No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried.
My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
J. B. S. Haldane
Possible Worlds (1927)
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.”
[Wanderer, there is no road. The road is made by walking.]
They . . . asked me: ‘How do you make your pictures?’
I was puzzled… I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s not important.’
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, ‘There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.’
The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer.
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.