Posts Tagged ‘truth’

Quote of the Day

January 2, 2010

You see fleeting perfection of form merging with a significant substance, and you make a clicking noise only a hair’s breadth away. You have then judged something, reported something, ostensibly truthfully… And when you made a clicking noise you said something eloquently if you are skilled.

Burk Uzzle

(1938 –    )

American Photographer

Burk is the guy who took a bunch of Woodstock pics.

From Boing Boing:

“Burk Uzzle shot the festival from the vantage point of a participant. In one particularly telling photograph, a sea of humanity as dense as a carpet of wildflowers in a meadow spills over a hillside; in another, a young hippie couple standing in a tender embrace under a grandmother’s quilt became the icon of a generation. Rather than document the music, Uzzle chose to focus on details of living, existence, and enjoyment over that three day period. In so doing, he captured the spirit of the festival and ultimately an era.”


And here’s the story behind one well-known Woodstock photo:



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 7, 2009



Life appears always fully present . . .

a brief weary smile, a twitch of the

hand, the fugitive pour of sun

through clouds. And not a tool, save

the camera, is capable of registering

such complex ephemeral responses,

and expressing the full majesty of

the moment. The impressionists tried

in vain to achieve the notation.


For, consciously or unconsciously, what they were striving to demonstrate

with their effects of light was the truth of moments; impressionism has ever

sought to fix the wonder of the here, the now. But the momentary effects of

lighting escaped them while they were busy analyzing; and their ‘impression’

remains usually a series of impressions superimposed one upon the other.

Stieglitz was better guided. He went directly to the instrument made for him. 


express, full, majesty,

Paul Leopold Rosenfeld

(1890 – 1946)

American Journalist & Music Critic

Quote of the Day

August 20, 2009



Art presents to us what we may

call the emotional or intellectual

truth; photography the material

truth. Art has taught us to feel

emotions in the presence of a

work that represents the emotions

experienced by the artist.

Photography teaches us to realize

and feel our own emotions.



Marius De Zayas


Mexican artist, writer & art gallery owner

Poem: The Present Perfect

August 18, 2009

The Present Perfect -- clipart


                               The world waits, and bends to us,

                               or we bend to its waiting –


                               truth and the antithesis of truth;

                               the equivalents of motes (dust)


                               and the drench that absolves

                               dust, absorbs it, makes it more


                               than it once was, a desert

                               without bloom, without the plumes


                               of moisture that might deliver

                               us, names and the echo of names,


                               place and the presence in each

                               of purest absence, the song


                               we deliver as beads sheet down.




                                                                 ©  Diane Beaty 


Please note: The poem in this post is my work, the accompanying

photo is a clipart piece.

Quote of the Day

August 16, 2009





The picture… will reveal a truth of fact, of feeling, of experience, of aesthetic power, of form, of life itself – and this not only to you but also to one or all who look at it. The picture may even tell different things to different people – but it will tell. This may be a yardstick for the quality of your photograph.




Tim Gidal

(1909 – 1996)

German-born Israeli Photojournalist

Quote of the Day

August 2, 2009



Photography is the only

“language” understood in all

parts of the world, and

bridging all nations and

cultures, it links the family

of man. Independent of

political influence – where

people are free – it reflects

truthfully life and events,

allows us to share in the

hopes and despair of others,

and illuminates political

and social conditions. We become the eye-witnesses of the

humanity and inhumanity of mankind.


Helmut Gernsheim


German-born Photohistorian & Photographer

Quote of the Day

July 6, 2009



The material of the artist lies not

within himself nor in the

fabrications of his imagination,

but in the world around him.


The element which gives life to

the great Picassos and Cezannes,

to the paintings of Van Gogh,

is the relationship of the artist

to context, to the truth of the real



It is the way he sees this world and translates

it into art that determines whether the work

of art becomes a new and active force within

reality, to widen and transform man’s



The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found

anywhere far from where he lives or a few

feet away. It is always on his doorstep.



Paul Strand


American Photographer & Filmmaker

Quote of the Day

May 23, 2009






If there were only

one truth, you couldn’t 

paint a hundred 

canvases on the

same theme. 



Pablo Picasso


Spanish Painter and Sculptor