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Tuesday May 12, 2015
Three Quotes week continues with some wise words about an undervalued but over-saturated art form, photography.
Can I use this as an excuse to get out of taking wedding pictures?
Photography is like stealing. You rob someone of a moment that exposes something essential about their character, their soul if you like. There are people who are very conscious of that, who find that terrifying. The thought that everyone, friend of foe, can get so close to you, look you straight in the eye and judge you without having any control over it or being able to respond. A part of them has become the property of the photographer.
- Esther Verhoef
Geeze, stop scaring me, Esther. Maybe something like this could scare kids away from taking selfies all the time. Actually, there’s no way that’d ever happen, because narcissism is far stronger today than anything philosophical or metaphysical. Despite the fact that narcissism and its causes are almost all metaphysical.
Photography is never real, it’s merely one of many ways of telling the truth.
- John Thai
So photography “tells the truth” but is not “real”? How does that make any sense? Is truth not real or is reality not true? Photography is a beautiful art form and everything but it can be used to bend the truth and outright lie as easily as it can be real or true.
It’s all about seduction
My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.
- Helmut Newton
My job as a blogger is pretty much the same.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.