Art and Design Cool Nature

Abstract bubbles beneath ice

Liked iceformation by Ryota Kajita / 梶田亮太 - PhotographerRyota Kajita / 梶田亮太 – Photographer (

His photography series of “Ice Formation” is featured in the magazine “Photo Technique” (November/December 2012), “”(May 2015), ““ (August 2015), “城市画報 -CITY ZINE-“ (January/Februray 2016), National Geographic Magazine (March 2020) and is represented by Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California and Fotofilmic in Vancouver, Canada.

bubbles beneath ice covered in spiky frostI love the spiky ice atop the frozen surface, the rounded bubbles at center contrasted against the dark depths. A warm fur cloak cocooning a precious cluster of eggs.

white bubbles in a splat of black surrounded by thinning iceI like that the thinning window of ice is at once dendritic, parasitic, the expansion of decay and darkness. And within that hazy-edged darkness, brilliant sharp crystalline bursts of white.

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A process for *selecting* rather than culling

Liked A Better Edit Makes Better Photographs by DavidDavid (

My own edit process goes much more quickly because I’m not looking for every single image that meets some basic minimal technical standard. I’m looking for the ones that make me lean in. The ones that make my heart sing. The ones that grab me and won’t let me not select them.

You might have a great reason for rating images, but I think trying to decide whether an image deserves 2, 3, or 4 stars slows the process. Because I’m looking for a few frames that are a decisive “Yes!”, I’ve found rating them makes me look for the wrong thing.

I appreciate hearing about other creative people’s processes and approaches. A lot of these things, we kind of figure out on our own, but others may have developed more effective methods to do the same thing.

I totally am a “delete the bad stuff” editor, with my first round of edits simply clearing out the out of focus or poorly exposed or unnecessary duplicates. A second pass clears out boring and blah. Then I select my pool of images to edit (which is probably too many 😉).

As in everything, working with more intentionality yields better results, though it is harder. I like his mindset of thinking of a collection of photos from a trip as a body of work — this is probably similar to my thinking when I’m constructing an excursion blog post, where I try to curate a representative selection of photos, but if some shots are too similar I might remove one. In the comments, Jon Revere shares his perspective of framing a story, which sometimes means including less than great shots. This resonates with the approach I took to my 2021 photography and writing project Sense Memory.

I am unclear from his description: how many images does he delete? Does he save copies of all his photos to revisit in the future, or only the select best? Are there still 30k photos from that trip on his hard drive?

Art and Design Shopping

Online shop of photo books

Bookmarked Subjectively Objective (
Art and Design

Photographs of the unfinished desert

Liked Dry Land (

For six months, I cycled through the arid lands of the Maghreb and the Middle East with the idea of recreating a world from the landscapes and characters I met there. The American West is at the heart of my fascination with deserts and dry places. A territory paradoxically empty but rich in symbols. There everything reminds me of the unfinished, the in-between. Everything is being built.

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Gorgeous detailed photographs of insects

Liked Microsculpture by Levon Biss (Levon Biss Studio)

Portraits of insects from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Microsculpture is a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and science.

There’s also a book.

Art and Design Learning Personal Growth

Body of work

Liked Going Beyond The Single Image by David duChemin (

Shifting your focus from making single images—which is necessary in the beginning as you learn your craft—to making bodies of work instead is a huge step forward for most photographers.

Next level thinking.


Watched Photo Posting And Presentation

Watched Photo Posting And Presentation – IndieWebCamp (DUS) (2022) from Internet Archive

Photo posting & presentation was a session at IndieWebCamp Düsseldorf 2022.

My perspective watching: thinking about a new project to post old nature photos

Questions from Tantek:

  • When do you post photos? (real-time / contemporaneously, or retrospective)
    • I think this is my mental hangup for this project idea, because I always post photos within a few days or at most a few weeks — but I feel like that mentality falls into the trap of valuing newness too much
  • What motivates you to put a photo on your website?
    • For this project idea, I’m motivated by sharing photos I like that I haven’t had a chance to share before, rather than being buried on my hard drive — I’ve been thinking lately about my things and creations as a childfree person and it sparked a realization that once I die (hopefully another 30+ years from now 😉) all my content will just be deleted, so the only value they’ll have is now, if I share them

👉 Another benefit of good alt text for IndieWeb – others can use the alt text in their page excerpt/quote rather than duplicating the image itself


  • I like David’s “masonry” style photo page (flex grid?)
  • Also like the Instagram duplicate (I assume) grid by Max Dietrich

Session notes

Nature Travel Websites

Stunning trip report to the Serengeti

Bookmarked Northern Serengeti by Paul Stamatiou (

Safari wildlife game drives in the Northern Serengeti in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Aside from the beautiful photography, I’m very impressed by the trip report format, with the large scale photos, highlighted “travel partners” and the place where they stayed, the embedded videos and mini clips, and the orientation map at the top of the post. The way the captions divide sections of photos and video feels effective in telling a story and breaking up the excursion. I also like that they position this as one photoset within a larger trip with its own landing page.

This is a decided class above the trip reports I’ve posted on Cascadia Inspired 😂

Art and Design Food

Read Odd Apples

Read Odd Apples 🍎🍏 by William Mullan

“Odd Apples” is a photographic project celebrating Malus (the apple genus), its stunning diversity, enchanting expression, and our centuries-long relationship with it.

Lovely photos of distinctive apples, lit beautifully against a color backdrop thoughtfully chosen, photographed with affection. Scarred and knobby apples are given the same care as the obviously beautiful varieties. What a labor of love to track down all these heirloom fruits. I enjoyed learning where each variety was developed – he’s collected varietals from all over the world. A wide range of colors, patterns, and shapes – human heritage in the form of fruit. I bought the small edition and part of me wishes I’d bought the large special edition because I enjoyed this so much.

Yellow translucent apples
I love this understated tone on tone shot as much as the brighter and more vibrant photos.
Art and Design Fun

Community photo fest

Bookmarked The Wow Waikawa! Photo Fest: community and heart by Miraz JordanMiraz Jordan (

In a nutshell: we applied for and were granted funding, then ran a basic photo skills workshop, and invited submissions of photos that celebrated Waikawa Beach. A key factor was that this was not a competition about photographic skill or technique. It was a celebration, sharing what’s wonderful about this place…We received 120 photos and selected 32 for printing at various sizes as Walldots…

This sounds like a fun pop-up community art project!