Unfortuantely I have not been doing much shooting the last few weeks, but I do have an interesting project that I am in the process of organizing. Once it goes ahead I will be posting an article about that, but in the mean time here are some quotes by various people on photography that I have found to help me when I have a creative block.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
This has been something I have really been working on for the last 6 months or so, not just trying to capture moments, but actually crafting the images in front of my camera.
“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams
I hardly ever press the shutter button on my camera unless it is to capture an image that I pictured in my mind before the shoot.
“The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in finding new eyes.”– Marcel Proust
I usually return to this quote when I feel like I have been “stuck at home” for too long.
“No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.” ~Edward Steichen
This is why I love to pull out my holga or even my old film cameras to remind myself that you don’t always need the top of the line equipment to take a good photograph.
“ You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” – William Albert Allard
This is exactly what I am always doing, especially when I am shooting an even with a bunch of other photographers. Very rarely will you find me in the media scrum trying to get the same shots as everyone else. I will be the one at the back of the room looking for a different take on the scene or the guy who climbs up the mountain to photograph the ski contest with a wide angle lens while the other photographers are at the bottom of the hill with their long lenses.
And finally my favorite quote at the moment:
Creativity is just everywhere! It’s all a matter of perspective.
Have a good week everyone and remember to always keep your eyes open for those creative moments.