About the Gatesman Photo Gallery and This Website

William M. Gatesman has created a number of websites. This website, the Photography and the Creative Process weblog, and the Gatesman Photo Gallery at www.wmgphoto.com showcase Bill’s black and white photography and his musings about the photographic artform. Reproduced below is a copy of my first post to this website which explains my philosophical basis for this forum.

My Autumnal Garden: Thoughts on My Creative Process
Originally published October 4, 2007
William M. Gatesman

My autumnal garden stands out in the neighborhood: an explosion of color standing 7 feet tall — the height of the Cosmos blossoms. Yet some of my other flowers have wilted, leaving seed heads that I pick and place in a jar for planting next spring.

My autumnal garden is a metaphor for my creative process. I had been planning to submit a number of photographs — some of which stand out, like the Cosmos blossoms, as images in the Gatesman Photo Gallery— to a black and white photo contest. Like my garden, which is responding to the lack of summer heat, my ambitions respond to the lack of available funds and time [starving lawyer that I am — the photo contest requires a submission fee and time to prepare the images], and my intention to submit the photos suddenly stands, barren of petals, a mere seed head of potentiality.

Like the flower seeds I have placed in a jar, these seeds of potentiality carry the promise of a new garden. No sooner do I screw shut the lid on the mason jar when images of a new forum — a new garden of creativity, if you will — rise up in my imagination.

This weblog is my new garden. Welcome!


Bill also created the Focus on Seraphim website featuring his photographs of the Seraphim Quartet.

The Maryland Elder Law website is the showcase for Bill’s day job as an elder law attorney.

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