Quoted: Richard Avedon

In Influences, Quoted by David16 Comments

Richard Avedon, Self Portrait. 1923-2004 “I hate cameras. They interfere, they’re always in the way. I wish: if I could just work with my eyes alone. To get a satisfactory print, one that contains all that you intended, is very often more difficult and dangerous than the sitting itself. When I’m photographing, I immediately know when I’ve got the image …

A Grab Bag

In News & Stuff, Quoted, Resources by David9 Comments

Hey look, it’s an “E”! Speaking of E… This week I launched the fourth in the my eBook series. Chasing The Look is now available. Still for $5. More information HERE. Canon Blogger did an interview with me last week and it’s now live. The audio is a bit low, so you might need to crank it, but it was …

Get A Life.

In Books, Influences, News & Stuff, Quoted, Vision Is Better by David14 Comments

There’s this great story about William Shatner ( aka Capt Kirk aka the Priceline.com guy) at a Star Trek convention. Clearly a bit put off by his fans he yelled at them to “Get a life!” Ok, not much of a story, more like a cautionary tale about biting the hand that feeds you, but I’ve always liked it. And …

Creativity

In Pep Talks, Quoted, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David11 Comments

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. – Edwin Land Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. – Rita Mae Brown Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams A few years ago I had one of those mind-altering epiphanies and before you jump …

Pressfield on Craft

In Quoted, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David0 Comments

“The professional respects his craft. He does not consider himself superior to it. He recognizes the contributions of those who have gone before him. He apprentices himself to them. The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique not because he beleives techinque is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills …

Shut Up and Work?

In Quoted, Vision Is Better by David10 Comments

“A pro views her work as craft not art. Not because she believes art is devoid of mystical dimension. On the contrary. She understands that all creative endeavor is holy, but she doesn’t dwell on it. She knows if she thinks about that too much it will paralyze her. So she concentrates on technique. The professional masters how, and leaves …

For The Joy Of It

In Influences, News & Stuff, Quoted, Resources, Thoughts & Theory by David0 Comments

Near the beginning of my photographic journey I was given two books – both of them by Freeman Patterson. The first I have recommended several times here, Photography and the Art of Seeing, the second is Photography For the Joy of It. Re-reading them now I suspect they are at the very centre of who I’ve become as a photographer. …

Pointing Clearly and Powerfully.

In Influences, Quoted, Rants and Sermons by David10 Comments

I’m giving you another well-deserved break from my rants – not all of which, it seems, have been appreciated by others. I was accused, of all things, this week, of exhibiting sour grapes towards the very people for whom I freely labour by writing this blog. My rant about gear being paramount to vision rubbed some the wrong way. Alas, …

Friday's Resource Roundup

In Quoted, Resources by David3 Comments

It is time again for another hodgepodge of resource, gathered from the far reaches of the cyber galaxy. First, in the interest of keeping as many photographers from bankruptcy and therefore living the dream as long as possible – check out Freelance Switch’s article 10 Items You Absolutely Need For Financial Security. On the same topic, Photopreneur has a post …