When you want to photograph in "the street," get close. Get wide angle. Don't think. When what you see is interesting to you, raise the camera quickly and shoot. Don't let yourself filter the scene through yourself, or through what you think will make a good photograph or not. Just push the button. Be close. be wide angle. Don't make eye contact unless someone else does. Then just smile and nod. If they ask, "Did you take my picture?", say "I don't think so.", and move on. Don't think. Just look, and push the button when you're interested. Delete the photographs you don't like. Digital costs nothing. Push the button a lot. Be close. Be wide angle. Don't think. Photographs are not intellectual. They don't tell a story. They are visual, and a language unto themselves. They exist for their own reason. Don't think. Push the button.
- Bill.
“If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough” – Robert Capa
“Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good” – Garry Winograd
“Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.”- Helen Levitt
“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
“I suspect it is for one’s self-interest that one looks at one’s surroundings and one’s self. This search is personally born and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs.” – Lee Friedlander
“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz
“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
-Diane Arbus
“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
-Steve McCurry
“The photograph is completely abstracted from life, yet it looks like life. That is what has always excited me about photography.”
-Richard Kalvar
“I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.”
-Garry Winograd
“You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.”
-Joel Meyerowitz
“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”
-Elliott Erwitt
“Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
-Imogen Cunningham
“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.”
-Bruno Barbey
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
-Henri Cartier-Bresson
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