Samuel Johnson defined the essay as ‘a loose sally of the mind. An irregular indigested piece not a regular and orderly composition’. It is this latitude from stricture that gives a well written essay its ability to move in unpredictable directions; and in this movement we take on a more thoughtful attitude.
This site explores photography and other life-affirming activities, principally, although not exclusively, through photographs and the short-form essay. I subscribe to the idea of “Equivalence” (first articulated by Alfred Stieglitz but explored in detail by Minor White), a theory of photography based on the idea that any image, regardless of technical merit, should function as an experience, as opposed to a “thing.”
I have a lot of interests. I enjoy fly-fishing and fly tying in the Tenkara style, making bread, training my dog, mixing photographic developers from base chemicals, mountain walking, cooking risottos, studying philosophy etc etc. The list goes on, so it means that I don’t actually achieve much. But that’s me!