Photography quotes

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust (as quoted by Bob Krist in April 2013 Outdoor Photographer article entitled “Think Globally, Shoot Locally”)

“It’s up to us as photographers to give voice to the natural world.” Frans Lanting, Outdoor Photographer, December 2010

“Some professionals are deliberate in saying make a photograph as that implies the full creative process of an image, and as differentiation from take, which seems to insinuate a snapshot. In the retelling, it’s clear that the process involves all the verbs,  for a photograph is something that has to be found and caught before it can be crafted,  personalized and possessed.” Steve Werner, Outdoor Photographer, December 2010

“F8 And Be There!  For years, this was the cry of the photojournalist. It meant that 90% of a great photo was being in the right place at the right time. True, it was simplistic, but in the Age of Photoshop, this maxim is too often forgotten. No matter how much you play with the bits and bytes, the best images always start out with a great vision, clearly and cleanly seen.” Dewitt Jones, Outdoor Photographer, December 2010

“…compelling outdoor imagery always combines some kind of personal connection to nature and skillful technique. The former seems to be a form of grace, and the latter an act of the will.” George Ward, Outdoor Photographer, April 2011

“If you can’t take the photograph you love, take the one you’re with.” Bruce Dale, Digital Photo Magazine, Jan/Feb 2011

“The visual partnership photographers have with those “rocks and trees” is something painters and other visual artists understand, and some curators and their ilk might not. In most instances it’s not the Rock and the Tree being photographed, it’s a metaphor for a deeper sense of awareness, of being alive in that place at that time. It’s creating what has been called “a sense of place,” a photograph not only of the physical scene but of the feeling of the place itself, its magnificence, intimacy, or simply the way the light plays on the river in the breezes of late afternoon.”  George Schaub, Shutterbug Magazine, July 2011

“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.” – Elliott Erwitt

50 Photography Quotes to Inspire You  from PetaPixel

“What I mean by emotion is a meaningful connection with an image, a feeling that’s invoked either when creating an image or by viewing one. The trouble with most photography, and it has been this way since the mid-1800s, is that most images are mere records. They don’t offer much beyond a short list of adjectives. In other words, they pretty much only tell us what something looks like. I want to journey beyond the obvious physical attributes to convey what something feels like, or at least what it felt like to me.” – Chuck Kimmerle, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, May 2013

“I make the analogy that the camera exposure being the recipe or items you carefully selected and mixed togethyer, and Photoshop being the oven you cooked it all in. You need both to make a high-quality final creation.” – Sean Arbabi, April 1, 2013   Creating Realistic HDR Scenes using HDR Efex Pro 2 with Sean Arbab

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” -Ansel Adams

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” -Leonardo da Vinci

“The most valuable things you can bring to your photography can never, ever, be bought at the camera store: curiosity, patience, the willingness to put in the time, to fail, to see light and lines and anticipate moments. The ability to tell a story, express an emotion, or tell the hard truth. We’ll make better photographs when we concentrate on that and worry less about the other stuff.”  -David DuChemin  quote found here

Abstraction in art is all about stimulating thought and emotion using aesthetic characteristics themselves, rather than relying on descriptive information conveyed by subject content. As the painter Alan Soffer has said, “Abstraction forces you to reach the highest level of the basics.” It involves the act of prioritizing and employing essential elements such as color, tone, line, form, texture and the fundamental graphic considerations of composition, taking advantage of human visual cognition to compel the viewer’s imagination and emotions to think and feel in response to the work, deemphasizing or stripping away features that convey explicit meaning or objective facts.

Abstraction isn’t dogmatic. It doesn’t tell the viewer what to think; rather, the aesthetic aspects of the image inspire a response. A common misunderstanding is that the underlying subject matter of an abstract image must be entirely unrecognizable, but an image can be simultaneously representational and abstract to varying degrees. It is more the case that the actual identity of the subject matter used in an abstract picture is largely unimportant, while the aesthetics are everything.

-Justin Black, from an article entitled Abstract Landscape Photography


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