Posts Tagged ‘Dorothea Lange’

Two sides

"While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see." - Dorothea Lange

There are two sides to a good photograph: the visible and the invisible. As to which of those two ultimately beckons the artist to poise his camera and click on the shutter, we may never know. Unlike the sides of a coin, pictures don’t need flipping. Their dimensions overlap and fade into each other in […]


Photographing preconceptions

"To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false." - Dorothea Lange

Don’t be afraid to go outside without a plan in mind. Starting with a clean slate allows sufficient space for reality to blend with imagination. A lens that is misty with the photographer’s clouded thoughts can hardly capture anything honest, clear or genuine..


Stricken blind

"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind." - Dorothea Lange

Develop the habit of becoming a bottomless receptacle for beauty and wonder. Relish every memory such that it is not tarnished by the passing of time or circumstance. Only then can your stories grow more beautiful every time they are told and  your photographs grow more vivid every every time they are viewed..


Possibilities

"Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities." - Dorothea Lange

We can look at one thing a thousand different ways in order to deliver a thousand different messages. Angle, distance, depth and exposure and all their possible combinations punctuate the story we wish to tell. What makes an artist different from the rest is his ability to notice and see value in what others can […]


Suspended silence

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." - Dorothea Lange

The rapid current of everyday life pulls us away from moments of stillness and solitude, times of  reflection in which we are able to find meaning in our circumstance. Photographs summon the mind to consider, in suspended silence, the minuscule lessons life intends to teach, for it is in these little awakenings that we find […]


A way of seeing

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange

The triumph of art lies in its ability to make the eyes see not only the things that they want to, but especially those that they ought to. The picture you conceive before you hit the shutter release is transformed into a telepathic image, a fresh perspective that is delicately passed on to the wonder-seeking […]