Journal Essays

High altitude view of the Aurora Borealis, as seen from 37,000 feet over Northern Quebec. Photo by George Murphy

Electric Air Above My Head

by George Murphy January 3, 2017 Journal Essays

Bringing in the New Year from 37,000 feet – Somewhere over Northeastern Canada – January 1, 2017:  As I write this it is one hour into the new year and I am traveling over 600 mph beneath glorious waves of Aurora Borealis. We are 37000 feet above Northeastern Canada – just east of the mighty Hudson […]

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The iconic visage of Big Ben shines over central London.

One Year In London…Already!

by George Murphy November 1, 2015 Journal Essays

Summer has definitely passed here in London. The air has gone brisk and the leaves have been turning on the tree lined streets and back gardens of downtown neighborhoods, reminding me that it’s now been over a year since I first came to this complex and vibrant city. So much of that time has seen […]

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Danza Coyolxauqui Aztec celebrate the pre-Columbian origins of the Mexican observance of El Dîa de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. Photos by George Murphy.

El Dîa de los Muertos Aztec Style

by George Murphy November 5, 2012 Journal Essays

The Mexican born celebration of El Dîa de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is commonly associated with elaborately decorated alters honoring the memory of passed loved ones and, of course, the proliferation of skulls in the form of sculptures, candles, artwork and especially as face paint. It is a visually rich […]

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Petaluma National pitcher and first baseman Andrew White. Photo by George Murphy.

The Petaluma Nationals Come Home

by George Murphy August 30, 2012 Journal Essays

It’s been a treat to share a hometown with those inspiring kids of the Petaluma National Little League team as they found themselves thrust onto a world stage and proved to us in both victory and defeat that even 12 and 13 year olds can teach us something about greatness.  After following the team’s journey […]

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Sunlight diffraction causes a surreal view of the 2012 annular solar eclipse. Photo by George Murphy

A Dimming of the Sky – the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse

by George Murphy May 21, 2012 Journal Essays

There’s nothing like a celestial event to remind us that our world is so much bigger than the latest tabloid driven, water cooler gossip. Everyone pauses for a moment to turn their awareness to something bigger than everyday life, and an often forgotten sense of our connection to the workings of a universe beyond our […]

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

by George Murphy December 23, 2011 Journal Essays

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a wonderful year ahead. -GM

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Joshua Orellana Portrait – “Photo-Graphic” Style

by George Murphy November 11, 2011 Journal Essays

About the time things were drawing to a close last year at ImageMovers Digital–the digital feature film studio where I worked–Joshua Orellana, the assistant production  manager for our fx & crowd simulation department, seemed to be on a mission to keep growing his hair out until the final days when the studio would close its […]

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Exploring A New Photographic Dialect

by George Murphy October 23, 2011 Journal Essays

Things may have been a little quite on the Firsthand Journal of late, but it hasn’t been for a lack of developments on the photography front. Apologies for the extended silence. In reality I’ve been diving headlong into exciting new visual territory that I just haven’t been ready to share until now. The three images […]

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Space Shuttle Wrap Up & Gallery Links

by George Murphy August 10, 2011 Journal Essays

July was an intense and exhausting month as I hit the road with a car packed to the gills with photographic equipment and traveled to Florida’s “Space Coast” to witness and document first-hand the final mission in NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. I would be providing an insider look at this historic event for the Press […]

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Remembering Another NASA Mission Ending

by George Murphy June 7, 2011 Journal Essays

With this last Space Shuttle launch coming up fast, I thought it appropriate to look back at another earlier mission ending that carried many of the same question about the future of manned space travel that haunt this last flight of Atlantis. Six years before the very first Shuttle flight, and that amazing sense of […]

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Riding the Sky One Last Time

by George Murphy June 7, 2011 Journal Essays

In a few weeks NASA’s Space Shuttle program will draw to a close with the final mission of the Atlantis spacecraft under the command of astronaut Chris Ferguson. While this last foray into space by an American manned spaceship does not spell the end of NASA’s vision for the future of U.S. manned space exploration, economic […]

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Sonoma Plein Air – Raising Money for Art Education

by George Murphy May 30, 2011 Journal Essays

One of the things I love about photography is that through it I often get to meet interesting people and learn about cool things that I previously had little awareness of. This past week’s Sonoma Plein Air Festival in the wine country town of Sonoma, north of San Francisco, was one of those. Shooting for […]

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The Myth of Photographic Reality – Part II

by George Murphy July 25, 2010 Journal Essays

While ‘Part I’ emphasized how the truth of an image relies on so much more than just what happens in post production (digital or chemical), there’s no denying that the ever increasing capabilities of digital tools continues to focus attention on that part of the image workflow. The resulting distrust of the images we see in published media threatens the credibility of truly important works and calls out for a method to communicate the nature of the images we create so we can re-establish trust in our audiences.

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The Myth of Photographic Reality – Part I

by George Murphy July 17, 2010 Journal Essays

There is a lot of angst these days about abuses in the digital darkroom and it’s impact on the credibility of photography in presenting honest images of the world around us. However the truthfulness of an image relies on more than just the question of how much it’s been manipulated in some image editing package; it begins with all of the subjective choices that we make before and during the moment the shutter is released.

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