The Best Advice I could possibly give… via @aphotoeditor

The best advice I could possibly give you, and forgive me if this seems glib, is to work. Work. Work. Work. Every day. At the same time every day. For as long as you can take it every day, work, work, work. Understand? Talent is for shit. I’ve taught school for nearly thirty years and never met a student who did not have some talent. It is as common as house dust or kudzu vine in Alabama and is just about as valuable. Nothing is as valuable as the habit of work, and work has to become a habit.

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I think in some ways photography has become too easy…

…I think in some ways photography has become too easy. Many people don’t really know how to operate a camera and just let it make all the creative decisions. In the past, you had to work hard to get a really good image, but now it’s so much easier and that makes it much more difficult to be unique. Technology has made it less of a challenge and I think that has taken some of the magic and mystery out of photography.

John Hedgecoe

There Are No Small Decisions In Photography

Photographer Richard Kelly (@richardkellypho) expounded upon Director Sidney Lument’s original quote in a recent posting on the ASMP’s website:

There are no small decisions in (Photography).

This to me summarizes all my decisions from art, to craft to commerce. Every action has a consequence, or a purpose or a reason. Whether in the frame, in the concept, in the production or in the budget. If not, get rid of it, move it out of the way, or hit delete.

I live by this quote everyday.

This perspective is what’s given me a new compass point that’s driving my art & craft as a result of this and the concepts David Hobby (@strobist) has in his own photographic work.

My thanks to both of these talented photographers.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (via adamwestbrook)

Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Some truths on truth and photography

homeofthevain:

  • All photographs are posed.
  • The intentions of the photographer are not recorded in a photographic image. (You can imagine what they are, but it’s pure speculation.)
  • Photographs are neither true nor false. (They have no truth-value.)
  • False beliefs adhere to photographs like flies to flypaper.There is a causal connection between a photograph and what it is a photograph of. (Even Photoshopped images.)
  • Uncovering the relationship between a photograph and reality is no easy matter.Most people don’t care about this and prefer to speculate about what they believe about a photograph.
  • The more famous a photograph is, the more likely it is that people will claim it has been posed or faked.
  • All photographs are posed but never in the same way.
  • Photographs provide evidence. (The question is of what?)

— Errol Morris, testifyin’ on his Twitter