It’s a Funny Thing


It’s a funny thing.

The minute I stopped trying to make a picture and explaining myself the drought went away. If it was a drought. I think I was just bored.

Here’s why.

For the last few months I’ve been making pictures of my version of nature. Notice that. My version of nature. I’m not a nature photographer. I don’t play one on television. And, I don’t do the things that good nature photographers do.

I’m also not a writer. I write out of self-defense. I write for this blog. I write to make a point. I’m not someone given writing descriptive paragraphs. You’ll never see me even attempt to write a book, like a novel. There’s a lot of reasons for that. I suppose chief among them is financial. I eat what I kill. Posting a few pictures and writing about them here is fun. On the other hand, my commercial work is just that. Work. If I wrote a book I’d have to know that there was something on the other side of the rainbow besides a kind of fulfillment. Self publishing and selling a years worth of hard work for a $1.99 on Amazon does not excite me. It would be work without a financial goal.


Back to pictures.

Unless the picture really calls to me, I’m not going to make anymore nature pictures. Besides, even though it’s early May, we’ve hit our summer stride. Everything is green and full. That’s the least photographic time to me. However, making pictures that are about summer is something else. Making pictures that say summer to most of us, and bring up memories, are something that interests me. It’s hard to do. I tried it a few summers ago. My goal was ten great summertime pictures. As hard as I tried, I made one.

I’ll try again beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Even though that’s not really the calendar start of summer, in The United States, it’s the start of what we think of as summer. I’ll work on this project until Labor Day Weekend. I’ll do what I can. My biggest problem is that my memories of a summer breeze, or a summer day, may not even be possible today.


I’ll work on other genres. No nature. This wired picture inspired me. The original file is kind of bland. Muddy.Dull. I added the same basic color formula that I used on yesterday’s picture of the leaf. I did not add the extra post-post production effects. After doing that, what I saw amazed me.

You can see it now.











Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

6 thoughts on “It’s a Funny Thing

  1. I’m looking forward to the new series, and have to drag out that old sawbones: “I don’t know much about art but I know what I like…” and say that I have really enjoyed the nature photos. Especially the trees. But doing what makes you happy with your art is the one and only way to go, especially since, as you say, “the work is the prayer”. I’ve had a drought, too; I’m so busy right now that it seems hard to sit down and capture an idea with enough detail and context to be interesting to anyone. But this is about you – here’s to summer and more like Wired.

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    1. Thank you. You can tell if I’m feeling rested and healthy because I lose interest in nature work which is really made around the neighborhood. The other issue is as I wrote. like Houston the vegetation is fairly full and green. I lose interest in that. The sunlight gets too white, the shadows are shorter. Who know? As we head into fall, I’ll probably come back to it because I still have dogs to walk.

      I’ve sorted out about three projects that I want to do. More like Wired, ten summer pictures, and a road trip not related to any kind of work.

      Please talk about your writing. There is strength in numbers when we understand we are not alone.

      I dunno. If I were you, I’d go back to your roots. “Glover Gardens.” I’d write and photograph and lot of process stories from your garden into food on the table. Every little detail. You know, if a person didn’t understand cooking, recipes can be confusing. Like what does “blanch” mean? Or, “reserve.” People who cook know that, but a lot who don’t are confused. Show them in pictures and detailed words.


  2. Caught my eye…pops out. I must admit, this is the first STORYTELLER I have read or looked at this year. I love nature photos so I will have to go back an check it out. This man of the house is taking a guess that this shot was from a set up for a show?.. Have a beautiful Cinco De Mayo Ray..


    1. Nah. He’s wrong. ATT had been doing massive work around here. This is one of their old “ATT Telephony” boxes.

      It’s been pretty much nature or NOLA Culture since around Dec. Have at it.


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