I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.
If you choose your subject selectively - intuitively - the camera can write poetry.
Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.
Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure. If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life.
I guess I've shot about 40,000 negatives and of these I have about 800 pictures I like.
To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures.
I think nearly every artist continually wants to reach the edge of nothingness - the point where you can’t go any further.
The difference between the casual impression and the intensified image is about as great as that separating the average business letter from a poem. If you choose your subject selectively—intuitively—the camera can write poetry.
A man has to know his limitations.
Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure.
It takes me a long time to change. I don't think you can just go out and figure out a bunch of visual ideas and photograph. The change happens in living and not through thinking.
I realize that we all do express ourselves, but those who express that which is always being done are those whose thinking is almost in every way in accord with everyone else. Expression on this basis has become dull to those who wish to think for themselves.
It's the subject matter that counts. I'm interested in revealing the subject in a new way to intensify it. A photo is able to capture a moment that people can't always see.
Every time I talked about making a picture I didn't do it. I had already done it - talking about it! I quit talking.
I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people.
A picture is like a prayer; you're offering a prayer to get something, and in a sense it's like a gift of God because you have practically no control-at least I don't.
I like the simple things. I don't know why. I'm that way. I came from a simple place.
I think I came alive when I started photography.
A picture is like a prayer.
I can't say what makes a picture. I can't say. It's mysterious.
I can tell you for me it goes on forever. There are some things you can't ever find out. You can't find out in one life either.
The mystery isn't in the technique, it's in each of us.
I just don't know what makes a picture, really - the thing that makes it is something unique, as far as I can understand. Just like one guy can write a sentence and it's beautiful and another one can write it and it's dead. What the difference is, I don't know.
You only do exercises in art school. That's not the real thing. A little bit tells you so much. You have to find your own self. And you don't know what you are! But that's what you have to search for.
In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don't do it, you don't know what might happen.
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