Posts Tagged ‘see’

Quote of the Day

December 26, 2009




The greatest value

of a picture is

when it forces us

to notice what

we never expected

to see.

John W. Tukey

(1915 – 2000)

American Chemist/


Tukey was an pre-computer home-schooled data geek. Check out his bio here:


The following is from Wiki:

“Tukey coined many statistical terms that have become part of common usage, but the two most famous coinages attributed to him were related to computer science.

While working with John von Neumann on early computer designs, Tukey introduced the word “bit” as a contraction of “binary digit”.[2] The term “bit” was first used in an article by Claude Shannon in 1948.

The term “software“, which Paul Niquette claims he coined in 1953, was first used in print by Tukey in a 1958 article in American Mathematical Monthly, and thus some attribute the term to him;[3] incorrectly, according to Niquette’s claim.

[Is anyone else having a problem spacing the lines in their posts, or is it just me??? I keep trying for my usual

“white space” gaps, but the end view never appears as I’ve typed it.]


Quote of the Day

October 26, 2009



My picture-taking and picture-making

are as different as day and night. I

take my pictures quite unconsciously.

I see them in my mind and. . .

it is done without thinking. I feel the

exposure. My only concern is to

be ready for that moment of truth,

always ready to grasp it quickly

before it’s gone, or to wait

patiently until that split-second when it appears.

Nell Dorr


American Photographer 

Quote of the Day

October 25, 2009



I see my photographs as

meditations, it is as simple 

as that. To be understood,

they must be experienced––

felt, seen, known. Consequently,

I often use the medium of the

landscape, for everyone, in some

small way, has some very personal

relation to the land––thus they are

ready (and willing) to come in


to look, if not into, at least at the landscapes I produce. I have

trapped them then!


For if l have made the concept of the photographs strong enough,

the viewer will begin to still himself for, indeed, I make Still

photographs — and with the coming stillness comes the

possibility of a deep meditational understanding and seeing.


And seeing leads to Vision. And my photographs are there

mainly as pointers, indications, of a vision of possibilities

where stillness and silence abound — and where Light is

understood to be a substantial reality.


My photographs are my greatest teachers. It is my hope

that they offer a moment of pleasure to my viewers —

and perhaps a tiny hit of (mutual?) understanding …

but, as always, I have no expectations.


Thomas Joshua Cooper

(1946-    )

American Photographer

Quote of the Day

September 25, 2009




I hope that my photographs bring to the reader what my work brings to me: questions, more questions and a fascination with history. A grower of taro roots in French Polynesia put it this way: “What you want to know nobody knows. What you want to see cannot be seen. It is gone. But please send me your magazine. Maybe your words will tell it, maybe be your pictures will show it.




Gordon Gahan

 (1945 -1984)

American Photographer

Quote of the Day

September 23, 2009





Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.





Walker Evans

(1903 – 1975)

American Photographer

Quote of the Day

August 21, 2009





As I progressed further with my project, it became obvious that it was really unimportant where I chose to photograph. The particular place simply provided an excuse to produce work… you can only see what you are ready to see – what mirrors your mind at that particular time.





George Tice

(1938-     )

American Photographer

Quote of the Day

August 14, 2009



Seeing, in the finest and broadest

sense, means using your senses,

your intellect, and your emotions.

It means encountering your

subject matter with your whole

being. It means looking beyond

the labels of things and

discovering the remarkable

world around you.



Freeman Patterson

(1937 –    )

Canadian Photographer

Quote of the Day

August 7, 2009




The magic of photography

is metaphysical. What you

see in the photograph isn’t

what you saw at the time.

The real skill of photography

is organized visual lying. 





Terence Donovan

(1936 – 1996)

British Photographer & Filmmaker

Quote of the Day

August 1, 2009





Some people look at a picture for thirty seconds, some for years. It doesn’t really matter because a picture is like life. You take out of life as much as you are able to take out of life, just as you take out of a picture as much as you can take out of a picture…





Oliviero Toscani

(1942-    )

Italian Photographer

Quote of the Day

July 28, 2009





Some pictures are tentative forays without your even knowing it. They become methods. It’s important to take bad pictures. It’s the bad ones that have to do with what you’ve never done before. They can make you recognize something you hadn’t seen in a way that will make you recognize it when you see it again.




Diane Arbus


American Photographer