100 Most Inspirational Photography Quotes of All Time

Some great quotes here. Below some of my favorites:

  • To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Edward Weston.
  • The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it! Ansel Adams.
  • There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph. Robert Heinecken.
  • Sharpness is a bourgeois concept. Henri Cartier-Bresson.
  • Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like. David Alan Harvey.
  • You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. Joan Miro.
  • Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. Peter Adams.
  • Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. Imogen Cunningham.
  • We don’t learn from our good images; we learn from the ones that can be improved on. Jen Rozenbaum.
  • The best camera is the one you have with you. Chase Jarvis.

2019 New Year’s Resolutions

I probably shouldn’t refer to these as “resolutions” as I can’t say that I’m truly “resolved” to do any of them.

They’re more like “desires” i.e. things I would like to focus more time and energy on – other factors permitting.

  • Continue to update this site, possibly with lesser frequency. At the moment I average around 40 posts a month. That’s probably too much.
  • Get back to using a film camera every month i.e. twelve posts per year.
  • Produce a new photobook every quarter i.e. four per year. Subjects to be determined.
  • Master Flash Photography. At the moment I’m useless, particularly if it’s in low light with people moving around.
  • Improve ability re Wildlife (especially bird) photography.

American Witness. The Art and Life of Robert Frank

In earlier posts I’ve noted my difficulties with Robert Frank.

Initially I had some problems with “The Americans“. It seemed to me that it deliberately painted a negative picture of the USA in the 1950s.
Then, after further study I decided that I was wrong and have since become a fan.

So, I thought, the problem must be with Frank, himself. It seemed to me that he was one of these self-absorbed, very “artsy” types who thought being unpleasant was something that they should be allowed because they were special. He was, after all, a part of the beat generation, most of whom displayed these characteristics.

I couldn’t see what was so special about Frank. He’s certainly a first rate photographer, and “The Americans” is possibly the best photobook ever made. But, after that it seemed to me that he didn’t achieve much else. He made movies. I watched one of them and didn’t much care for it. And he eventually returned to still photography but without achieving his earlier fame.

So why is he always placed high on a pedestal, almost god-like. What makes him so much better than other famous photographers e.g. Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Walker Evans etc? I still don’t have an answer to that question.

Then I came across this documentary: Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2005), which made Frank more human. At times he could be a bit “curmudgeonly”, but he wasn’t the self-obsessed artist that I thought he would be.

So I think I’ve finally come to terms with Robert Frank: a great photographer who produced one of the greatest photographic works of our time. Does he deserve to be up on the pedestal? I’m not convinced that he does. But he didn’t put himself on the pedestal. His acolytes did so I can hardly blame him can I?

To me Frank is definitely high up in the pantheon of great photographers, but he’s not the only one up there and there may be some who are higher.

I’ve read the book twice and can heartily recommend it.

Terrapin Restaurant, Rhinebeck, NY

This restaurant in located right in the center of Rhinebeck, NY. It’s looks like a church, because once upon a time that’s what it was. According to the restaurant’s website:

Our restaurant is housed in a historic, renovated church building, formerly the First Baptist church of Rhinebeck, constructed circa 1825. The building’s soaring cathedral ceilings and windows offer a unique place for gathering in Rhinebeck.

In 1794, a man named Robert Scott, a cabinet maker and English Wesleyan, sailed to New York City from England. In 1795, persuaded by Margaret Beekman, he and his wife moved to Rhinebeck to open a school. He soon became a Baptist and worship was held in various houses in Rhinebeck Flats, as it was then called.

In 1824, land was donated by Mrs. Janet Montgomery, widow of General Montgomery, to build the first Baptist Church of Rhinebeck. The original church was finished in 1825, and now houses our formal dining room. The two doors which lead into the kitchen were the original entrances, one for women and the other for men. The Pulpit was where the large wooden arches still stand. An addition was added on in 1905, from money donated by Senator William Kelly, which now houses our bistro.

Two restaurants occupied the building prior to Chef Kroner purchasing it in 2003, when he completely renovated the space and moved Terrapin from its original location in West Hurley, NY.

This picture presented a bit of a dilemma. A lot of wires criss cross the frame. I find them distracting, but despite my best efforts I was unable to find an angle which didn’t show them. I could get a lot closer, but then I would be focusing on details and wouldn’t be able to get the view I wanted. Or I could try to remove them in post processing. I don’t usually mind removing a small distracting element, but this seemed a bit much. What if at some point in the future someone came across this image and thought that at the time it was taken there were no wires along Route 9 in Rhinebeck? In the end I decided to leave them in – probably because I’m lazy and it would be just too much trouble to try to take them all out.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.