Scientist, observer, writer, traveler.

I photograph with film and digitally, using old and new cameras. It's hard to stand out in a world of millions of photographers, some of them excellent, so I find myself moving away from current trends and fashions.

This has led me to an ambiguous position concerning today's photography. I find myself alternately appreciative and alternately appalled, often within the space of seconds, of much of what passes for photographic art. I can admire the technical perfection, yet recoil from the soulless result. Fortunately, there are - as always - photographers who maintain an individual and striking aesthetic that goes against the grain of much of what passes for popular photography. Artists such as Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky, and Cindy Sherman are among the best photographers working today.

Often I find myself delving into the history and aesthetics of photography. Marveling, because so much of what we think of as new has all been done before. Often times better, even though through chemistry rather than electronics.

It's both sobering and inspiring to become aware of such a rich history. Perhaps because digital photography has enabled the rapid and multiple profusion of images from millions of people, surely a merit on its own terms, the work of those who preceded the technique takes on special qualities.

Ultimately, though, my photography is both a spur and companion of my writing. I use a number of online forums, but my most used and pertinent is here, alas now archived:

http://cowbird.com/richard-keeling/stories/