The list of photographs that I am missing while I sit on airport runways, teach classes or spend hours in the studio makes my head spin. It’s almost as if I can actually sense all the great pictures that I’m missing at a given moment. It’s times like those that remind me to be very productive when I do get behind-the-camera time.
In so many cases the photograph is a momentary thing that is soon going to change. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. We have to put it in the box when it happens.
Part of what photography does so well is to dispense with preconceived notions, reeducate, and reshape one’s thinking and attitudes about places and things; even history.
The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.
Shoot a lot of pictures. Experiment. Don’t go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting.
Photography is like angling. You get very excited, like a predator, when you discover a big subject and when you are on your own, in the field. It is clear that the subject must be in harmony with your own outlook.
Once the amateur’s naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.