“Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield
“A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.” – Annie Leibovitz
“I want to make photographs whose very ambiguity provokes thought, rather than cuts it off prematurely. I want to make pictures that work on a more mysterious level, that approach the truth by a more circuitous route.” – John Pfahl
Photoessays/Bodies of Work – Monochromatic minimalism – Re-examining “consent” in an age where neither the photographer nor the subject may control where an image shows or how it is used. This is an interesting discussion, but not sure that what Berman suggests is feasible or realistic. – Widow/er A “poignant and elegant” portrait series
From Steve Oney: – TED talk by Sabastiao Salgado In my opinion Salgado is the most accomplished BW photographer practicing today. He is in the same league as Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Smith, Lewis Hine, Jacob Riis, and Dorothea Lange.
Stone cairns on a beach at the North Cape of Prince Edward Island, Canada on a drizzly day.
“To be more creative is to get closer to childhood.” — Sarah Moon
“The point of art has never been to make something synonymous with life, however, but to make something of reduced complexity that is nonetheless analogous to life and that can thereby clarify it.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography
“What transforms of into about is interpretation — taking all the tools of craft and visual language and pulling at emotion. Colour does that. Motion does that. Tension and scale do that. The challenge … is matching the tools with the thing we are trying to say.” — David duChemin in The Soul of the Camera
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
“A lot of our thinking is for bonding, not truth-seeking, so most of us are quite willing to think or say anything that will help us be liked by our group.” — David Brooks, Oct. 10, 2017, NY Times Op-Ed “The Art of Thinking Well”
“Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.” — Sally Mann
“I will never reach the end of this journey. I’ll never arrive at a point where others have nothing to teach me.” – David DuChemin