“You think of photography as pictures — and it is. But I think of photography as ideas, and do the pictures sustain your ideas, or are they just good pictures? I’m not that interested in making more good pictures, I wanna have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious, being an artist.” — Joel Meyerowitz
“Be unafraid of your imagination.” — Joe McNally in Creative Live
“Your camera is your passport into experiences.” -– Zack Arias in an interview with PhotoEditor (Jonathan Blaustein)
Field/Studio – Street photography during the pandemic in Melbourne, AU. He gives a constant narrative while shooting which is what I found interesting. Particularly asking people if he could take their picture. Warning: a lot of cursing that seems to be part of his normal vocabulary.
Choat Mine and Red Run Trail at Soldier’s Delight Natural Environmental Area
The main entrance to Soldiers’s Delight is at 5100 Deer Park Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (restrooms are available at the visitor’s center). About .3 miles north on Deer Park Road, on the left, is an overlook and pull off where you can park. The trailhead for the Choate Mine Tail is across the street and about 50 feet south. This is definitely not a runners’ trail as sections have loose rocks and I would recommned against walking it in sandals. The natural area is largely a serpentine barren with open fields; 39 rare, threatened or endangered plant species have been found there. Photographically it wasn’t particularly interesting at this time of year. There were clumps of small flowers and the occasional butterfly. The old mine openings are fenced and flooded and obvious on the right side of the trail several hundred yards in. Prickly briar plants edge the trail until you get into the forest a bit further on. The forest areas have little understory. About one third mile in, the Choate Mine Train connects with the Red Run Trail just at the back of some apartments and the trail heads up hill in open forest; trail maps are available online. The serpentine barrens can be interesting if you are into the rare plants, but participating in a guided tour with a ranger/naturalist is definitely recommended initially.
“If it’s a likeness, alone, it’s not a success. If, through my portraits, you can come to know the subjects more meaningfully, if it synthesizes your feelings toward someone whose work has imprinted itself on your mind–if you see a photograph and say, ‘Yes, this is the person,’ with a little new insight–that is a beautiful experience.“ — Yousuf Karsh
“I have always been a firm believer in photographic experiments. Only by attempting everything personally can a photographer begin to understand the scope of photography..…No picture, verbal description or how-to-do-it article can supersede first-hand experience.“ — Waclaw Nowak
“As photographers we sell ’emotion not emulsion.’ the tools are immaterial, the resulting piece is all important.” –– Jeff Adams
“I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing.” — Seth Godin
“They should just go out and photograph and stop talking about it. That’s the only way they are going to find themselves. They can’t do it in their heads – they have to go out and do it in the camera and get it on film.” – Berenice Abbott
“…the art is in selecting what is worthwhile to take the trouble about…” – Berenice Abbott