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

 

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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