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Photography is who I am. I can’t not photograph. I am compelled to write about the only thing I know.
Four views, one camera — photoillustration by author.

Photography for me is life. It’s true. I was a working professional analog photographer for many years, sixteen with my own small commercial studio. I earned an associate’s degree in commercial photography. The years I worked in my studio were “full immersion” photography. One really learns the craft when sales…

I have been photographing professionally, semi-professionally, and hobby-ally (that’s not a word, is it…) for most of 50 years. I have an associate’s degree in commercial photography, which would not get me a ride, whatever the local bus fare is.

I was so fortunate to have met and married my…

I’ve only been here a very short time. I am not a professional writer. I am not part of the Partner thing, nor do I wish to be. I am a retired but still active former professional photographer. …

Pic: Instagram/Gabspetito

Why am I not one bit surprised?

Brian Laundrie, the (presumed without evidence but most likely) strangler of Gabby Petito, has been confirmed dead and apparently was for some time. How he got dead may never be known. He was possibly fleeing justice. He tried to cover his tracks and plunged into a snake-infested wilderness. His skeletal…

Can you say Übercontrast?

Last week in Omaha and environs, I photographed back-to-back outdoor events to help raise funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Just after sunrise, the crisp, cloudless fall mornings pegged the contrast in the red. Ten-ish stops? Inevitably it got me thinking (that burning rubber smell)… Could my…

"joseph bresse hasn't written any stories yet."

So why are you here? Just to write nasty troll comments?

Rulebreaker, but is it a portrait? Six-year-old granddaughter amid the magnolias — photo by author.

Further, what is a portrait?

The other day Josh Rose posted a marvelous story entitled Unlearning Your Way To More Interesting Portraits (3 Things To Stop Worrying So Much About). He makes much sense plus offers powerful examples of his work. I wrote a frankly gushing response. I was jealous. I even admitted it.


Charles G. Haacker

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