“Inside you, there’s an artist you don’t know about.” — Rumi
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” –- Ansel Adams
“When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches.” –- Edward Weston
The blue dasher dragonfly is a very common dragonfly at the Black Marsh Trail. The diagonal stripes on the thorax and the black tail tip are distinctive. Females also have the thorax stripes but the abdomen is not the same pale blue.
“My work is inviting, hopefully, it’s also evocative and tells a story. Ultimately, the goal in my work is to elicit emotion, be it wonderment, joy, silliness, happiness, solitude. I think because I shoot for feeling rather than just for a scene, perhaps that makes my vision of the world and thus my photography, different.” — Marianne Drenthe
“If you are really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly.” – Andrew Harvey
“When you photograph a face . . .you photograph the soul behind it.” — Jean-Luc Godard
“Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma,” she once wrote. “They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.” — Diane Arbus
“I’m trying to please myself; certainly that’s a big criterion… though in a sense, I don’t take images just for myself. I take images that I think other people will want to see. I don’t take pictures to put in a box and hide them. I want as many people to see them as possible.” – Mary Ellen Mark, Mary Ellen Mark : 25 Years by Marianne Fulton, Page: 14
“I was never much of a promoter of my work—I’ve probably given away more prints than I’ve sold.” – Herb Quick
Original link from Steve Oney: – How to create luminosity masks in Photoshop Luminosity masks essentially select a narrow part of the luminosity (brightness) histogram and allow you to modify your image very precisely. So, if you wanted to select and darken only the light/lights you can do that without trying to brush what may be small or intricate areas. You can buy a program that automatically produces luminosity masks from Tony Kuyper or other locations. These programs may break the luminosity histogram into as many as 32 segments for great precision in modifying your image.
Thanksgiving table at my sister’s house. Food was great too.
“But Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Artmaking, he insisted, was about freedom.” — From How to Be an Artist, According to Wassily Kandinsky, by Rachel Lebowitz, Jun 12, 2017, Artsy.net
“Quitting merely because you’re behind is a trap, a form of hiding that feels safe, but isn’t. The math is simple: whatever you switch to because you quit is another place you’re going to be behind as well. It’s not a race, it’s a journey. And the team that scores first doesn’t always win.” — Seth Godin, June 13,2018
“It’s true that you’re not good enough yet. None of us are. But if you commit to trying hard enough and long enough, you’ll get better.” — Seth Godin, June 16, 2018
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” -– Cecil Beaton
“Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.” -– Chase Jarvis
“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” -– William Klein
“It doesn’t take a genius to see that competence is no longer about our ability to press certain buttons in a certain sequence. Far more often, competence involves the humanity required to connect with other people, in real time.
It requires emotional labor, not merely compliance.” — Posted by Seth Godin on November 16, 2017
“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” —Eve Arnold
“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” –- Elliott Erwitt
Processing Negative Reviews
“Some people love what you do. …
So, how to understand it when someone hates what you do? …
It’s not for them. They want something you don’t offer. …
Some of these things you can address by telling a story more clearly, some you can’t.
Either way, right now, they’re telling you one thing: It’s not for them.
Okay, thanks for letting us know.” — Posted by Seth Godin on October 19, 2017
“There is always a subjective aspect in landscape art, something in the picture that tells us as much about who is behind the camera as about what is in front of it.” — Robert Adams
“Making photographs has to be, then, a personal matter; when it is not, the results are not persuasive.” — Robert Adams, in Beauty in Photography