The video is 1h and 49 minutes, a bit long I know, to be honest I didn’t watch it all at once myself but if you are the kind of photographer who likes to take his time composing your shots, this is a must see video.
- “When will you take your most compelling photograph, what age will you be?”
- “Sammy take a low angle.”
- “Compose the picture Sammy and wait.”
- “Link a still life to a landscape.”
- “I regret that but I know that my photography is not about perfection, it’s about goodness.”
- “One of the things my mother thought me was how to lie constructively, you think no and you say yes.”
- “You don’t know about life, you don’t know what gift life is going to give you, that’s another reason to compose the picture and wait because that’s what’s you’re waiting for, a miracle in photographic terms…”
- “Improvement is not photography, seeing is photography”
- “All of my photographs are untouched and unretouched as well”
- “What you act on, really? You act on intuition you act on a thing, on an instinct that the visual elements in front of you will work for you and then you go to work. And you stay with it for as long as it’s promising. What I’m talking about is… fieldwork, which is 1000% different than anything that goes on with your computer. That’s POST-production, photography is about seeing and being in life.”
- “I don’t use motor drive so I depended on timing.”
- “You can’t chase the subject and get a deeply composed, deeply realized many leyered picture. You gotta compose and wait, it may not work.”
- “People think, good things just happen to this guy (Sam Abell), but behind this (the picture with the dolphin and the dog) was a mugging, a rubbery, a week of rain, my own despondency about Ireland and about my life and photography.”
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