“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer” – Ansel Adams
I do love this quote, although I don’t honestly agree with it. Am I not both photographer and the viewer? Not every image makes it for public consumption but I still love them.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange
This is so true. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much around me than when I have a camera in my hand.
“To take photographs, it’s putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Totally get what this says. Everything has to come together for me when an image makes it from seeing to letting it loose on the world. The passion that is in your head must match with what you’re seeing and what you love in your heart. It’s all about passion.
“All children are born artists, the difficulty is in remaining so when adult” – Pablo Picasso
Sometimes life just gets in the way……………
“The first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Looking forward to seeing my best ones then!
“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice” – Robert Frank
Exactly how I feel about capturing a scene and how I want to convey it so that I know I’ve done it justice.
“A photograph of a woman crying tells me nothing about grief. Or a photograph of a woman ecstatic tells me nothing about ecstasy. What is the nature of these emotions? The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances.” – Duane Michals
This is the real problem with any sort of picture – photography or otherwise. It is sort of the cover of a book with all of the pages missing and you are hoping that the image will do all the story-telling for you. Hoping that somehow that ineffable quality of moment will magically transport the viewer to feel, smell, touch, hear and taste it as I did when i pressed the button. It is that unachievable bar that I strive for in every image that I craft.
“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second” – Marc Riboud
Think this really sums it up. Capturing those moments in the press of a button.