“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” — Neil Gaiman
“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” — Mia Hamm, American soccer player
“The monographs I make give me a focus. I think too often as a younger photographer I missed telling a bigger story by focusing on single images and not bodies of work. Bodies of work and thinking in terms of a series forces us to go deeper, to mine the possibilities, to create unexpected themes or connections between images. And pragmatically, they help me sort through my edits.” — David DuChemin
“The trick now (as it has undoubtedly always been) is in knowing, specifically, what it is that you want to say with your photograph and then being able to employ the appropriate techniques, in the appropriate circumstances and in the appropriate amounts, all in a manner sufficient to convey (while not detracting from) the aesthetic message you are attempting to communicate. That means that you really do need to know precisely what it is that you are trying to say through your photograph.” — Huntington Weatherill
“The weakest version of the real you, is stronger than the best imitation of someone else.” — Joanna Davidson Politano
“Our photographs look the way they look because of how we see and what we are drawn to.” — David duChemin
A young goldfinch chowin’ down on coneflower seeds this morning totally ignored me. I went back for a camera, and then for a tripod to shoot some video and he just kept on eating those seeds. Great morining in the garden!
“They were faded and worn, but the images were alive with a fragile beauty of expression and gesture.” — Soomin Ham
“Photography becomes a prayer.” — Karen Bullock
“What have I done wrong?” he said later.” Nothing, I think. I am steadily surprised that there are so many photographers that reject manipulating reality, as if that was wrong. Change reality! If you don’t find it, invent it!” –- Pete Turner
“Art is not about consensus. We need not agree over our reactions or our interpretations. Art that forces itself upon us and has as its chief goal our submission to it is not art, it’s propaganda. … Popular photography culture is wildly culpable of encouraging or desiring our consensus and the only thing that’s going to lead to is homogeny, mediocrity, and a narrowing of thought and experience. We must be challenged and art can do that, but only if we let it. To be challenged we must first listen to it.” — David duChemin
“Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.” — Edward Abbey
“For me the creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny.” — Ruth Bernhard
“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” -– Diane Arbus
“The formula for doing a good job in photography is to think like a poet.” — Imogen Cunningham
“Once a woman who does street work said to me, ‘I’ve never photographed anyone I haven’t asked first.’ I said to her, ‘Suppose Cartier-Bresson asked the man who jumped the puddle to do it again – it never would have been the same. Start stealing!” – Imogen Cunningham
Carnivorous pitcher plants. Insects enter the tube and down-facing spines prevent it from leaving. These yellow pitcher plants were photographed in Green Swamp preserve in NC. They grow in nutrient poor bogs.
“. . . what we hope for from the artist is help in discovering the significance of a place.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography
“. . . there is an incredible hunger to make and share images. . . . knowing how to use a complicated camera no longer serves as a barrier to creating those images.” — David duChemin in The Soul of the Camera
“I impose the way that I see, the way that I feel, the way that I connect on the landscape.” — Michael Kenna
Saturday mornings, starting at around 9 am, car aficionados stop by the Hunt Valley mall to show off their cars and discuss specs. Shot this raised Viper hood. Notice the “forked tongue” on the lower left.