Here is a place that I have dedicated to where I source a little of my inspiration from and in doing so I hope it can do the same for you. I hope you too gain inspiration from this collection of quotes that have had a profound impact on my own journey.
”What is happening behind the camera is more important than what is happening in front of the camera.”
”Look beyond the obvious. Point left when all the others point right. Embrace the unexpected. Shoot from the heart and keep an open mind. Go out when the others stay in. Don’t look with your eyes, but with your mind. Create your own style and continue to develop it.”
“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.”
"When photographers begin their journey, they are inspired to follow the lead of others, but at some point we owe it to ourselves to break away and to apply more of our own thinking and philosophy to our work. It's only by this process that we can establish ourselves as artists".
"I first fell in love with photography because it allowed me the opportunity to show people how I saw the world. Whether they shared my vision wasn't so much the point; what I loved was the chance to communicate it."
“The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act.”
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
“The world doesn't need another Ansel Adams. The world needs you.”
“Every process involved in producing an artistic work should be an expression of your soul”
“Love your calling with passion, it is the meaning of your life.”
"How an image is made is not the most important thing. It´s the final image and the impact that it has on others that is more meaningful to me.”
"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others”
"And it was there. Deep down in my own personal abyss I found what art is to me. As a sort of therapy I started creating pictures. I stopped trying to make what I thought was “art” or “good photography” to others and made pictures just for me, because I needed to. I stopped caring about what other people might think of my work and stopped playing it safe.”
“The task is not so much to see what no one has seen but to think what no one has thought about that which everyone sees."
“When we look at our photographs and find not the slightest reflection of ourselves, it is a good sign that our images have lost their souls.”
“Learning to see is not about having open eyes; it’s about having an open mind.”
“You yourself are unique-you have ways of seeing your world that are unlike those of anyone else. So find ways to more faithfully express that, and your style will emerge.”
“The real failure is to rob this world of the contribution only you can make, and to fail to make work that truly gives you that 'this is what I was created to do' feeling that has no equal.”
“Vision is the beginning and end of photography. It’s the thing that moves you to pick up the camera, and it determines what you look at and what you see when you do. It determines how you shoot and why. Without vision, the photographer perishes.”
“I do recall thinking early on that the detail of an Ansel Adams shot was boring to me—almost too technically perfect to be interesting. That kind of work is the goal of most landscape photographers, so the number of competing images is ridiculous, and they all end up looking like each other. I wanted to be able to enter a landscape with a different goal—that of interpretation rather than duplication.”
"As photographers we are creative and we bring our own vision to what we see and do. We are not ‘photocopiers’; we are not there to just make a Xerox copy of what we see. I like to think that the photographer can be a ‘part’ of the photograph in the sense that the photographer contributes their own unique vision of the scene."
“Your Creative Life Purpose is to discover your voice. Your life's work is to develop it. Your life's meaning is to communicate it.”
“No artist tolerates reality”