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Jul 26

#1127. Mosses are boring

By Lad Sessions | How-To

Mosses are boring—or so we may think. After all, “rolling stones gather no moss.” These days we take that adage to mean that mosses are dull and static creatures, a bothersome excrescence on dynamic entities like rolling rocks—and rock bands! But in earlier centuries the phrase had exactly the opposite meaning: stay put and flourish, […]

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May 13

#1117. A Babe in Lichenland

By Lad Sessions | How-To

Lichens are vastly underappreciated by photographers (and indeed by almost everyone except lichenologists). To get the inevitable pun out of the way, most people don’t like ‘em, or don’t care much about ‘em. Both are mistakes.   Once again I’m in over my head, a babe in lichenland, and I will rely heavily on a […]

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Jan 15

#1081. Covid Photographic Ramblings #4

By Lad Sessions | Art & Creativity

As fall foliage gave way to wintry scenes, I have increasingly gravitated toward black and white imagery; in the bleak midwinter, images apparently turn monochromatic. Naturally, given my bent, this tendency prompted reflection. I enjoy making black and white images, learning as I go, though I do not feel especially competent. I offer the following […]

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Dec 21

#1072. Covid Photographic Ramblings #3

By Lad Sessions | Art & Creativity

I spent nearly half a century learning and teaching philosophy, with a couple of detours into the wilderness of academic administration. The students were wonderful, the courses challenging, the friendships stimulating, and the research rewarding. You can learn a lot about the world—and yourself—by studying philosophy intensively, and I commend it to everyone. When I […]

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Jan 31

#960. On Satisficing

By Lad Sessions | Opinion

Photography is an infinite realm, with as at least as many different kinds of photographs as there are photographers. I want to paint in broad strokes a certain kind that is underrepresented on most photography sites, Dear Susan included, which I will call “satisficing.”     The term “satisficing” was introduced as early as 1947 […]

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