July 25, 2011

What do you see?

Good photography is not about 'Zone Printing' or any other Ansel Adams nonsense. It's just about seeing. You either see, or you don't see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.

I love this so much!
{From the film shooters facebook page}


  1. I agree and disagree. Good photography is not about..(fill in the blank)...but it does not exclude it either. Printing is a continuation of seeing. The capacity to print and all the other Ansel Adams nonsense is part of how he saw and how he noticed things. Because Elliot Erwitt did not see as Ansel did does not exclude Ansel's vision and vise versa. I love the art of noticing no matter what stage of the creative process you are at; camera, enlarger, photoshop, etc. Quotes like this seem to be taken as 'Zonies' are missing something. Whether these sentiments are implied or intended doesn't matter, I always like a little clarification for me and my fellow 'Zonies'. :)

  2. Point taken, Trav. :) I suppose I'm drawn to this one because I feel that I have always been too technical and not enough emotion. Something I'm working on. My photos need more feeling

  3. hmm, interesting...I have used your pictures as good examples of expressing emotions photographically. I think your emotion is evident in different ways than others but I quite like your style. I find it intriguing because I am not drawn towards anything technical. As much as I love the work of Keith Carter I can't help but notice the lens work and printing techniques that accentuate his images. He uses these techniques to create his emotion. I have seen many images by you that convey emotion by content alone. The only technique visible is that you used a camera, exposed it right and saw the scene well. Just my thoughts.

  4. Uh, shocked. And flattered.
    And thank you. :)