Sunday, September 30, 2012

Capturing souls

"A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety." ~Ansel Adams

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." ~Ansel Adams

"I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help." ~Ruth Bernhard

"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph."
~Richard Avedon

"I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul." ~Mary Ellen Mark

Pretty much the only people I have ever pointed my camera at over the years, have been either my own self, or people I have been in someway connected to personally. Yet long before I got into photography, I recall the many times I would spot a particular stranger in a crowd somewhere, and suddenly find myself wanting to photograph or even paint them. I never did. But I still see those people, and I still get those urges.

I love the quirky and the unusual. The different. The unique. I see their faces, and find them intriguing. Photographing souls. It's a change in direction that I'm very keen now to begin exploring.

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