Frank A. Mills

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A Photographer's Journal"

Privilege Creek Valley, Bandera, Texas
Privilege Creek Valley
Bandera Wilderness, Bandera, Texas

I do like to wander and I do like to play with the images my camera catches. Coup d'Oeil (caught my eye) is about those things that catch my eye and about things that influence my photography. Coup d'Oeil is both a blog and a photographer's journal. (Coup d' oeil is French for "Caught my eye.")

So dear viewer, this is my journal. It is also where I get to play. Please bear with me, there might actually be something of value here. At the very least, you will get to know the weird ways my photographic mind works.

I do like to wander and I do like to play with the images my camera catches. So please wander along if you will. Journal postings are by date. To help you a long rough thematic indexes of photo stories, my wanderings & wondering, social issues and my thoughts on photography. There are also reviews of books and more that have influenced my photography.

By the way, I am beginning from scratch. so there won't too much here to start.

This page shows two introductory posts followed by the last five posts, plus the last review.
A Very Early Photograph "Lone Tree"
[Skyline Drive, VA]

About me as a Photographer

>Being a curious wanderer with a questioning mind from birth, my eyes seek always what lays hidden yet important. I’m always asking questions with an acute observation to the mysteries of life.

I have been around photography since a baby. By the time I was in elementary school I had my own simple box camera, I was experimenting with pinhole cardboard boxes and blueprint paper exposed to the sun. Added to the adventure was a darkroom in the cellar. [Continue Reading.]
19.12.08 "Approaching Carmine"
[Fayette County, TX]

Introduction to Wandering




Travelling the Varicose Ribbons
[Introduction to Wandering]

Someone once said, "The destination is the journey." I disagree. The best journey has no fixed destination. It goes where the adventure leads and never arrives at the destination. Each arrival is nothing but a destination discovered only upon arrival. Each arrival is but a stop along the adventure. Please join with me as I explore the "Varicose Ribbons".


The only way to learn is to read and look. I do both— a lot of it. Here I share my thoughts on books and other things that have influenced my photography.

(Review Listing)

"Phil Smith"


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Mythogeography Revisited

A review in Two Parts
A review from a photographer's perspective of THE ARCHITECT-WALKER: A Mis-Guide, (Wrights & Sites, Triarchy Press, June 2018) and RETHINKING MYTHOGEOGRAPHY in Northfield, Minnesota, (John Schott & Phil Smith, Triarchy Press, 2018). In "Part 1" I explore the idea of mythogeography as a tool to disrupt the status quo. In "Part 2" I apply it to my own thinking about photography. Exploring how mythogeography influences my work. Please read my review