This Sunday I decided to bring a few quotes from those I respect and admire in the world of photography.
“If it isn’t in the frame, it does not exist.” – Avedon
Sounds kind of dumb right, well not in respect to storytelling. Just because you know something is there doesn’t translate to your audience knowing that when all they see is the image.
“I take my brain and put it under the pillow, when I shoot it is with this and this, my heart and my stomach.” – Anders Petersen.
As I’ve said before many of my direct contemporaries create beautiful imagery but it just doesn’t interest me. Yes it’s striking but it fails to make me feel. Sure it’s hard to create a headshot which grabs someone by the throat and makes them reconsider the rest of their life but too much of what I see is somewhat disposable. Easily forgotten in the 3 milliseconds it gets on instagram, or the 2 second glance it gets during turning the page. Richardson can do it by shock and awe, that’s his style and he has it down. For others you need to find your own way of stopping viewers dead.
Create photographs which ask more questions than they answer.
Truth // Honesty
Dawn, and the silhouette of All Saints Pavement
"The minster chimes strike ten. I go to bed very conscious that I am sleeping within the white walls of York, loving her beauty, her peace, her dignity, and the calm, unhurried way she has..." - H. V. Morton, The Call of England
"She does not ask you to love her: she is like London in that. She is there: she is York." - H. V. Morton, The Call of England
"...and right ahead, that classic view of York Minster lifting its towers above the city and the white wall twisting on and on..." - H. V. Morton
"York is the loveliest city in all England. She is England's last real anchor to the Middle Ages." - H. V. Morton, The Call of England
"The curved platforms of York are well worth the study of any man interested in the personalities of stations." - H. V. Morton, The Call of England
I take a photo everyday, but today I brought this one with me.