The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words.
After following the crowd for a while, I'd then go 180 degrees in the exact opposite direction. It always worked for me.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
I like things that have to do with what is real, elegant, well presented and without excessive style. In other words, just fine observation.
All the technique in the world doesn't compensate for the inability to notice.
Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.
Most photographers work best alone, myself included.
Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times...I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
I like to think I keep my mind open. When I walk the streets I don't look for anything in particular. I come from a philosophy that believes you shouldn't have preconceived notions - that you don't need a gimmick. That you should just photograph what you react to - what you see.
Good photography is not about Zone Printing or any other Ansel Adams nonsense. It's just about seeing. You either see or you don't see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.
Photography is an art of observation - it's about creating something extraordinary out of the ordinary. You choose a frame and then wait until the right time for something magical to come along and fill it.
I'm not a serious photographer like many of my contemporaries. That is to say, I am serious about not being serious.
You don't study photography, you do it
Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures.
Balance of light is the problem, not the amount. Balance between shadows and highlights determines where the emphasis goes in the picture...make sure the major light in a picture falls at right angles to the camera.
A picture should be looked at - not talked about.
I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.
The work I care about is terribly simple. I observe. I try to entertain. But above all I want my pictures to be emotional. Little else interests me in photography.
It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.
I'm an amateur photographer, apart from being a professional one, and I think maybe my amateur pictures are the better ones.
If you're not a curious person, you're certainly not going to be a good photographer.
I don't really have a favorite camera. I use a Leica and Canon a lot. It depends, especially professionally, on the requirements. But my carry-around camera is a Leica.
I don't like explosions. I don't mind progress. But digital photography has made every man, woman, child and chimpanzee a photographer of sorts and consequently has numbed down the general quality of photographs.
The advantage of taking pictures of the famous is that they get published.
It's about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.
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