Photographs on the Brain #51

My generation and generations after me, young generations, are less and less interested in fact of perfect compositions and action of making a perfect image; they are more interested in just a raw emotionality of it. - Christopher Anderson

©Scott Toepfer

Overall, I think my key takeaway from 2012 is that the trends are now being driven from edges of the medium back into the center, and the only way to see the new patterns is to get right out to the boundary lines and peer over the edges. While there will always be time for appreciating the greatness of our masters, we are witnessing a time where the entire landscape of photography is in chaotic flux. I for one plan to get out to more off the beaten path galleries this coming year to make sure I don’t miss the action. - DLK COLLECTION 

Left: ©Benjamin Rasmussen; Right: ©youngsuk suh

©Ben Handzo

Left: ©Jamie Stoker; Right: ©Jody Rogac

I don’t think I became a real photographer until I made a real acquaintanceship with music. That’s why I make my layouts the way I do. Photography happens to be my means of communication. But I do not feel I am a photographer singular. I feel that my art or my necessity is communication, and this could apply to many branches of the communicative art — whether it be writing or photography. Since I am somewhat adequate as a photographer, I remain with it. I am probably more in command of it than any other medium. I respect it highly as a medium. It has its own very definite purpose. - Eugene W. Smith

©Pierre Wayser

Left: ©Sean Stewart; Right: ©Simon Kossoff

©Carolyn Griffin

Left: ©Adam Kremer; Right: ©Ryan Halliwill

Believing that we just reached the peak of our personal evolution makes us feel good,” Dr. Quoidbach said. “The ‘I wish that I knew then what I know now’ experience might give us a sense of satisfaction and meaning, whereas realizing how transient our preferences and values are might lead us to doubt every decision and generate anxiety. - You Won’t Stay the Same, Study Finds

©Lars Tunbjork

Left: ©Aaron Mcelroy; Right: ©Akihiko Miyoshi

©Pierre Wayser

Left: ©Geordie Wood; Right: ©Christopher Anderson

Ideas, in a sense, are overrated. Of course, you need good ones, but at this point in our supersaturated culture, precious few are so novel that nobody else has ever thought of them before. It’s really about where you take the idea, and how committed you are to solving the endless problems that come up in the execution. - ‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ 

©Donna Pinckley

©Don Hudson

 Every minute a new impossible thing is uploaded to the internet and that improbable event becomes just one of hundreds of extraordinary events that we’ll see or hear about today. The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination. It compresses the unlikely into a small viewable band of everyday-ness. As long as we are online – which is almost all day many days — we are illuminated by this compressed extraordinariness. It is the new normal. - Kevin Kelly, “The extraordinary is the new ordinary