Inspirational Fragments And Quotations
 

Your Lens

Your lens lends you a hand over time.
Pale Polaris and misty moon you freeze.
They're captured by the lightest squeeze
In a powerful picture placed by your eye.
On midnight walks, the shadows swallow,
And solemn silhouettes mourn tomorrow.
I think you do service, for sighing stars;
For dying night, in a click, becomes immortal.


~

Emily Baldwin for my birthday 2014


At Night

Sunk deep in the night
I sink in the night
Standing alone underneath the sky
I feel the chill of ice
On my face
I watch the hours go by

The hours go by ....

You sleep
Sleep in a safe bed
Curled and protected
Protected from sight
Under a safe roof
Deep in your house
Unaware of the changes at night


~

Lyrics: Robert Smith


"Forgetting our divine origin,
We become ensnared in the world of change"


~

From "The Upanishads" translated by Eknath Easwaran


"Then, a cloud slid off the face of the moon, and there was a little light, she could see the grey trunks of the old fruit trees and the bunched tops of the elms. There was no colour, but there were shapes."

~

Susan Hill from "In The Springtime Of The Year"


"In my London by night subjects I generally found a spot where I could place my camera, or some handy railings, like those of Leicester Square, on to which I could strap it.   Sometimes I would take my whole-plate camera tripod and rest it on that, but useful places like the parapet of the Thames Embankment or the back of a seat were generally sufficient ....

.... I could not help noticing the effect of the reflected lights on the pavement.    I was always looking out for new ideas, so the next wet night I was on the Embankment with my (camera) and my whole-plate tripod upon which I could rest it.   The only people about were on the seats, London's outcasts, and I was fortunate enough to be able to make a trial exposure of about ten minutes.   When I developed the plate I found that the exposure was not far out, but the halation of the simple gas jets was something tremendous, like Saturn's rings, and all down the roadway were dozens of streamers, produced by any vehicle carrying a lighted lamp, although the lamps were only lit by a candle ....

When I visited the Royal Photographic Society's exhibition I was surprised to find two extra large enlargements of my London by gaslight series made by the Autotype Company. When my slides were put on the screen each evening most people remarked, "An absolute fake!" ....

At that time people had not forgotten the Fenian outrages that had taken place around Westminster, so that I excited a certain amount of curiosity, not to say suspicion. When I was making my first exposure on the Embankment in the pouring rain a bulky City policeman all complete with beard approached me and said "What are you supposed to be doing?" "Taking a photograph," I answered. "What!" he exclaimed. "At this time of night and in this rain?" "Yes," I replied. "That's why I am taking it."  He said nothing more but stood by with his arms folded under his huge cape and just slightly nodding his head, as much as to say, "Poor fellow! No doubt queer in the head!" As each cab passed my hand would shoot out and remain in front of the lens until it had passed.   This no doubt puzzled him very much, so he went and leant against the parapet for support, keeping a watch on me all the time .... Then I grabbed my camera and tripod and made towards Waterloo Bridge.   After I had covered about 200 yards I turned round so as to have a final look at him.   To my great surprise he was not more than 30 feet away, so I put on the pace and reached Waterloo Bridge first, this being, I believe, outside the City boundary and his beat. When I was doing Trafalgar Square they never interfered, but they nevertheless kept a sharp eye on me. The picture of the lion at the base of Nelson's Column, with Whitehall in the background, shows just by the lion's paw a policeman's helmet .....

Being at a friend's house one evening and noticing a slight fall of snow with the moonlight shining on it, I rushed home and got my (camera).   I made for Wandsworth Common, but there was nothing worth wasting a plate on there. However, in the distance I saw some lights.   It was the Surrey Tavern in the Trinity Road.   The next thing was to find a suitable foreground.   There it was, just a solitary tree, so I got my camera, rested it on the tripod stand and surveyed the scene.   It was 10.30 pm, freezing hard, and the moon was full.   I had once read of somebody taking a moonlight effect of the Alps with a one-hour exposure, so I decided to give this one hour .... I was nearly frozen stiff, so I started to run round the bushes away from the camera"

~

Paul Martin from "Victorian Snapshots", Country Life Limited 1939
 


"PR: Are you shooting any series or themes?

SH: I don't approach it that way. Light varies so greatly that you'd be extremely limited if you want to keep it unified in a tight thematic way. "Aberrant light," lighting that is out of the ordinary, is as much of a theme as I pursue

PR: Do you think that poses a problem in exhibiting your work?

SH: Yes it does. Curators and critics get very uptight with eclectic vision. They're much more comfortable with themes, when they see you are following something right down the line, when you've done it a number of times. The continuity makes it easier to judge. If you've done it ten times, they can say "that person does such-and-such" and write about it more "knowledgeably". There's a natural insecurity involved that makes it harder to approach work with a broader base. What's wrong with "experiments in night photography"? If your exposures go from a 1/4th of a second to five hours, exploring aberrant lighting, that's a rather incredible theme, isn't it! But the concept is hard to handle critically. If you don't have a theme, and work in varied circumstances, your view is considered eclectic. Those kind of people don't become recognized until after they're dead. Then they publish the images one at a time and think they're sensational"

~

Steve Harper, Photo Metro Interview By Paul Raedeke, March 1983
 


Lumber (excerpt)

"Full moon, the hills are flying
Orion like a kite,
I feel the tug of silver"


~

Isobel Thrilling from "Chemistry of Angels"



"There were as many as the waves that roll in from the Libyan ocean when fierce Orion is sinking into the winter sea"

~

Virgil from "The Aeneid", Book 7, translated by David West



"The stars are really as much a part of us as our beautiful rolling countryside, our mountains, rivers, and cities. We take pictures of all these, so why not take pictures of the stars?"

~

R. Newton Mayall & Margaret W. Mayall from
"Skyshooting - Photography for Amateur Astronomers"



"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are."

"I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new."

~

Ernst Haas



The Sleeper (excerpt)

"At midnight, in the month of June,
I stand beneath the mystic moon
An opiate vapor, dewy, dim
Exhales from out her golden rim"


~

Edgar Alan Poe



"Though my soul may set in darkness
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night"


~

Sarah Williams from "The Old Astronomer to his Pupil"



"O how healthy, how pleasant, and how sweet it is to sit in solitude, to be silent and to talk with God!"

~

Thomas a Kempis



"I felt like I was at the end of a thin cord that could be cut at any time. It was precarious but yet I felt comfortable. I felt something other than what we can visually sense"

~

Jim Irwin (Lunar Module Pilot Apollo 15)



"What are you looking at? What are you looking through? You can call it the universe, but it's the infinity of space and the infinity of time"

~

Eugene Cernan (Commander Apollo 17)



"The hardest thing in photography is to create a simple image"

~

Anne Geddes



"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world"

~

Oscar Wilde



"We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time
"

~

T S Eliot



"For now we see through a glass, darkly"

~

1 Corinthians, xiii, 12



"For many commentators ... the condition of simultaneously being of the past and appearing in the present - defines the photograph as a melancholic form ... "

~

Steve Edwards, from "Photography, A Very Short Introduction" Oxford University Press 2006



"Palmer had not yet turned four at the time and had still been living in Surrey Square where, tucked up in bed on a winter night, he remembered lying wakefully, watching the moon rising through the bare elm branches, floating away into a deep violet dusk. Its silvery light flooded into his room. Palmer gazed at the shadows that were cast by the trees, at their shapes fiddling and tangling upon painted walls ...

... Shadows for him accrued a soulful new resonance from then on, conjuring not just an awareness of life's fragile mysteries but also a wistful yearning for a greater reality beyond"

~

Rachel Campbell-Johnston, from "Mysterious Wisdom - The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer" Bloomsbury 2011



"What struck (Alan Bean) when he returned from Deep Space was the movement and change all around us here, where in space you just have "a sunny day then a sunny night then a sunny day then a sunny night".   He remembers going to the shopping centre two or three times after splashdown and just sitting there eating an ice cream cone and watching the people go by, as thrilled and fascinated by this sight as by anything he'd seen on the surreal adventure"

~

Andrew Smith, from "Moondust - In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth" Bloomsbury 2005


"More heavenly than those glittering stars we hold
the Eternal eyes which the Night hath opened within us"


~

Novalis from "Hymns to the Night"
 


"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera"

"Every image he sees, every photograph he takes, becomes in a sense a self-portrait"

"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind"

~

Dorothea Lange
 


Three quotations from James Attlee

A.

"If you sit in a garden as dusk falls you will notice the colour leaching out of the flowers; the eye's sensitivity to greens and blues is enhanced while its sensitivity to red decreases, a reversal of daylight vision knows as the Purkinje shift.   Just as in a black and white photograph, the lack of colour visible by moonlight makes the architectural structure of the landscape more apparent"

B.

"(Thoreau) brought his keen eye to bear on the visual appearance of the nocturnal world in his essay 'Night and Moonlight'.

The leaves of the shrub-oak are shining as if a liquid were flowing over them.   The pools seen through the trees are as full of light as the sky ...   All white objects are more remarkable than by day.   A distant cliff looks like a phosphorescent space on a hillside.   The woods are heavy and dark.   Nature slumbers.   You see the moonlight reflected from particular stumps in the recesses of the forest, as if she selected what to shine on.

As light fades in the New England woods, Thoreau's eyes switch from photopic (cone) to scotopic (rod) vision.   White and silver features assume a new importance by moonlight as he loses the ability to discern colours in his surroundings"

C.

"My search for moonlight has taken me across the world and out into my own back garden"

 ~

James Attlee, from "Nocturne - A Journey in Search of Moonlight" Penguin Books 2012


"Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it"

~

Ralph Waldo Emerson


"And if you gaze for long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you"

~

Friedrich Nietzsche


"Let us be going, for the night wanes and dawn is at hand.   The stars have gone forward, two-thirds of the night are already spent, and the third is alone left us"

~

Homer, Iliad Book X, translated by Samuel Butler


"The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money"

~

Plautus


"Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art"

~

Paul Theroux


"The unconscious obsession that we photographers have is that wherever we go we want to find the theme that we carry inside ourselves"

~

Graciela Iturbidee


"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep"

~

Scott Adams


"Night was come, and her planets were risen: a safe, still night: too serene for the companionship of fear"

~

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


"Every time I see a crowd of photographers surrounding a subject my impulse is to go in the opposite direction"

~

Ignacio Aronovich


"The moon develops the imagination, as chemicals develop photographic images"

~

Sheila Ballantyne


"O night, O sweetest time, though black of hue,
with peace you force all the restless work to end;
those who exalt you see and understand,
and he is sound of mind who honours you"


~

Michelangelo


"Photography makes one conscious of beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things, even in what is often considered commonplace or ugly. Yet nothing is really 'ordinary’, for every fragment of the world is crowned with wonder and mystery, and a great and surprising beauty"

~

Alvin Langdon Coburn


"When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be
neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be
less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people
were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene"


~

Jane Austen


"You are lucky if you take one, maybe two good pictures in a year"

~

Thomas Hoepker


"The most difficult thing is what is thought to be the simplest; to really see the things which are before your eyes"

~

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


"The night sky is only a sort of carbon paper,
Blueblack, with the much-poked periods of stars
Letting in the light, peephole after peephole -
A bonewhite light, like death, behind all things"


~

Sylvia Plath, Selected Poems


"The photographic image... is a message without a code"

"Photography has something to do with resurrection"

"From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star"

~

Roland Barthes


"Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark"

~

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Teibele And Her Demon


"The photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts"

~

Walker Evans


"All that I have achieved are these dreams locked in silver"

~

Paul Caponigro


"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men
believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of
the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these
envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile"


~

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays


"Photography can strip from the world that spiritual dust and grime with which our eyes have covered it"

~

Alfred Bazin


"There were once two sisters
who were not afraid of the dark
because the dark was full of the other's voice
across the room,
because even when the night was thick
and starless
they walked home together from the river
seeing who could last the longest
without turning on her flashlight,
not afraid
because sometimes in the pitch of night
they'd lie on their backs
in the middle of the path
and look up until the stars came back
and when they did,
they'd reach their arms up to touch them
and did"


~

Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere


"Photography is like life... What does it all mean? I don't know - but you get an impression, a feeling...."

~

Leonard Freed


"You know what the best part of the stars is?"
"What's that?"
"They're the same no matter what sky you're standing under. I
mean...yeah, they might move or look like they're in a different place,
but they're the same stars."
"Yeah? So?"
"So even if you're apart from someone you want to be with, you can look
up at the stars and know they're looking at the same ones"


~

Megan Hart, Deeper


"Photography is nothing - it's life that interests me"

~

Henri Cartier-Bresson


"Photography is a literature of light"

~

Moses Oliver


"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"

~

Alfred Eisenstaedt


"Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it"

~

Confucius


"I just want to do my own thing. If people like my work, all the better. If they don't, too bad"

~

Ralph Gibson


"Q: Why do I love thee, O Night?
A: Because you know I will never answer"


~

Vera Nazarian


"Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand"

~

Margaret Bourke-White


"You have to hurry up if you want to see something, everything disappears"

~

Paul Cezanne


"A photograph is an opportunity to glimpse the interior of its creator"

~

Christine Burgoyne


"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs"

~

Ansel Adams


"Photography is a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing"

~

John Szarkowski


"What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time"

~

John Berger


"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man"

~

Edward Steichen


"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary"

~

David Bailey


"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


"Night does not show things, it suggests them. It disturbs and surprises us with its strangeness. It liberates forces within us which are dominated by our reason during the daytime"

~

Brassaï


"Yet it sometimes happens, perhaps because of the very real aesthetic appeal of astronomy and the almost incomprehensible vastness of the Universe, that the more solidly practical and duller mentalities tend to see the study as an "escape from reality" - surely one of the most thoroughly lop-sided views ever propounded.   The knowledge obtained from astronomy has always been, and will continue to be, of the greatest practical value.   But, this apart, only the most myopic minds could indentify "reality" solely with the doings of man on this planet.   Contemporary civilization, whatever its advantages and achievements, is characterized by many features which are, to put it very mildly, disquieting; to turn from this increasingly artificial and strangely alien world is to escape from unreality; to return to the timeless world of the mountains, the sea, the forest, and the stars is to return to sanity and truth"

~

Burnham's Celestial Handbook


"Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art. Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos. An ugly or grotesque subject may be moving because it has been dignified by the attention of a photographer. A beautiful subject can be the object of rueful feelings, because it has aged or decayed or no longer exists. All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person's (or thing's) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt"

~

Susan Sontag, "On Photography"


"The moon in its first quarter, when it rises at four or five o'clock in the evening, is bright, cheerful, silvery; but in the last quarter, when it rises after midnight, it is copper-coloured, gloomy and foreboding .... Anyone given to going out much at night must have noticed this.   The first quarter's cresent, even when slender as a thread, sheds a faint but cheerful gleam, at which the heart lifts, and throws clearly defined shadows on the ground; the last quarter's crescent gives a feeble, fitful light, so dim that it casts almost no shadow"

~

Guy de Maupassant


"The spiritual world is such an immediate and compelling reality that the indigenous peoples believe it must once have been more accessible to human beings.   In every culture, we find the myth of a lost paradise, in which humans lived in close and daily contact with the divine.   They were immortal, and lived in harmony with one another, with animals and with nature.   At the centre of the world there was a tree, a mountain or a pole, linking earth and heaven, which people could easily climb to reach the realm of the gods.   Then there was a catastrophe: the mountain collapsed, the tree was cut down, and it became more difficult to reach heaven.   The Story of the Golden Age, a very early and almost universal myth, was never intended to be historical.   It springs from a strong experience of the sacred that is natural to human beings, and expresses their tantalising sense of a reality that is tangible and only just out of reach ....

Today we separate the religious from the secular.   This would have been incomprehensible to the Paleolithic hunters, for whom nothing was profane. Everything they saw or experienced was transparent to its counterpart in the divine world .... When you contemplated any earthly object, you were therefore in the presence of its heavenly counterpart .... the purpose of a myth was to make people more fully conscious of the spiritual dimension that surrounded them an all sides and was a natural part of life"

~

Karen Armstrong "A Short History Of Myth"


"Because the real problem here is that we are all dying.   All of us.   Every day the cells weaken and the fibres stretch and the heart gets closer to its last beat.   The real cost of living is dying, and we're spending days like millionaires: a week here, a month there, casually spunked until all you have left are the two pennies on your eyes"

~

Caitlin Moran "How To Be A Woman"


A man sets out to draw the world.
As the years go by, he peoples a space
with images of provinces,
kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships,
islands, fishes, rooms, instruments,
stars, horses, and individuals.
A short time before he dies,
he discovers that the patient labyrinth
of lines traces the lineaments
of his own face"


I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does"

~

Jorge Luis Borges


"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


"My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it"

~

Sam Abell


"I don't photograph the world as it is.   I photograph the world as I would like it to be"

~

Monte Zucker


"Wheels within wheels in a spiral array,
A pattern so grand and complex
Time after time we lose sight of the way,
Our causes can't see their effects

 . . . . .

Art as expression
Not as market campaigns
Will still capture our imaginations"


~

Rush "Natural Science"


"Why is Form beautiful? Because, I think, it helps us confront our worst fear, the suspicion that life may be chaos and that therefore our suffering is without meaning"

~

Robert Adams


"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it"

~

Buddha


"As I progressed further with my project, it became obvious that it was really unimportant where I chose to photograph. The particular place simply provided an excuse to produce work... you can only see what you are ready to see - what mirrors your mind at that particular time"

~

George Tice


"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"

~

Henry Thoreau


"The camera is a fluid way of encountering that other reality"

~

Jerry Uelsmann


"By night, an atheist half believes in God"

~

Edward Young


"Moonlight is sculpture"

~

Nathaniel Hawthorne


"What I take from my nights, I add to my days"

~

Leon de Rotrou


"This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,
And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars"


~

Anna Letitia Barbauld,
A Summer Evening's Meditation


"Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity"

~

Henry Beston


"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders"

~

Edward Plunkett


"Someday, when you both have cars and are driving at night, you can remember as you pass the woods in May, that many baby horned owls are turning their heads as you go by"

~

Frances Hamerstrom - "Walk When The Moon Is Full"


"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


"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything"

~

Aaron Siskind


"Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be"

~

Duane Michals


"I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting"

~

Harry Callahan


"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting"

~

E. E. Cummings


"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently"

~

Bill Watterson


"I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything"

~

Lawrence Durrell


"I have long thought that anyone who does not regularly - or ever - gaze up and see the wonder and glory of a dark night sky filled with countless stars loses a sense of their fundamental connectedness to the universe"

~

Brian Greene


"I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree"

~

Georgia O'Keeffe


"We have the capacity to receive messages from the stars and the songs of the night winds"

~

Ruth St. Denis


"What worse illness can there be than acute conventionality. You should pray every night that you don't wake up with it"

~

George Weinberg


"The word “photography” has its roots in Greek, roughly translating to “writing of light.” Just as text is most interesting when free of superfluous words, photography using little light is often the most intriguing. Night photographers, consequently, are some of the most captivating “writers” in the medium."

~

kkwu from K3N’s blog


"The gray sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low:
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep"


~

Robert Browning, "Meeting At Night"


"So when my feeble sun of life burns out,
And sounded is the hour for my long sleep,
I shall, full weary of the feverish light,
Welcome the darkness without fear or doubt,
And heavy-lidded, I shall softly creep
Into the quiet bosom of the Night"


~

James Weldon Johnson, "Mother Night"


"Twelve o’clock.   
Along the reaches of the street   
Held in a lunar synthesis,   
Whispering lunar incantations   
Dissolve the floors of memory           
And all its clear relations,   
Its divisions and precisions.   
Every street lamp that I pass   
Beats like a fatalistic drum,   
And through the spaces of the dark           
Midnight shakes the memory"


~

T. S. Eliot, "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"


"The shades of night have fallen now,
But clear and full shines out the moon,
And by its side there gleams a star"


~

Mary Morgan, "A Revery"


".... we're being pulled through time against our will toward death"

~

Jonathan Wegener


"It is, however, necessary to combine the two things, solitude and the crowd, and to have recourse to them alternately; the former will make us long for people, the latter for ourselves, and the one will be a cure for the other: our distaste for the crowd will be cured by solitude, our boredom with solitude by the crowd"

~

Seneca


 "The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Night time is womb time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night."

~

John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom


"What's really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer."

~

William Albert Allard


"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

~

Albert Einstein


"And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us."

~

Pablo Neruda


"Metaphor for the night sky: A trillion asterisks and no explanations."

~

Robert Brault


 "The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world."

~

Ralph Waldo Emerson


"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day."

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."

~

Vincent Van Gogh


"The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist."

~

Ernest Hemingway


"Night falling on the city
Quite something to behold
Don’t it just look so pretty
This disappearing world"


~

David Gray


"No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep."

~

Unknown


"Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars."

~

Serbian Proverb


"The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words."

~

Elliott Erwitt


"Only photograph what you love."

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Tim Walker


"Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is."

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Anonymous


"A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a persons life that reveal greater truths."

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Anonymous


"Photography has nothing to do with cameras."

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Lucas Gentry


"I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse."

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Diane Arbus


"The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation."

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Susan Meiselas


"When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things."

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W
ynn Bullock


"It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours."

~

James Lairopui Keivom



"Figure 48b. Avebury Cosmology 2.  Over the course of a winter night 3300-2500 BCE, the Northern and Southern Cross, the pointers to the Poles, both in the Milky Way, corresponded along the main alignment of the henge.   Alpha and beta Centauri rose with Crux over Waden Hill as Cygnus made its 'Underworld passage' below the northern bank of the henge.   These horizontal movements would have emphasized not only the axial symmetry of the North and South Celestial Poles, the axis mundi, but also the mirroring by the monument of the circle of the Milky Way.   As Cygnus made its deepest descent at midnight, Ursa Major, the Great Bear, approached the top of the North Pole.

Figure 48c. Avebury Cosmology 3.   Each night around 3000 BCE, as Cygnus reappeared in the northeast and Crux began to set toward the south, the Milky Way rose in the east to lie horizontally over the entire bank of the henge .... the symbolism of the monument as centre of earth and the heavens was completed by the horizontal ring of the galaxy"

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Nicholas R Mann - Avebury Cosmos, 2011, pp 229-230, ISBN 978 1 84694 680 6


"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable"

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Robert Henri


"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist"

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Pablo Picasso


"Art is a marriage of the conscious and unconscious"

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Jean Cocteau


"Photography is the medium in which we unconsciously encounter the dead. Yet, herein lies photography’s hidden truth. Photographs are not signs of presence but evidence of absence."

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Jay Prosser - "Light in the Dark Room: Photography and Loss"


"There is no doubt [for me] that many photographers share a preoccupation with longing. They grapple to understand longing through the act of photography because it is a reproductive media with the ability to romanticize. Photography is subjective and on the extremity can produce fictional representation as metaphors for longing. Through any artistic act; memories can be embellished to achieve a dramatized new reality. Photography is a media with the ability to render a convincing picture of reality when in fact it is anything but [real]."

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Alexis Clements