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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Bill Jay : 1940-2009

Bill Jay, who I have written about several times on Motivation, passed away on May 13th. I never met or knew him, but absolutely loved to read his writing and look at his photographs of people. Most recently, I finished a wonderful out of print book of his that had been recommended to me entitled "Cyanide And Spirits". Many of the essays in that book can be found on his website, where he generously made all of his writings available to anyone who sought them out.

Brooks Jensen, the editor of Lenswork, is collecting anecdotes and statements from people that knew him and is going to be compiling them. I look forward to reading about Mr. Jay from those who knew him personally. The information regarding that can be found here. More information about Mr. Jay's life can be found on Mary Virginia Swanson's website here.