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Gallery Ten: A Walk in the Park – only minutes away

I’ve journeyed to nearly every continent in search of memorable travel pictures, but I’ve also found opportunities to make just as expressive images less than an hour from where I live. It’s not how far you travel that matters. Rather, it’s how you see your subject, and how you can make the camera see that subject, that produces photographic meaning. In this gallery, I display pictures made less than 30 minutes from my home in Phoenix, Arizona. I often walk in the park surrounding Scottsdale’s Civic Plaza while accompanying my digital photography students on a two-hour field assignment. Together, we discover and explore numerous photo opportunities. The Plaza features a number of distinguished sculptures by world-renowned artists. Its ponds are home to swans and ducks. Every now and then, a troupe of Native American singers and dancers offer free entertainment. In this gallery, I display images I’ve made in this park based on the principles of expressive photography I explain and demonstrate in my cyberbook.

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.