Posts Tagged thought

Street photography: week twenty-six

“If you’re not sure it’s a picture, shoot it anyway” – Carolyn Drake

These two images, from many others, were occasions when I saw something but was unsure whether to shoot it or not.

I think if one has reached the stage of trying to decide whether to click the shutter, then one has already thought too much about the image and should move on.

 

Woman with book

Gap

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Hands

Charles Flowers on Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook (2003)

“Always include hands, because they are more expressive than the face”

"...as much as 60 percent of all human communication anywhere in the world is non-verbal, being accomplished principally with the hands"

"...we want to touch and be touched, or we wither away and die"

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“Highland Mosaic”

” As children playing, splashing feet in the water, thinking about something we see, listening to someone speak, watching someone work, we do not yet recognize that we are being informed. The water rushes on and we see something clearly and are able to bring it to fruition. Every now and then we become informed”. Barbara J. Delory

Stunted trees

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The mind’s eye

“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

Take a break

 

 

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Art Beyond Gimmicks

“Any entertainment that aspires to art should not work with the audience like an advertisement. Trying to please the audience lowers the level of sophistication constantly…When you try always to please the audience, you have to produce more and more automatic gimmicks, more and more plastic…As artists, we have the responsibility of raising the mentality of the audience. People might have to reach out with a certain amount of strain, but it’s worth it.”

From Chogyam Trungpa, “Endless Richness,” in DHARMA ART

Seal and snow

 

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