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More Than a Rock by Guy Tal

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59Photography and the Creative Life

The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are reading this book, it is likely that you derive some joy from photographic images of the natural landscape and from the practice of photography. If my decidedly unscientific observations are an indication, it is also likely you have found your way to this genre of photography through the appreciation of natural beauty that is inherent in most humans. It’s no wonder that most of ...

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