Quotes (1) : Diane Arbus

I have been nominated by fellow photography blogger Angela Furtardo (Shoot’ngo, Adventures in Photography – Angela creates a photo post every day) to take part in a challenge to post my three favourite quotes (one each for three consecutive days). Thanks for the nomination, Angela!

I am not one for quotes, as a rule, but got looking at a few from famous photographers, and thought “why not?” with one caveat. I am meant to nominate 3 bloggers each day to take up the challenge, but like some others, I have decided to throw this open to anyone who wants to have a go… Cheating? Maybe..

Anyway, here is quote number 1, which I only came across recently, but it resonates with the way I am now:

“I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been”
– Diane Arbus

In the past, I just pointed the camera and took photographs. Now, I am trying to improve my skills, and attempting to create my own vision, my own stories, my own atmospheres.

London Midland Scottish circa 1940

London Midland Scottish circa 1940

 

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29 comments

  1. Great quote and image, Sue! And thanks for playing along! Maybe you’ll become a quotes person… 😉

  2. I liked some of Diane’s strange images Sue, and had one of her books of collected photos, later passed on to a friend, as a gift. Have you ever seen this? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0422295/
    it’s quite strange, but there aren’t too many films about photographers.
    Given your liking for subtitles, you might prefer this, one of the best films I can recall in recent years.
    http://aworldoffilm.com/2014/07/18/everlasting-moments-2008-jan-troell-pete-johnson/
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I like your distinct style Sue.

  4. You are, and you seem to be doing a pretty good job of it 🙂

  5. There are some fantastic quotes about Photography. My all time favourite quote is “The eyes are the scouts of the heart”. That is attributed to Joseph Campbell, a US writer, author and mythologist (not sure what a mythologist actually is or does). You might say this isn’t a photographic quote because Joseph isn’t a photographer, but somehow that short phrase summarizes for me so well the link between out innate creativity and our ability to see and capture images.

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