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.

Photo Project eBook - Free Download

What Does One Do With Their Photo Projects?

In the last few months I’ve posted several times about the photo project I was working on. More specifically, I wanted to make photo art from a pair of Asian statuettes that had belonged to my mother, who passed away in 2018. The statuettes were her prized physical possession.

So what does one do when a photography project is completed in order to keep it from just ‘fermenting’ on your hard drive? In this instance I decided that a good way to share the work would be to make it into an eBook (which I have completed) and a folio (which I am close to completing). I have decided to share the eBook with anyone that would like to see the project. For a free download of the book click here, or on the image below (which is the cover of the book).

I would like to ask (no obligation whatsoever - you can download the eBook without doing so) that you consider signing up for my newsletter (which has been pretty quiescent, but which I would like to send out perhaps once a quarter) and/or to subscribe to my blog using the link right below the image of the book cover.

I do hope you will enjoy the eBook……feedback is welcomed!

New eBook - Photographs And Poems

The Floral Forms eBook

The Floral Forms eBook

I am pleased to announce that I have recently completed another eBook! The Floral Forms eBook is a book of photographs and poetry that is a collaboration between myself and and writer/poet Michelle Levasseur. 

I 'met’ Michelle and discovered her poetry on Google Plus. She wrote poems to accompany her photographs. Her words added meaning to her images, peeling away their outer context and enhancing them. I was a fan of her poetry and she was a fan of my photography. We commented on each oth­er’s work. A collaboration seemed appropriate. One of the wonders of the internet is that we were able to carry on the collaboration without ever meeting, as I live in the eastern portion of The United States and she lives in the western portion of Canada!

The 24 photographs in the eBook are from my "Botanicals In Black And White Portfolio" in which I concentrate on the easily overlooked forms, lines, and shapes of flowers.  These qualities are much more evident in black and white than in color.

Michelle has written 24 poems, each one as an emotional response to a specific image.  Her heartfelt and passionate poetry adds depth and meaning to the photos.  As I read each poem, it became clear to me how the words were joined to and specific for each individual photograph.

I am offering the 60 page eBook with all 24 images in high resolution along with the 24 poems for $2.99.  That's right, less than the cost of your morning a matter of fact, it might make for some pretty cool reading to go along with that latte, as it is also formatted for mobile devices! Click here for more information; just scroll down to Floral Forms or click here to purchase.

As a 'teaser', here is a sample from the book:


A whirlpool of dancers

Chaotic, hypnotic

Mating in shadow

Meeting in the shade of now


See me, see you

Through a gauzy veil

The haze of numb love

As the silent dancers tumble and turn us

Like leaves in the wind

We move to that silent beat



Savor the sudden lull

The quieted breath held

Hear whispers, dulled roars

A heartbeat begins to fill our souls, fire our spirits

A beat that lives elsewhere

A beat from the outside




Photo Copyright Howard Grill

Poem Copyright Michelle Levasseur


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