Philosophy+Opinion

This page will contain an archive of all of the main articles I’ve written by category and sorted with the most recent first – it seems that there are some fundamental navigational issues with WordPress that I can’t get around other than by manually updating this page with every new article. It’s a work in progress, of course…

Last update 20 October 2014

Philosophy and essays
‘Painterly’ photographs (15 Oct 2014)
Derivative works and photography (7 Oct 2014)
System thinking (29 Sep 2014)
Digital maturity (25 Sep 2014)
The Four Things (17 Sep 2014)
I have to be a professional so I can be an amateur. (13 Sep 2014)
Have some stones (5 Sep 2014)
Digital posterity: will your images survive you? (3 Sep 2014)
A photo reflects the photographer (16 Aug 2014)
Questioning the ‘art’ market (8 Aug 2014)
Conscious exclusion (19 Jul 2014)
Film diaries: why we shoot film and digital differently (13 Jul 2014)
From stills to motion: my experience (11 Jul 2014)
Images to be remembered for (17 Jun 2014)
Defining the shooting envelope (11 Jun 2014)
Achieving visual consistency (9 Jun 2014)
The limitations of language (5 Jun 2014)
Art, celebrity and fame (12 May 2014)
Illusion vs delusion vs reality: commercial photography today (10 May 2014)
Beyond the numbers: what’s next? (8 May 2014)
Thoughts on stock photography (2 May 2014)
A digital B&W epiphany (16 April 2014)
Objectivity, subjectivity, time and deleting images (29 Mar 14)
Repost: Defining style, and finding your own (27 Mar 14)
What makes a ‘good’ lens? (part II) (15 Mar 14)
What makes a ‘good’ lens? (part I) (13 Mar 14)
Being a photographer is an attitude (9 Mar 14)
Transcending the process (5 Mar 2014)
Pushing print limits (23 Feb 2014)
Film diaries: thoughts on the psychology of shooting film vs digital (19 Feb 2014)
Street photography, soul and ethics, revisited – a personal view (13 Feb 2014)
The attraction of clouds, water, fireworks, trees…(11 Feb 2014)
Does the audience matter? (3 Feb 2014)
To specialise or generalise? (1 Feb 2014)
The importance of shot discipline (28 Jan 2014)
Film diaries: choosing film or digital, and a little rationale (26 Jan 2014)
Repost: Points of sufficiency: do you really know how much is enough? (18 Jan 2014)
Travelling as a photographer (14 Jan 2014)
The science of teaching (4 Jan 2014)
Goodbye, 2013; photographic resolutions for 2014 (31 Dec 2013)
Defining ‘art’, redux (25 Nov 2013)
Originality is dead: or is it? (22 Nov 2013)
Managing the creative commercial populist disconnect (18 Nov 2013)
Artificial environments and ‘tourist’ photography (14 Nov 2013)
Why photography satisfies (10 Nov 2013)
My love-hate relationship with gear (6 Nov 2013)
Photography and psychology, part two: how we view images (31 Oct 2013)
Photography and psychology, part one: it’s all a mind game (29 Oct 2013)
How camera choices influence your image (13 Oct 2013)
Abstract thoughts on abstract photography (11 Oct 2013)
Photographic invisibility: a thought experiment (7 Oct 2013)
Less is more: what does a camera really need? (23 Sep 2013)
The line between art and photography (19 Sep 2013)
Don’t underestimate the final display medium (26 Aug 2013)
The demise of the DSLR (24 Aug 2013)
A question of clarity (8 Aug 2013)
The importance of printing, from a photographer’s standpoint (11 Jul 2013)
Choice, compromise and creativity (9 Jul 2013)
Spheres of influence – or, the butterfly effect (3 Jul 2013)
Repost: What influences your photography? (1 Jul 2013)
The proverbial desert island camera (27 Jun 2013)
Photographic aspirations, part three: a manifesto (23 Jun 2013)
Photographic aspirations, part two: reality, and getting there (19 Jun 2013)
Photographic aspirations, part one: who we are, vs. who we want to be (17 Jun 2013)
Thoughts on street photography with medium format (11 Jun 2013)
Revisited: A word (or ten) on bokeh (1 Jun 2013)
Travel photography (30 May 2013)
The photographer as philosopher, part two (24 May 2013)
The photographer as philosopher, part one (20 May 2013)
The trouble with compacts (24 Apr 2013)
To carry or not to carry? (22 Apr 2013)
Shooting for yourself, part two (14 Apr 2013)
Shooting for yourself, part one (12 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on system choices, part two (10 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on system choices, part one (8 Apr 2013)
A review is not just a review, part two (4 Apr 2013)
A review is not just a review, part one (2 Apr 2013)
Film diaries: The importance of hapatics and tactility, part two (29 Mar 2013)
Film diaries: The importance of hapatics and tactility, part one (27 Mar 2013)
Why we photograph (5 Mar 2013)
The image making process (3 Mar 2013)
Seeing, part one: can art be taught? (24 Feb 2013)
Seeing, part two: the anxiety of infinite composition (26 Feb 2013)
Thoughts and advice for those considering a career in photography (20 Feb 2013)
What makes a good photographer? (9 Feb 2013)
Maintaining your creative edge (3 Feb 2013)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: the relativity of aesthetics, and a (partial) reconciliation with hipstagram-things (30 Jan 2013)
The pricing game (28 Jan 2013)
Why cropping is bad (21 Jan 2013)
Choice, sufficiency and intangibles (18 Jan 2013)
Photographer stereotypes – a satire (14 Jan 2013)
Photographic resolutions for the new year (31 Dec 2012)
Christmas trivia (25 Dec 2012)
To process or not to process? (21 Dec 2012)
Deconstructed photography, part two: compact camera masterclass (17 Dec 2012)
Deconstructed photography, part one: identifying the essentials (15 Dec 2012)
The burden of choice (11 Dec 2012)
Less is more (9 Dec 2012)
Personal evolution: changes in style (1 Dec 2012)
Photographic integrity and the use of Photoshop (11 Nov 2012)
The four stages of creative evolution of a photographer (7 Nov 2012)
Clearing up the myth of higher resolution, shot discipline and image quality once and for all (5 Nov 2012)
What is street photography? (2 Nov 2012)
Candid thoughts on the online photography ecosystem (31 Oct 2012)
Technology, art, and pushing the boundaries (19 Oct 2012)
Turning pro: Six months in (11 Oct 2012)
What makes an outstanding image? (part 2) (7 Oct 2012)
What makes an outstanding image? (part 1) (6 Oct 2012)
Points of sufficiency: do you really know how much is enough? (16 Sep 2012)
Thoughts on modern wedding photography: the wrong way, and the right way (8 Sep 2012)
Street photography in context: diversion, documentary or nuisance? (6 Sep 2012)
What it means to be a professional (12 Aug 2012)
Street photography – the ethics of photographing random strangers (21 Jul 2012)
Thoughts on Instagram and similar apps (14 Jul 2012)
Commercial work vs personal work vs experimentation vs development (30 Jun 2012)
Everybody’s a critic (26 Jun 2012)
On the value of having a muse (24 Jun 2012)
Travel minimalism: one lens to go (16 Jun 12)
Some thoughts on reprocessing and revisiting images (14 Jun 12)
How serious do you want to get? (6 Jun 12)
Color or black and white? (22 May 2012)
Balancing content and technical perfection (15 May 2012)
The inexact science of color and emotion (19 Apr 2012)
Defining style, and finding your own (13 May 2012)
The relationship between talent, creativity and experience (9 May 2012)
Finding inspiration, or the lack of it (10 Apr 2012)
Sushi, and the philosophy of photography (28 Mar 2012)
Observing vs. participating: behind the camera (20 Mar 2012)
Hiding behind the subject (19 Mar 2012)
Photography equipment is a circle… (13 Mar 2012)
What influences your photography? (9 Mar 2012)
A word (or ten) on bokeh (26 Feb 2012)
An ethical dilemma (12 Feb 2012)
Because somebody will eventually ask… (12 Feb 2012)

Discussions
Discussions: MT x Lloyd Chambers on the Pentax 645Z and Nikon D810 (25 Jul 2014)

Opinion/ off topic/ media coverage
Thoughts on the Photokina 2014 announcements (19 Sep 2014)
New comment and email policy (5 Aug 2014)
Why I must do all the things I do (27 Jul 2014)
Too little, too late – or, rebirth? (23 Jul 2014)
OT: Of cars and cameras (7 Jul 2014)
Ricoh Pentax update: confidence restored, resolution and conclusion (18 Jun 2014)
Name and shame: ‘Pentax Ricoh Indonesia’ stole my image UPDATE: resolved. (17 Jun 2014)
Mobile photography, the future, and the masses: part II (26 May 2014)
Mobile photography, the future, and the masses: part I (24 May 2014)
A little (well, big) celebration: 10 million visitors. (26 Apr 2014)
You probably weren’t expecting this: Ming Thein is now on instagram. (12 Mar 14)
We are two: second anniversary! (28 Feb 2014)
Christmas humour: You know if you’re a real photographer if… (25 Dec 2013)
Exclusive: an interview with Nick Brandt (9 Dec 2013)
Xmas 2013 picks (3 Dec 2013)
Judging the 2013 Maybank Photo Awards (1 Dec 2013)
A very OT review: the 2013 BMW Z4 28i (27 Nov 2013)
OT: Thoughts on blogging in an increasingly crowded space (12 Nov 2013)
Garage sale time again! (8 Nov 2013)
Professionalism in photography (25 Oct 2013)
Dear Client: a little advice from your photographer (17 Oct 2013)
Interviewed on the official Zeiss blog… (15 Oct 2013)
How my photographic journey began – a short autobiography, part two (29 Sep 2013)
How my photographic journey began – a short autobiography, part one (27 Sep 2013)
Maybank Photo Awards 2013: a few tips for competition entrants… (5 Sep 2013)
PayPal, margin pressure and the small business perspective (22 Aug 2013)
The 2013 Maybank Photo Awards are now open! (2 Aug 2013)
Taking stock (28 Jun 2013)
If I were CEO, part two (9 Jun 2013)
An open letter to all camera companies (or, if I were CEO, part one) (7 Jun 2013)
Garage sale time – UPDATE: All sold, thanks! (25 May 2013)
Off topic: hobbies and photographers (18 May 2013)
Industry developments – Photoshop CC and the British orphaned works law (12 May 2013)
An idea, and some help requested (28 April 2013)
Sony and Olympus: what does it mean? (19 Mar 2013)
Decisions for the site going forward (9 Mar 2013)
The commercial reality of reviews, writing and blogging (7 Mar 2013)
First anniversary and a milestone (27 Feb 2013)
Happy new year – and a garage sale (price reduction!) (10 Feb 2013)
Cover interview: DSLR Magazine, Feb 2013 edition (2 Feb 2013)
Rant on: Paypal woes, shy subjects and travel today (29 Jan 2013)
Quick shots from my ‘Diametric Opposites: East and West’ exhibition (20 Jan 2013)
Diametric opposites: my upcoming exhibition (15 Jan 2013)
Judging the 2012 Maybank Photo Awards (23 Dec 2012)
2,000,000! (3 Dec 2012)
Ignorance, fear and photographic freedoms in Malaysia (29 Nov 2012)
Twenty questions (27 Nov 2012)
Interviewed on photography in the New York Times (25 Nov 2012)
Just got interviewed on the Leica blog… (8 Nov 2012)
Candid thoughts on the online photography ecosystem (31 Oct 2012)
My daily reading list (20 Oct 2012)
Podcast of my interview today on BFM is now up… (8 Oct 2012)
OpEd: The democratization of photography and the state of affairs in Malaysia (4 Oct 2012)
A concise city travel guide for photographers (10 Sep 2012)
The Maybank Photography Awards 2012 (3 Sep 2012)
The magic million (28 Aug 2012)
Thoughts on copyright, intellectual property, images and Section 114A (14 Aug 2012)
Observations and commentary on the state of the photographic industry (8 Aug 2012)
A few tales of customer service and “professional” support in the world of photography (25 Jul 2012)
Clients from hell (or, some light partial humor) (16 Jul 2012)
Yours truly interviewed on radio again. (29 Jun 2012)
Everybody’s a critic (26 Jun 2012)
Celebrating another milestone – 500,000 visitors! (24 Jun 2012)
Translated, and linked (29 May 2012)
Podcast of my radio interview on BFM 89.9 (4 May 2012)
POTD and off topic: test drive notes of a different sort (10 Apr 2012)
100,000! (9 Apr 2012)
Passion and frustration (22 Mar 2012)
Meet your photographer: a virtual interview (13 Feb 2012)
Strobist, part 2 (18 Jul 2007)
Strobist, part 1 (17 Jul 2007)

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Comments

  1. If you had to choose a Dozen or so of your works, to display or exhibit, or booklet, to show-case, or share your work, how would you go about deciding which to include and which to exclude? Which criteria would you use?

    How does One select a sample, or selection, of work to represent One’s self?

    I think in this day and age we have so many of our own creations as a means of self-expression, and I often wonder about what to include and what to leave out.

    I welcome your feed-back

    • It depends on the purpose of the set. Since I discard everything that doesn’t make the cut anyway, I’d look for the images that best suit the theme and display a creative interpretation of it.

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