These pictures, from 1965 onward, in some way reflect a thought game [which] began with a though about how I would love to see more of the world. I would love to travel deeply and widely. And what is the deepest and widest you can travel? It’s to come back to where you already are. And I saw my own circumnavigation of the Earth in my mind’s eye, and I realized in that moment that nothing would be more dear to me than where I already was.
— The incomparable photographer Emmet Gowin about the wisdom of staying close to home and family.
As the years go by, one senses that mortality itself is her underlying subject and that all her books are books of remembering.
I am always looking for the poetic moments in office life. I never cease to be surprised by how light can transform the most ordinary objects into something special.
— Kathy Ryan
suspending self-judgment doesn’t just mean blowing off the “you suck” voice in our heads. it also means liberating ourselves from conventional expectations - from what we think our work “ought” to be or “should” look like. stay stupid. follow your unconventional, crazy heart.
my advice is if you love it and you wanna do it and it’s your dream, don’t let anybody tell you no. just do it.
I don’t just work for my projects, I work because I need to take a picture when I see it in front of me.
It’s not art if the world (or at least a tiny portion of it) isn’t transformed in some way. And it’s not art if it’s not generous. And most of all, it’s not art if there’s no risk. The risk isn’t the risk of financial ruin (though that might be part of it). No, the risk is the risk of rejection. Of puzzlement. Of stasis. Art requires the artist to care, and to care enough to do something when he knows it might not work.