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.


The human mind has an uncanny desire and ability to take random lines and shapes and assemble them into something seemingly identifiable. This seems to be an inherent part of human nature. Perhaps the beginning of artistic expression is somehow rooted in this yearning of the mind to assemble input into the ‘known’ category.

Rock Bird
Copyright Howard Grill

When looking at this rock formation I felt like I was looking at an ancient cave painting of sorts…but it was just a rock in a small cliff by the Oregon Shore.

And so I wonder, am I the only one who sees a bird?