If you’re like me, you read a lot [I read everything!] and you enjoy the random quotation that floats across your field of view from time to time. Some make me stop and think. A really good quotation can be applicable to anything and anyone. They don’t ALL relate to photography, per se. But then again, maybe they do in a profound way. At least to me they seem to be speaking about photography.
If you read below, you will see my most recent list of favourite quotations by random people, most of whom you will have heard of. They all relate to photography in one way or another or at least the creative process. I will not provide reasons or rationale for this connection since it will take to much space and I would rather that you find your own connections to these quotes and how they relate to you and your creative process.
The images below the quotes are original photos that I made using my Fujifilm X-E2S while travelling in the Philippines.
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
- Ted Grant Canadian photojournalist
“Reinforcing contingencies shape the behavior of the individual, and novel contingencies generate novel forms of behavior. Here, if anywhere, originality is to be found.”
From B.F. Skinner’s Science and Human Behavior Chapter 16: Thinking (p. 255)
“Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
– Imogen Cunningham
“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.”
- John Dewey
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.”
- Coco Chanel
“. . . as a modern authority has pointed out, it is as difficult to explain how we see a picture in the occipital cortex of the brain as to explain how we see the outside world, which it is said to represent.”
From B.F. Skinner’s About Behaviorism Chapter 5: Perceiving (p. 90)
"Life is what happens to you when your busy making other plans"
"Man plans and God laughs.”
-Old Jewish Proverb
“Art is what you can get away with.”
“The very meaninglessness of life forces a man to create his own meaning.”
- Stanley Kubrick
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfilment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
- Stanley Kubrick
“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.”
The light is always right.
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