for a photographer the moment of seeing can also be a moment of revelation
Why I select certain subjects and not others I do not exactly know, unless it is that I believe them to be the best mediums for a synthesis of my inner experience.
I work rather blindly. I have a theory that seems to work with me that some of the best things you ever do sort of come through you. You don't know where you get the impetus and response to what is before your eyes.
Charles Pierre Baudelaire
What is the human brain if not an immense and natural palimpsest? My brain is a palimpsest*, as is yours, reader. Innumeral layers of ideas, images and feelings have successively built up in your brain, as softly as light. It may seem that each new layer buries the one beneath it. But in reality none of them are lost. However incoherent existence may be, human unity is not disrupted. All the echoes of your memory, if awakened at the same time, make a concert, pleasant or painful, but logical and without dissonances.
*Palimpsest: something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water... be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot... be water, my friend.
I never look for a photograph. The photograph finds me and says, "I'm here!" and I say, "Yes, I see you. I hear you."
Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Throughout my life I've never pursued anything. I just let things pursue me. They just show up. This is the way I've led my life and not just in photography.
A way of liberation can have no positive definition. Rather, it is defined by that which is not. It is action according to reality - to what is.