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QUOTES ON PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE CONTEMPLATION OF BEAUTY CAUSES THE SOUL TO GROW WINGS.

Plato

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QUOTES EXPLORING THE ESSENCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND BEAUTY

In photography, if I am able to evoke not only a feeling of the reality of the surface physical world but also a feeling of the reality of existence that lies mysteriously and invisibly beneath its surface, I feel I have succeeded. At its best, photography is a symbol that not only serves to help illuminate some of the darkness of the unknown, but it also serves to lessen the fears that too often accompany the journeys from the known to the unknown.

Wynn Bullock

 

Photography through the camera is an instrument of detection. We photograph not only what we know, but also what we don't know.

Lisette Model 

 

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.

Diane Arbus

 

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face - the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited; and the wealth and confusion that man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.

Edward Steichen

 

I love the medium of photography, for with its unique realism, it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say - This is real, too. 

Wynn Bullock

 

For me, the creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny. Whether working with a human figure or a still life, I am deeply aware of my spiritual connection with it. In my life, as in my work, I am motivated by a great yearning for balance and harmony beyond the realm of human experience, reaching for the essence of oneness with the Universe.

Ruth Bernhard

 

The essential things in life are seen, not with the eyes but with the heart.

-St. Exupery.

 

If anything is sacred the human body is sacred.

Walt Whitman

 

Every day I am aware of the flow and constant change; perhaps I am at the edge of discovering what more our bodies might be able to teach about the spirit of life. At least, I am always exploring and trying to understand our relationship to the whole universe.

Ruth Bernhard

 

Significance is inherent in the human body.

Julia Kristeva

 

The body says what words cannot.

Martha Graham

 

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.

Frank Barron 

 

A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.

Nikos Kazantzakis

 

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

Diane Arbus

 

The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.

Terence Donovan

 

A thing is not what you say it is or what you photograph it to be or what you paint it to be or what you sculpt it to be. Words, photographs, paintings, and sculptures are symbols of what you see, think, and feel things to be, but they are not the things themselves.

Wynn Bullock 

 

Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.

Robert Heinecken

 

The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same.

Wynn Bullock

 

To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.

Paul Valery

 

In the absence of a subject with which you are passionately involved, and without the excitement that drives you to grasp it and exhaust it, you may take some beautiful pictures, but not a photographic oeuvre.

Brassai

 

The human body is first and foremost a mirror to the soul and its greatest beauty comes from that.

Auguste Rodin

 

What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?

Michelangelo

 

I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

The Scarecrow from The Land of Oz by L.Frank Baum

 

Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number. ..... I do not ask to see the reason for it all: I ask only to share the wonder of it all.

Rabbi Joshua Abraham Heschel

It was that glorious hour, with the daylight still glowing everywhere, but the moon already gleaming and the first bats dipping in the green, shimmering air. On the edge of the woods stood dissolving in the last light, bright chestnut trunks against black shadows. A yellow cottage softly radiated the daylight it had absorbed, glowing gently like a topaz. The small paths pink and violet, led through meadows, vineyards and woods. The western sky hung golden and green above the velvet blue mountains. Oh, to be able to work now, in the last enchanted quarter hour of ripe summerís day which would never come again !

Hermann Hesse

 

 

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