• An Archive of Visual Inspiration

    Faded & Blurred is no longer being actively updated but will remain live as a source of education and inspiration—an homage to the art and craft of photography and the people who make photographs. For new content, including podcasts, interviews and editorials, visit:


Craft & Vision Podcast: Mallory Morrison

In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a conversation with fine art photographer Mallory Morrison. Mallory uses her background in ballet and choreography to inform and inspire her gorgeous underwater narratives.  In this […]

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Craft & Vision Podcast: Henry Fernando

Henry Fernando, a photographer based in Ottawa, Canada practices something called contemplative photography, which takes a more mindful approach to photography and encourages a way of seeing the world without the preconceived notions attached to […]

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On Taking Pictures 161: It’s Not Patrons, It’s Patronizing

This week, we discuss an article from the Atlantic on the changing role of the artist and the rise of “creative entrepreneurs.” Have you ever thought about taking a year off? We talk about Stefan […]

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  • Perfectly Banal

    William Eggleston

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  • From the Edges

    Mary Ellen Mark

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  • The Color of Genius

    Saul Leiter

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Five For Friday 132

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” – Pablo Picasso   Dario […]

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Five For Friday 131

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers   Alexandre Farto I am absolutely fascinated by the work of Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto who, in addition to using found objects and materials, […]

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Five For Friday 130

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human.” – e. e. cummings   The After Life of Things San Francisco-based photographer David Wolf has created a […]

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A Wellspring of Inspiration

Drink as much as you like

Ray Bradbury

"Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things."

Charles Mingus

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”