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On the Road to Eudaimonia

I’m a reasonably bookish person, so you can imagine my surprise when I came across a word I’d never seen before- not once, not twice, but three times- in the span of a few short weeks. Call it luck, call it fate, call it a verbal trifecta. But when anything jumps out at me three times, … More >>

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Abby's Day Out, by Darin Reed

Photographers familiar with the philosophy behind Crossroads will surely know the tremendous satisfaction that comes from planning, creating and donating photos to a non-profit. It’s incredibly gratifying to see an image you’ve donated used on a website, poster, flyer or annual report. You may never know the full benefit of your photos, but rest assured … More >>

Finding Beauty in Purpose

Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. ~John Keats. Years ago, when my daughter was a baby, I plopped her down on the bed, got out my camera and shot artsy black and white photos of her legs. I was severely sleep deprived … More >>

Truth vs Real vs Accurate

“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” -Richard Avedon. I was pondering this quote today. Been having a lot of rain out here in the Northwest and rain is very conducive to pondering. It is also conducive to seasonal depression, eating lots of cookies, and the desire to clean out your office … More >>

Participant Spotlight: Wendy Jensen, Santa Fe 2016

Crossroads is proud to shine a spotlight on Wendy Jensen, who joined us for the 2016 Santa Fe workshop. After wrapping up a great week, while David was stuck at the Chicago airport and Brenda was unpacking her bags, Wendy sat down and created a photo essay that captured beautifully the highlights, challenges and rewards of … More >>

A Conversation with David Middleton

We recently caught up with Crossroads co-founder David Middleton, a master photographer and one of our favorite instructors of all time. We had a chance to ask David about his sources of inspiration, his work with non-profit organizations in Uganda, and his favorite places to live and work. Oh, and there’s a tidbit about elephants … More >>

Photography and Your Real Life

Several months ago I was invited to photograph an event for a non-profit organization called Telling My Story. Founded by a dynamic and fearless woman named Pati Hernandez , TMS uses storytelling, song, dance, theater and art as a way of breaking down the boundaries and stereotypes that exist between people living on the “outside” … More >>

Daley Ranch Student Program.

Following Crossroads Home, by Sandy Z.

     Earlier this year, in the process of searching for a different and unique photography class in which to submerge myself, I began browsing the Santa Fe Workshop’s online catalog. It didn’t take long before I noticed a program titled “Crossroads Santa Fe – Where Photography and Philanthropy Meet.” My curiosity was captured along with … More >>

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2016 Before ya Know it!

          Now that REI has promised to stay closed on Thanksgiving, and even Nordstroms is holding off on the Christmas decor until after we pig out on turkey and pie, I am the only one left pushing you to think and plan ahead into 2016. Imagine your life beyond the gluttony … More >>

Relationships Come First, by Darin Reed

The most powerful images, the ones with meaning, purpose and vision, are often created long before the shutter button is ever pressed. They are the culmination of a series of thoughtful efforts and collaboration between the photographer and someone else. Another person, who has granted the photographer access to a world, not previously available. I’ve … More >>