We can always use several short inspirational quotes about photography, can’t we?
As a bonus, these quotes can inform our lives in positive ways. You’ll be able to see why as someone who does night photography and long exposure, I might gravitate toward some of these.
However, all of us can be inspired by them. They can make our holidays more joyful. Perhaps if we embrace them, they can make our lives more joyful and meaningful.
“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey
On average, 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook each day. Almost all of these illustrate what a thing, person, place, or cat looks like. We have a glut of these. What we might find beautiful is if more of us photographed how we feel.
Whether it’s a mood or passage of time or interpretation, inspiration, insight or emotion, this is what so often connects us to one another.
“Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities.” – Michael Kenna
As a night photographer, this rings so true, as we so often show a distinct passage of time and a light painting performance that will never occur again. But regardless, whether we are capturing a birthday, a wedding, a celebration, a football game, a street scene or anything else, we have a moment frozen in time. But within that moment, there are so many ways to view things. And to interpret them and impart how it felt.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange
I have said so often to people that I appreciate everything around me because of photography. This is its gift to me.
As many of you who read this regularly know, I often create night photos of abandoned cars, buildings and more, that which society has discarded. But because of photography, I find the beauty in these castoffs. I also value the looks of trees, stones, skies and more like I never did before.
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” – Susan Sontag
This beautiful quote from Susan Sontag is cut from the same cloth as the first quote from David Alan Harvey. As humans, we so often are inundated with photos that show how something appears. What we often crave is interpretation, feeling and emotion. We wish to connect.
“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
I have a feeling that a few street, event, and travel photographers may be slowly nodding their heads.
More than a few of us photographers may be introverts. But for many of us, hand us a camera. We are empowered. This camera gives us a license to approach, interact and connect.
But even for those of us who photograph in nature, the camera becomes a reason to interact with the environment. We lose the hours to our creativity, wandering, exploring, admiring, thinking, feeling and creating.