"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." 

~ Mark Twain


Andrea looks out the window with a high key view.  Though I love the feeling that she may be on a light box looking at a 6 x 6 film strip. Do you wonder what she is looking at?  Instilling a sense of mystery by veiling parts of the image creates a deeper intellectual dialogue with the viewer.   Our desire to show all that we see often overrides our sense of imagination.  

Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

"You never retire from a life of art, you do it until you die." 

Well, that's my retirement plan... 


For the Flesh and Stone series.  Taken during our fine art nude photography workshop, what an amazing week that was. Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

The subject of the picture is more important than the picture.

~ Diane Arbus


Ivy Rose Raven.  Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

"The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer." 

~ Robert Maplethorp  


Hanging Rock.  Today is the start of another nude workshop.  One week immersed in nude photography.  What creative fun.  If you are near Sydney, I do recommend the Maplethorp exhibition.  His male nudes are stunning and his flowers are exquisite.  I have to go back and see it again.  I don't think I really saw it the first time.  It takes time to see photographs.  Real time.  A glance isn't enough for a great image.  Really look so that eventually you can see. Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

And you may ask yourself, well … how did I get here?

–Talking Heads, “Once In A Lifetime”


Esoteric, photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

Every day I receive letters of praise and thanks for these daily photographs and inspirational quotes.  These emails lift me with such humble delight.   I don't have time to reply to each one, so I wanted to thank you for your words publicly.  Please feel free to forward these to your friends for thier enjoyment too.   

Thank you  

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

~ Pablo Picasso


Flesh and Stone, Anoush, photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017