I’m off to China for two and a half weeks tomorrow - Beijing, Harbin, and a few other places in the northern part of the country. Wish me luck getting my film safely through the airport security checkpoints without having them x-rayed and hauling my camera gear around everywhere I go.
"To be an artist is an achievement, but you have to keep it in perspective. I’m not trying to undersell art. I think it’s valuable, but I think it’s overly revered. It is a valuable thing, but no more valuable than being a good schoolteacher, or being a good doctor. The problem is that being creative has glamour. People in the business end of film always say, I want to be a producer, but a creative producer. Or a woman I went to school with who said, Oh yes, I married this guy. He’s a plumber but he’s very creative. It’s very important for people to have that credential. Like if he wasn’t creative, he was less."
Woody Allen, from The Art of Humor No. 1 (The Paris Review, 1995)
"You are starting with the whole world in front of you and placing an order on it. Ordering it, and to some extent simplifying it, deciding what is in and what is out. You are deciding what your vantage point is going to be; how things in the foreground relate to things in the background; and what moment to take the picture. The bottom line is that in each case you are placing order on the world. In Evan’s case it was a world that was created by multitudinous forces at play, and in Crewdson’s case it is a world created by him. It doesn’t alter the inherent process of photography. The analytic process of a photographer makes it ordered and simpler; whereas a painter is with each action making it more complex, starting with a blank canvas or piece of paper, and every mark made on it adds complexity.”
Stephen Shore, from Photo Wisdom