There is something rewarding about capturing some aspect of the natural world via photography, a visceral sense of connection that comes through both the raw experience and its reinterpretation via the photographic record. Of course, this has often become a cliche’, and fine arts instructors often urge students to do something, anything else for that reason alone. But it seems to me that Andy Warhol’s advice that to be afraid to be bourgeois is bourgeois may have some overlap with this. Fear of cuteness, cliche’, or or simply being “an illustrator” (as I once heard Jerry N. Uelsmann dismiss a colleague) can be just as debilitating in my view.

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