Aphorisms #5

My trusted old friend, Nikon F2AS

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”

“Reality offers us such wealths that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify.”

“To take photographs means to recognize-simultaneously and within a fraction of a second-both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

These are some of the thoughts of the father of modern photojurnalism.

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Aphorisms #4

“Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d’etre. The photograph is a fixed moment of such raison d’etre, which lives on in itself.”

“I just walk  around, observing the subject from various angles until the picture elements arrange themselves into a composition that pleases  my eye.”

Andre Kertesz

What is a photograph? Why people photograph? What is the difference between a great capture and a snapshot? Simple questions, not so simple answers. I find that studying great photographers’ pictures and reading their quotes on the topic help to answer these questions.  Any thoughts?

in memory of Andre Kertesz

in memory of Andre Kertesz

Aphorism #3

my dog“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will never bite you. That is the difference between dog and man.”

Mark Twain

Why do our fellow citizens betray us so frequently? Why do we have so few faithful friends? Why do we read about so much human betrayal while turning the pages of our history? I think we can learn a lot from our dogs.

This is my dog, Ficko. Whenever I come home after a hectic, busy day, he greets me and is ready for a nice, relaxing walk.

Tell me about your favorite animal story!