Archive for May 2010

May 31, 2010

 

 I´m in a dejected mood this evening. I need to pull my socks up and feel the unknown force which pushes us on in whatever creative art we persue, be it painting, poetry, music or of course photography.

 My solution is to pull out a extraordinary and exceptional book called Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Wooldridge. Now if this can´t get your creative juices flowing or boiling you´ve got one mighty creative block. Yes, it´s poetry but it works wonders with art in general.

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Simplify II

May 28, 2010

 

Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann

What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don’t they?
Manuel Puig

What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.
William Albert Allard

Simplify

May 27, 2010

 My life in general is complicated and busy enough as it is, without counting photography. So I try to simplify my time with photography as much as possible.

 One camera, one lens and one type of film when I´m not shooting digital. I consistently work with the same paper size when printing in the darkroom or lightroom. I refuse to waste time thinking if this image fits better on this size paper or that one, so I stay to the same size and make do with what I´ve got. I´m out to enjoy photography in the most efficient manner as possible.

Excellence

May 26, 2010

 

I´m convinced that good photography is about letting go of fear and affectation. Rule number 1 tell the truth if you want your photography to have resonance and realism. I´m talking about being true to your inner voice, no pretentious photos to make a good impression on friends.  Photography is about seduction, therefore you must  be the first one captivated and charmed by your creation. Your art is all and only about you. So work at something close to you, something you brush by everyday.

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C. S. Lewis

Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
James Stephens

All things are difficult before they are easy.
Thomas Fuller

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert

 It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
Pablo Picasso

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Thomas Carlyle

 

 

 

Projects.

May 24, 2010

 

 I would argue that the photo project, not the single image, is the basic unit of succesful photography, the place where coherence begins and ideas stand a chance of becoming more than mere snapshots.

It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
Napoleon Hill

Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.
Edwin Land

 

 

 

 

See

May 21, 2010

 I´m sitting in my studio and I´ve managed to switch off my inner critic. I just wish I could get rid of him for once and all. Everything around me is a photographic possibility, I´m not looking I´m seeing. I´m aware of what is surrounding me, without judging the quotidian in my life.

All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
Ernest Hemingway

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.
Denis Waitley

What is art but a way of seeing?
Saul Bellow

 

 

Mistakes

May 17, 2010

 

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
John Wooden

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Dale Carnegie

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
Jules Verne