there are the more classic architectural studies like "The Whisper" and "Maria's Balcony, Winter" --- works which first drew my attention to his images. It shows, I believe, a far ranging intellect.

    David is also a kind and generous contact who manages to find the time to view and comment upon the photogaphs of his contacts. Enjoy."

    August 19th, 2007

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    Lord Cuauhtli says:

    "David is a really talented photographer, he does not post too much pictures but when he does it, they are trully beautiful and unique, showing us, the flickr fellowship, his great world that surround him!!!! Hey! it is better quality than quantity don't you think dave??? Thanks a lot for being one of my best flickr friends!!!!
    And that Nickname really rocks!!!!!!"

    March 11th, 2007

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    CharlieBrown8989 says:

    "David

    I am aware that he have been a constant visitor to my site.

    That gives me lots of inspiration & support to post.

    Then I have reviewed David works... I can vow to say that all his master pieces are excellent if not superb. I salute him for his fine skill & knowledge & his loving kindness attitude to the net communities.

    You are great ......."

    September 21st, 2006

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La Jolla, CA
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