6 thoughts on “Pathway to a Small Brook

    1. Thank you. It took me a long time to realize that unlike the striking mountain, desert, and coastal landscapes in far off places, Ohio’s landscapes are quieter and a lot more subtle and have a beauty all their own. Your photographs tell me that you already know that but I still had to say it. 🙂 Ohio has rich cultural and natural histories and landscapes; it has a few shortcomings too but I like it here…

  1. So lovely – I don’t know why I missed all of these photos. And I think I may have mistakenly called you “ken” in a comment – if I did, I apologize. Your reply above is interesting too – there have been times when I’ve taken a photo of a breathtaking landscape, of which there are many out here in the west – and struggled with it being too trite. It’s true that people who have easy access to striking landscapes have an advantage, but there’s a downside too. Other people have to work a little harder, and that’s a real benefit to working with subjects that are not jaw-dropping out of the box, don’t you think? You made this sing, as you did with the farm photos in color later on (and I lvoe the minimal concrete images too).

    1. Thank you for all the interesting comments, Lynn. Several have a common theme circling around the idea of place so rather than respond individually I’ll respond to them here. I have admired the black & white photography of Ansel Adams, Minor White, Wynn Bullock, Michael Kenna, and others for a long time. Mitch Dobrowner, Cole Thompson, and a couple of others have been added more recently. I wanted to go to other places to make photographs like they made. I love their photography but over the years I developed my own; more subdued, not particularly striking or beautiful but I hope with a quiet sense of the landscape where I live. It is a developed mindfulness of the wonderful details that occur everywhere (which you know very well) but that you can miss just passing through. It gives rise to a daily joy of living and gratitude…most days 🙂 Much more complicated that that but enough.

      On a lighter note, I changed your reference to Ken to Mic in your comment. I hope that was ok. You referred to me as Ken a week or so ago responding to a comment I made on one of your posts. I didn’t mention it. But the next day, Ken referred to me as Adrian! I started to develop a complex but I got over it. 🙂 I know that some people find my name offensive but it is not meant to be; I hope that’s not the case with you and Ken.

      I appreciate your comments, Lynn.

      1. Oh, funny about the name business! I didn’t know if “Mic” was actually your name. I too saw you referred to as Adrian, and that puzzled me a little, but it alerted me to my mistake. So one reader’s mistake helped another reader correct their mistake — how’s that for a twist of fate? The name is not offensive to me. Thank you for being gracious about all the mistakes.
        And thank you especially for the thoughtful reply above. Those are some big names to compare oneself to, but that’s the way it is. If we don’t make the comparison, then we won’t reach. Your quiet path, which is very often beautiful but may not be as striking as the subject matter of some of these people you mention, is much appreciated by me, and others. If making photographs in one’s own corner of the world gives rise to a daily joy of living and gratitude, well, that is more than enough, isn’t it? And it shows.

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