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Selected Relevant Quotes:

  • The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.
  • W. Eugene Smith
  • There is nothing wrong with photography, if you don't mind the perspective of a paralyzed Cyclops.
  • David Hockney
  • Focus on content... Be color blind.
  • Lakshman Iyer
  • Too many photos make a statement, not enough ask a question.
  • Joseph Holmes
  • If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.
  • Pablo Picasso
  • A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
  • Ansel Adams
  • The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
  • Ralp Waldo Emerson
  • The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
  • John Muir
  • After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
  • Walt Whitman
  • An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.
  • David Attenborough
  • It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do.
  • Bill Brandt
  • When we tune in to an especially human way of viewing the landscape powerfully, it resonates with an audience.
  • Galen Rowell
  • A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
  • Diane Arbus
  • Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
  • Rachel Carson
  • The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
  • Havelock Ellis
  • Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
  • Walt Whitman
  • I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
  • Albert Einstein
  • All styles are good except the tiresome kind.
  • Voltaire
  • Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
  • Salvador Dali
  • You photograph with all your ideology.
  • Sebastiao Salgado
  • To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.
  • Ansel Adams
  • Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.
  • Mark Twain
  • I don't like to work with assistants. I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough.
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible.
  • Novalis
  • The clear realities of Nature seen with the inner eye of the spirit reveal the ultimate echo of God.
  • Ansel Adams
  • Seek and Ye shall find that wisdom is found in the simplest of places in the nick of time.
  • Bunny Wailer
  • For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.
  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau
  • Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
  • Joseph Joubert
  • Many people who excel are self-taught.
  • Herb Ritts
  • You don’t study photography. You just do it.
  • Elliott Erwitt
  • Conscience is a man's compass.
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
  • Alfred Stieglitz
  • I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.
  • Galen Rowell
  • Wilderness is not defined by the absence of certain activities, but rather by the presence of certain unique and invaluable characteristics.
  • Nick Rahall
  • We can never have enough of nature.
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
  • Oscar Wilde
  • To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Let the pictures do the talking!
  • Ken Oosterbroek
  • Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
  • Groucho Marx
  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
  • Confucius
  • Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
  • Edward Weston
  • Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.
  • Sam Abell
  • I'm always mentally photographing everything as practice.
  • Minor White
  • I am not an artist. I am an image maker.
  • Thomas Hoepker
  • To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain.
  • Brassai
  • The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.
  • Gordon Parks
  • A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there - even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
  • Robert Doisneau
  • There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
  • Ernst Haas
  • A picture should be looked at, not talked about.
  • Elliott Erwitt
  • You don't take a photograph, you make it.
  • Ansel Adams
  • A photograph is the pause button of life.
  • Ty Holland
  • Photographers do not create facts - but they do create viewpoints.
  • Adrian Monshouwer
  • It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
  • David Attenborough
  • Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • There's no dividing line between adventure and photography.
  • Chris Noble
  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.
  • Anne Frank
  • I am not interested in rules or conventions. Photography is not a sport.
  • Bill Brandt
  • Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
  • Robert Frank
  • The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
  • Dorthea Lange
  • One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
  • Goethe
  • The Earth is Art... The photographer is only a witness.
  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony.
  • James Nachtwey
  • Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model.
  • Marilyn French
  • A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
  • William Blake
  • I am interested in the nature of things. The nature of something is quite different from the way it looks.
  • Duane Michals
  • Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
  • Imogen Cunningham
  • The most creative photographer is often just the one with the longest memory.
  • Robert Boyd
  • I photograph things which I want to look at a little longer.
  • Gunnie Moberg
  • We do not see Nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our heart.
  • William Hazlitt
  • I have gradually confused photography with life.
  • Jerry Uelsmann
  • I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Nature has always had more force than education.
  • Voltaire
  • The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
  • Edward Abbey
  • Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
  • Antonio Gaudi
  • You can observe a lot by just watching.
  • Yogi Berra
  • Curious people are interesting people, I wonder why that is.
  • Bill Maher
  • A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
  • Ansel Adams
  • The earth has music for those who listen.
  • William Shakespeare
  • Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
  • John Lubbock
  • Going to the woods is going home.
  • John Muir
  • In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
  • Edmund Hillary
  • A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
  • Charles Darwin
  • It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing.
  • Jose Marti
  • Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
  • Aldo Leopold
  • Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • A photograpaher may not just walk the streets but he/she do a lot of walking, with a purpose, so the most important piece of equipment after the camera is a good pair of shoes.
  • David Hurn
  • If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results.
  • George S. Patton
  • It is easier to stay out than get out.
  • Mark Twain
  • Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
  • John Lubbock
  • Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
  • Carl Sagan
  • The most important part of the mining in a photograph is the half that you don't see.
  • Arturo Macias Uceda
  • The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The only nature I'm interested in is my own nature.
  • Aaron Siskind
  • Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
  • John Muir
  • Nothing is invented, for it's written in nature first.
  • Antoni Gaudí
  • You can observe a lot by just watching.
  • Yogi Berra
  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Man masters nature not by force, but by understanding.
  • Jacob Bronowski
  • Photography is the art of not pushing the button.
  • Frank Horvat
  • The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image is.
  • Berenice Abbott
  • Photography is a great excuse for seeing things you ordinary wouldn’t.
  • Chirstopher Beirne
  • Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
  • David Attenborough
  • The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • She shows us only surfaces but Nature is a million fathoms deep.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
  • Lao Tzu
  • I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
  • Walt Disney
  • If God did not exist, He would have to be invented. But all nature cries aloud that he does exist: that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.
  • Voltaire
  • The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
  • Ayn Rand
  • It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
  • Carl Jung
  • We don't take pictures with our cameras. We take them with our hearts and we take them with our minds, and the camera is nothing more than a tool.
  • Arnold Newman
  • We don't stop hiking because we grow old - we grow old because we stop hiking.
  • Finis Mitchell
  • The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
  • Samuel Adams
  • Possessions, both material and spiritual, are appreciated most when we find ourselves in peril of losing them.
  • Ansel Adams
  • In order to more fully understand this reality, we must take into account other dimensions of a broader reality.
  • John Archibald Wheeler
  • Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
  • Aldous Huxley
  • It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
  • Henry Ward Beecher
  • Clicking the shutter has always been the easiest part.
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