While most photographers can’t wait to get to Yosemite or some grand vista, I am quite happy at the city dump. This is an old shipping container splattered with paint, years of dirt and more paint and then this beautiful weed. I could ask for no more.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness. - St. Augustine
The camera does not lie, I have seen dragons in all their wrath.
Come not between the dragon, and his wrath. - WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear
Which was my eye drawn to first; the Mondrianesque stained glass window or the shadows from the overhanging roof tiles? I believe that intuition was at work here saying this is an image you must take home. It is something that happens in a fraction of a second.
"Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture."- Piet Mondrian
This photograph was pure luck; I never have my camera on motor-drive. So to capture the moment of touch down with one claw and wings folded up, that’s pure luck. But there is something to be said for being prepared.
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. - Henri Cartier Bresson
I saw this guy at the Amador County Fair and he brought a smile to my face and continues to do so every time I look at this photograph.
“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
― Oscar Wilde
While other photographers are happy in the grand landscape, finding something like this old glove makes my heart race. I found this glove so wonderful, that I brought it home; I hope someone won’t miss it.
“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody's gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.”
― Whoopi Goldberg
The shadows cast onto the sidewalk created a better photograph in my mind’s eye than the real thing.
Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today. - Edward Abbey
When I photographed this window it was the broken leaning piece of glass that caught my eye, but on further viewing, I saw the profile of a person wearing a baseball cap.
If you look very intensely and slowly, things will happen that you never dreamed of before. – Aaron Siskind
A beautiful simple shape with many years of paint to add to the gesture.
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” – Plato
Finding this old broken window was such a delight that I lost myself for some time while I tried to find the best gesture.
“Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.” – Walker Evans
A straight print of a rock formation, just dodging and burning and contrast adjustment. I see no need for fancy software to distort reality, when nature is far more creative than any artist has ever been.
“You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth.” – Annie Leibovitz
When I photograph something I usually have pretty good idea in my mind of what I am after in a final image. But on occasion I can be very surprised. The wall and window in front of me held an air of mystery for me and I was very surprised and pleased at the outcome.
Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That and surprise. – Julia Cameron
You just have to wonder why the two windows have the drapes closed.
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” - Thoreau
While raking leaves for the compost pile, this leaf stood out and said save me.
I photographed it against a white piece of mat board and then applied textures for the background.
You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adam
An old dilapidated venetian blind, the cords rotted away. To me it felt like a musical score.
I am not interested in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new. - Ernst Haas