Chance encounters

Control, apparently, is not the answer. People who need certainty in their lives are less likely to make art that is risky, subversive, complicated, iffy, suggestive or spontaneous. What's really needed is nothing more than a broad sense of what you are looking for, some strategy for how to find it, and an overriding willingness to embrace mistakes and surprises along the way. Simply put, making art is chancy - it doesn't mix well with predictability. Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-prevasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.


Another excerpt from Art & Fear. I found it meaningful, hopefully some others out here shall too.


This was an image I made in Vermont, near a small church we had stopped to photographed. The ground was layered in fallen leaves and I was laying in them staring straight up, admiring the blue sky and yellow leaves, the warmth of the sun, and the lazily drifting clouds. This was how it all felt to me.

  • Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic 7y

    Zeb, your posts are such good read, besides being wonderful to look at...
  • Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic 7y

    Came back to add something Milan Kundera wrote on this:
    "Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out is mute. Only chance can speak to us. We read its message much as gypsies read the images made by coffee grounds at the bottom of a cup...

    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Shetha N 7y

    I love the cloud the most. Because it was the most temporary thing...
  • Fadzly Mubin 7y

    Tremendously beautiful shot you have presented here! The colors and tones (the hues as well) are somewhat pleasing to the eye. Oh another piece from the FM2 I see :)

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    looks so beautiful
    great work...

  • Nathan Allworth 7y

    Which 28 was this? ƒ/2 or ƒ/2.8?

    Lovely shot. The Bokeh is very similar to the 35mm ƒ/2.

    The quote, again, is very nice! Not having a good day, mainly because I'm needing some certainty or control that isn't there. This helps!
  • Zeb Andrews 7y

    Nathan Allworth It is the f2.8, in fact it is the Series E version at that.
  • Haiku Garry 7y

    very nice, i love the blur.
  • ☂dreamtime 7y

    I like E series. I don't have the 28, but my experience with the other ones suggests that they're light ,compact, and a great value. My 100mm is neat because it looks like a 50.
  • rob 6y

    Thanks for this one, too. Sage words.

    Love the color here.
  • Boris 6y

    this is just sweet.

    blur sometimes does more for a photo than sharpness :)
  • Boris 6y

    the feeling.
  • ©middlegrey 6y

    Artistically shot. Your takes are truly inspiring.
  • Chelsea Boothe 6y

    that's so beautiful, even blurry
    wish i could do things like that in California
  • sallysdad12 6y

    control was never the answer

    definition at best is a coping strategy

    at its more negative control, concepts and knowledge

    restrict the human ape to a limited cognitive matrix and denial


    that filters information from a huge multiverse and restricts

    potential and enlightened action
  • Craig Allen 6y

    The colors!
  • Scott Leach 6y

    Guess what? Next time I am out wth my camera I will be deliberately unfocussing it at some point! Great shot.
  • Nathaniel Reinhart 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Life isn't perfect, why should our art be?, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    I love the colors of this image. So amazing!
  • Patrick 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called picky imperfection, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • hell_rider [Away] 5y

    If you dilate your pupils and look at the photo as if you are stoned, then this looks like fabric fluttering in the wind.
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