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words of others

A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart ~ Arnold Newman ~

A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity. ~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Photography is the story I fail to put into words. ~ Destin Sparks ~

I have always loved the amateur side of photography, automatic photographs, accidental photographs with uncentered compositions, heads cut off, whatever. I incite people to make their self-portraits. I see myself as their walking photo booth. ~ William Klein ~

Photograph is like a slice of space-time continuum. From different point of view in present time every slice is unique. ~ Dušan Zidar ~

I’m trying to please myself; certainly that’s a big criterion… though in a sense, I don’t take images just for myself. I take images that I think other people will want to see. I don’t take pictures to put in a box and hide them. I want as many people to see them as possible. Mary Ellen Mark ~

The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street. ~ Robert Doisneau

Pure photography allows us to create portraits which render their subjects with absolute truth, truth both physical and psychological. That is the principal which provided my starting point, once I had said to myself that if we can create portraits of subjects that are true, we thereby in effect create a mirror of the times in which those subjects live. ~ August Sander ~

We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on. You go to the end. And someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end. And so on. And somebody else takes their place. ~ Vivan Maier ~

Very old photographs can’t really tell their stories because they have gone with the memories of their owners. They are like vessels adrift after breaking their moorings. Each one of us can let our imagination wander. We can grant them a new story. ~  Kensuke Koike ~

The photographic image…is a message without a code. ~ Roland Barthes ~

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures. ~ Don McCullin

Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing – which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power. Susan Sontag ~

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 ~

The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photograph of herself.  ~  Elizabeth Metcalf ~

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.  Elliott Erwitt ~

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it. ~ Roger Scruton 

Being a photographer is making people look at what I want them to look at.  Ruth Orkin ~

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson ~

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. ~ Diane Arbus ~

The feeling we experience while we look at a picture is not to be distinguished from the picture or from ourselves. The feeling, picture, and ourselves are united in one mystery. ~ Rene Magritte ~

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. ~ Dorothea Lange ~

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world. ~ Arnold Newman ~

A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera ‘saw’ a piece of time and space. ~ Garry Winogrand ~

Photography is a glimpse through the lens, with the possibility ‘to see’ and ‘to learn’ how someone else views the world and finds their order or disorder.  Perhaps aspects of this may become each others adopted – altered view. ~ Ron Wigglesworth ~

photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future. Sally Mann ~

Think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. ~ Paul Lester ~

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” Karl Lagerfeld ~

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. Mahatma Gandhi ~

If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph. ~ Bruce Gilden ~

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Elliott Erwitt ~
~ updated 19-03-01
  1. A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

    ~ Diane Arbus ~

    this sounds true

  2. One more offering for this page…
    “Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking” — Antonio Machado

  3. A book on walking! Will you devote a blog page to this as you develop your ideas? I think it’s a very powerful topic. One further walking-connection thought: tai chi is sometimes called a “walking meditation” and I think that captures an important potential within the apparently simple act of walking. It can help us shed the static generated by all our daily distractions, and quietly deepen our connection with our own true self.

    • wonderful idea…it is a duo narrative inquiry exploring a story of a walker and a story of a person living with SCI…and it is a powerful layered story…and making a about making a post on this would be beneficial…everyday i do walking meditations with my critters in the woods…smiles Penny.

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by and liking some of my pictures! I’m following now, I love your blog -so full of energy and inspiration 🙂
    All the best, Anna

    • thanks Anna having a coffee now following your work…love the clairity of your photos…and blog design…always learning along the way…love to look…thank you kindly for connecting ~ smiles hedy

      • Thank you SO much, it really means a lot! I’m not a professional photographer of any sort, so I was really unsure of how posting my pictures online would turn out -so great to see such kind responses, they make me so happy 🙂
        Oh and I just noticed I meant to post that first comment on your about page but got it wrong somehow and it ended up here, eheh! Keep up the good work, the love and the positive energy! Love, Anna

  5. Sometimes I have taken photographs and felt so excited that I could barely hold the camera steady, and the photo was boring ~Robert Rauschenberg

  6. Your photos are great and I really liked the quotes especially “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” (Henri Cartier-Bresson) It gives me hope that I’ll get better!

  7. Interested and intrigued by your blog. It’s very impressive and content-ful! Looking forward to your next posts. Please follow back if you will. Thank you!

  8. Pleased to have found your blog and I look forward to more visits. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

  9. I liked many of these Hedy. I find irony in these.We use words to describe a photograph that describes our world.
    If you consider one of your photos as a gem,we each fashion our own unique necklace.

    • I agree Wayne titles and words around visual creations often take away for me 🤓 and yes I wear my camera as a necklace…and I agree we each create our gems…and I’ve love your daredevil…our daughter has moved to the west coast I will get to Torino yet! Compose more beauty Wayne have a beautiful day ☺️ smiles Hedy 😀

  10. Perhaps my favorite (though a tough choice):
    “Photography is the story I fail to put into words. ~ Destin Sparks ~”

    • It works well for me too Gunta…I make meaning visually…and I wish I have been given a camera instead of a pencil in grade school…thanks kindly for checking out my pages 🤓🙏🕊have a snappy day ~ smiles hedy☺️✨

  11. I like that- “a SNAPPY day’!!! 😉
    (just now figured out how to sign up for notifications when you post!) A bit slow at times! 🙄

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