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“There are those who take photographs arranged beforehand and those who go out to discover the image and seize it. For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson 1999 The mind’s eye. Writings on photography and photographers. Aperture
This photograph was taken while waiting for the start of the run ‘Not Since Moses’ in the Minas Basin, NS
“To take photographs means to recognize-simultaneously and within a fraction of a second-both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson 1999 The mind’s eye. Writings on Photography and Photographers. Aperture
SEEING’S NOT BELIEVING
“Here’s a new take on an old saying: “Seeing’s not believing.” That’s true. When we see something, we don’t have to believe in it, but we do have to see it properly. We have to look at it—then it might be true. In sharpening our perception completely and properly, we don’t have to put philosophical or metaphysical jargon into it. We are just dealing precisely and directly with how our perception or vision works as we look at an object and how our mind changes by looking at it.”
“New Sight” in Chogyam Trungpa, True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, page 69.
When I photograph, I use no rules and let my perceptions govern the final image. Here is a great description of how that works:
DANCING WITH SQUARENESS
“Photographs are boxlike. We have a square camera with a square perspective. That squareness seems to be our general frame of reference. But we don’t have to be too concerned with that squareness—we could dance with it. Let’s view that corner, this corner, this corner and that corner. Above we could allow lots of space; at the bottom we could allow a lot of solidity; on the sides we could play with how we view our world. If the world is pushing us to the left or the right, we could go along with that. As long as we don’t fight there’s no problem. We could have the right invading our left; that’s okay, that’s a nice picture. If the left is invading our right, that also makes a nice picture.”
Chogyam Trungpa, “New Sight” in True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art.