Things that are Me.
"Successful photography is the triumph of intuition over science and design"
― Garry Winnogrand
The goal of my work is not to give clarity, but authenticity.
It did not so much describe its subject as allude to it.
They seem formed not by rules and calculation but by intuition and strong feeling.
If you can describe your own perceptions your photographs will be good.
Ambience. The atmosphere of an environment.
A sense of immediacy over the quantity of information conveyed.
“The photographer must be absorbent–like a blotter , allow himself to be permeated by the poetic moment…. His technique should be like an animal function…he should act automatically.”
— Robert Doisneau
"To live in peace, plant potatoes, and dream."
"…for five years, until she realized that the grueling schedule of a daily and being creative on demand did not suit her meandering attitude towards life. As one of her fictional alter-egos, Mymble, instructs those who worry and fret: "Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It's very easy to enjoy yourself."
― Tove Jansson
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
― François Rabelais
"Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed."
"For me the true business of photography is to capture a bit of reality (whatever that is) on film…if, later, the reality means something to someone else, so much the better."
"No one moment is most important. Any moment can be something. "
― Garry Winnogrand
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
“Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art”
“The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.”
― Susan Sontag
"When I take photographs, my body inevitably enters a trancelike state. Briskly weaving my way through the avenues, every cell in my body becomes as sensitive as radar, responsive to the life of the streets... If I were to give it words, I would say: “I have no choice... I have to shoot this... I can’t leave this place for another’s eyes... I have to shoot it... I have no choice.” An endless, murmuring refrain. "
"Most of what I want simply slips away like water flowing through a net, and always what remains are only vague, elusive fragments of images… that sink into countless strata in my mind."
If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is “a fossil of light and time.”
― Daido Moriyama