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A poem, twice

A poem, twice

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a poem twice”.
– Robert Frank

Angels above us

Angels above us“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”
– Gary Winogrand

In hoc mundo inconstante

in hoc mundo inconstante“In a photo there are always too many things, except when it’s a good photo. To speak specifically of my own work I believe that, from the very beginning, I managed to make photos where there was nothing more than what was needed”.
– Edouard Boubat

În unghi ascuțit

În unghi ascuțit“I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive.”
– Bill Brandt

The Carnival is over

Sofia_acadea_apr2013 09_resizeSo I make myself the measure of photographic “knowledge.” What does my body know of Photography?

I observed that a photograph can be the object of three practices (or of three emotions, or of three intentions): to do, to undergo, to look. The Operator is the Photographer. The Spectator is ourselves, all of us who glance through collections of photographs – in magazines and newspapers, in books, albums, archives…

And the person or thing photographed is the target, the referent, a kind of little simulacrum, any eidolon emitted by the object, which I should like to call the Spectrum of the Photograph, because this word retains, through its root, a relation to “spectacle” and adds to it that rather terrible thing which is there in every photograph: the return of the dead.

– Roland Barthes – Camera Lucida. Reflections on Photography

Imitatio Angeli II

Sofia_serbare2012 13_resizeDuring the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you`ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

Let there be bubbles

Soap balloon“Why is it that photographers loaded with the most extraordinary gear who use the internet to get the exact GPS coordinates of Jack’s or Ansel’s photo locations and hike out there with the image in hand to ensure an exact copy (illegal by US copyright laws and common decency), that they get something that might look similar, but lacks all the impact and emotion of the original they thought they copied?

I’m not kidding. A bunch of these turkeys used university astronomers to predict the one time in almost two decades that the conditions would match and had 300 of the clueless converge at just the right spot. They still didn’t get the clouds, snow or shadows right. This makes Ansel or any other creative artist cringe. Of course they didn’t get anything like what they wanted. Art is a lot more.

Compelling photographs come from inspiration, not duplication.

Someone asked ‘If I got a camera with only 6 or 7 MP, can I make good pictures with it?’

That reminds me about the guy who breaks a wrist and asks his doctor: ‘Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after this heals?’ The doctor replies ‘Absolutely, no problem!’ The man laughs, and points out that that’s great, because he never could play the piano before!

Buying a Bösendorfer doesn’t mean you can play the piano. Buying a great camera doesn’t mean you can create compelling photographs. Good pianists can play on anything and a good photographer can make great images with a disposable camera.”

– Ken Rockwell, Good pianists can play on anything

…and lead us not into temptation

La delicii Lipscani Bucuresti“Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should? While we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing. Sometimes we have the feeling that we’ve taken a great photo, and yet we continue to unfold. We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson, American Photo, September/October 1997

Fata cu uscător de păr | Girl with a hair dryer

hairdryer girl uscator de par„Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson – American Photo, September/October 1997, Page: 76

Pic, pic, pic

Sofia in ploaiePic, pic, pic
Nu-i vânt, nu tună
Pic, pic, pic
Ce ploaie bună.

Pic, pic, pic,
Ploaia vine,
Vine pe furiș,
Pe acoperiș.

Printre rămurele
Și pe floricele
Da, o simt și eu,
Pe năsucul meu.

Pic, pic, pic
Cine-i oare cine?
Pic, pic, pic
Iată ploaia vine
Vine pe furiș
Pe acoperiș,
Printre rămurele
Și pe floricele,
Ba o simt și eu,
Pe năsucul meu.

Plici, plici, plici
Ploaia s-a-ntețit
Plici, plici, plici
Nu e de glumit
Vine mânioasă
Mă gonește-n casă.

Pic, pic, pic
Iată ploaia vine,
Vine pe furiș,
Pe acoperiș
Printre rămurele
Și pe rândunele
Ba o simt și eu, pe năsucul meu
Pic, pic, pic.