It’s important to take bad pictures…

It’s important to take bad pictures.
It’s the bad ones that have to do with
what you’ve never done before.
They can make you recognise something
you hadn’t seen in a way that will make you recognise it when you see it again.

Diane Arbus

On Ignorance and Preconceptions

The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant, ignorant as possible, with your mind wide open, as wide open as possible and not having to meet anyone else’s requirement but your own.

Dorothea Lange

Nadav Kander – Juice

While we’re on the subject of Nadav Kander, I’ve been very much enjoying this talk he gave in London in 2016. Knowing what your artistic reference points are is essential for developing your creative practice. Seeing someone with a highly developed artistic practice give a rundown of their own reference points is an excellent help in getting you to think about your own references. Enjoy!

Nadav Kander: Yangtze – The Long River

Something I try and do most days is to take some time to soak up the work of photographers who are doing some of the most important work in the field of photography today. Nadav Kander is one of those people. If you haven’t had a chance to take some time over his book Yangtze – The Long River yet, then I highly recommend you do – every page is an education. If you can’t find a copy to peruse then the images on his site will give you an idea, not just of the work, but of the scale of change happening in China.

Artist’s Statement at PrixPictet.com

Henri Cartier-Bresson talking with Charlie Rose

The Magnum photographer Constantine Manos once said:

It is easy to take good pictures, difficult to take very good pictures, and almost impossible to take great pictures.

By that reckoning Henri Cartier-Bresson is the greatest photographer of the 20th century – who else has truly great photographs falling out of their closet?  And if you’re a photographer one of the ways you become a better photographer and come to understand your artistic practice in deeper ways is to hang out with other artists, preferably artists who are ahead of you. And Henri C-B is ahead of everyone. So seeing as Henri died in 2004 the best I can do is refer you to this interview.