The Heart of Photography

Great read – what is photography? – Otto von Münchow

In Flow with Otto

I have been pondering over what photography is. I mean really is. New technology has completely changed the idea of photography, from a mechanical/chemical device that would record reality to something much more complex. With digital technology and ever more advancements when it comes to digital tools available for the photographer, it gets more and more complicated to define what photography truly is. Particularly for me, working mainly in the genre of documentary photography, I find it troublesome to set limits for what is acceptable and not. The old saying «a photograph doesn’t lie», is simply not true any more. Even the idea that photography captures reality has become challenged by postmodern believe systems. According to some postmodern thinkers a photograph is not a picture of something that is real – but a picture of the idea of something real, or even a picture of pictures we have been accustomed…

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Dan Traun, Photographer



Red Wing, Minnesota


His beautiful and talented wife, Cynthia


Two aged dachshunds, Tindra & Audrey


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Looking Back to Look Ahead


In case you missed it – I moved.  Moving over the holiday season may not have the best plan, but it seemed like the right time with the new year on the way.

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Let’s try our luck again

hqdefaultThe issue with my new provider was short-lived fortunately.  You should now be free to navigate to my new blog-site.  My apologies for any inconveniences, annoyances or frustration – it’s technology.  What is a person to do?  Hurry up and wait.  I will be glad once all of this reorganization is complete.  Cyndie and I haven’t been out shooting since our Colorado and wedding :-/  Soon…

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As luck would have it

My move to bluehost is getting off on a some-what rocky start.  It would appear that they are having Domain Name System (DNS) and/or other issues.  My announcement post today was for all for not.  Will try again later today; hopefully the issue(s) are short-lived.  I am a bit surprised as bluehost is a partner of WordPress and is highly rated.  Things happen I guess.  It’s been a good 12 hours so far; I guess I can stick around another 12 to see what happens.  I guess there is always next year 🙂


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 49,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!

I am looking forward to whatever 2014 will bring.

The first item of business – relocation. has been a wonderful home for the past few years. I have moved my photography blog to bluehost – effective today.

Please click on my signature below and if you feel so inclined, please continue to follow me from my new home.

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If you experience any issues navigating to or following my new blog please feel free to leave a comment here.  I am no stranger to web hosts, but its been a while and there is bound to be a snag or two 🙂

I fought the…

…snow plow and it won.  OK.  It wasn’t me and there wasn’t exactly a fight.  A mistake I suppose.  I don’t know how many times I have heard “stay back, stay alive.”  It isn’t a joke.

These snowplow drivers have a difficult job which is only compounded by impatient people driving like absolute idiots because there is only an inch of snow.  No matter how much snow or what you have going on – stay away from the snow plow…you won’t win.  All you will accomplish is having a bad day and making things rough for all of those stuck in traffic.

On my way home from work today there was a bit of a mishap.  I was thankful it was in the opposing lane.  Traffic was backed up for miles.  I am not sure what three plows where doing together (wasn’t a lot of snow to clear) either.  It didn’t look major thankfully – except for the backup.





(Me + Elvis) or (Melvin + Elvis) or (????) = Melvis // Unique, odd, or otherwise – they always catch my eye.