Blog #108 Photography Quotes Part 3
In this week’s blog I will post a small collection of quotations from life and photography that I have collected since the last post of this type “Photography Quotes Part 2”. This will be the third in this particular series of photography related quotations as food for thought. Part 1 was in Blog #31 and Part 2 was in Blog #70 if you’re just catching up with my blog posts. Without further adieu, here it goes:
I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. Robert Mapplethorpe
Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love.
A Camera can serve as a passport to other lives and cultures but it also paradoxically stands between the photographer and the world. We’re not participating, we’re observing, We’re trying to be inconspicuous; we’re trying to be not there, but there.
So it’s a pretty lonely life.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. Aaron Siskind
Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.
Focus on what you can control.
Being smart is cooler than anything in the world.
Choose people who lift you up.
Find people who will make you better.
Remember who you always were, where you came from, who your parents were, how they raised you.
Success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square.
Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.
The one thing people can't take away from you is your education.
There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.
When you're not engaged in the day-to-day struggles that everybody feels, you slowly start losing touch.
Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.
Black and White are the colours of photography. To me they symbolise the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in a word, effective.
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It’s a creative art.
Regard no practice as immutable. Change and be ready to change again. Accept no eternal verity. Experiment.
Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Behavior is a difficult subject matter, not because it is inaccessible, but because it is extremely complex. Since it is a process, rather than a thing, it cannot be easily be held still for observation. It is changing, fluid, evanescent, and for this reason it makes great technical demands upon the ingenuity and energy of the scientist.
The most important thing is to tell a personal story. The most important aspect of any photographer’s work is their connection to the subject. If that connection is a wholesome, positive, exciting one, then work is going to inevitably speak to an audience. So that’s what documentary offers: an incredible opportunity to engage with an audience, to engage with the subject, and for that sense of commitment and excitement to shine through.
The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.
The light is always right.
*Images: © Jeremy H. Greenberg
Where: Ap Lei Chau Hong Kong
Subject: The Harbour School Photo Club @THS_PHOTO_CLUB
Gear: Leica Minlux + Agfa Vista Plus 400 35mm Colour Film