A few years back I wrote a blog with 46 quotes related to photography and outdoor recreation that either I found inspirational or some simply made me laugh. I find good quotes are fascinating. What started off as simply a comment in a interview, a line in a movie or sentence in a book or article where it’s surrounded by hundreds or thousands of other words, has the ability to stand out and move into space where it’s remembered for years or decades.

It’s also very interesting with older quotes to see how people perceived photography many decades ago including the technical know-how, the developing process and all things before the digital camera and digital darkroom as we know it today. I am sure decades from now people will look back at quotes said in the early days of digital with a similar inquisitive interest.

I just read the prior post myself which I had not done since I published it. After the long break it still provided renewed inspiration, interesting thoughts and a few chuckles. The power of worthwhile quotes will always live on and today I think they prove even more useful to read as we continue to consume bite sized information as opposed to the whole meal. Before you visit the prior blog post here are five to get you started for a total of 51.

While this quote wasn’t top of mind when I took this photo, it’s basically where my mindset was. Not overly pleased with the expansive landscape scene in front of me that felt similar to others captured by me or other photographers, I opted for this abstract view instead. It was my way to “shake it up”.

“Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.” – Edward Weston

“The two most engaging powers of a photograph are
to make new things familiar and familiar things new.”
– William Thackeray

“Look at lots of exhibitions and books, and don’t get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images.” – Fay Godwin

“I’m lucky enough and wealthy enough to be able to buy photographs and buy art that inspires me from day to day. I don’t want a Picasso on my wall; it’s great art, but it’s dead art to me. I’d rather have a photograph by someone I’ve never heard of that really inspires me.” – Elton John

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