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05 January 2012 @ 08:27 pm
"Photography is not an art. Neither is painting, nor sculpture, literature or music. They are only different media for the individual to express his aesthetic feelings… You do not have to be a painter or a sculptor to be an artist. You may be a shoemaker. You may be creative as such. And, if so, you are a greater artist than the majority of the painters whose work is shown in the art galleries of today."

~ Alfred Stieglitz
04 December 2011 @ 06:26 am
"Prints mimic what we are as humans: we are all the same and yet every one is different. I think there's a spiritual power in repetition, a devotional quality, like saying rosaries."

~ Kiki Smith
08 November 2011 @ 05:15 am
"There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it."

~ Man Ray
29 October 2011 @ 11:51 am
We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.

- Neil Gaiman in his Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech, The Graveyard Book
16 October 2011 @ 04:43 pm
On Mapplethorpe: "He intended his stills to be 'moving' pictures, photographs that 'moved' the viewer, through assault if necessary, for the viewer's own good, the way one slaps someone who is hysterical." - Jack Fritscher

White Gauze, 1984
19 September 2011 @ 11:48 pm
"I have no secret, no recipe to divulge. I think it depends on your attitude: If you put yourself in the position of waiting and trusting, and you believe with all your might that you are in the centre of a place, a waiting place in the neurological centre where things materialise - then surely something will happen. It's about recognising the moment, putting yourself in that situation - that's when things happen.

In fact, I never feel that I'm searching, but rather that I'm finding."

~ Federico Fellini

From a documentary about him. It was in Italian so I could only rely on the translation from the subtitles. For those lucky enough to understand Italian, here is Fellini saying the quote in his language (as well as the first part of the documentary): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b37dnAK_iJk#t=8m12s
14 September 2011 @ 04:28 am
"The aesthetic event is something as evident, as immediate, as indefinable as love, the taste of fruit, of water. We feel poetry as we feel the closeness of a woman, or as we feel a mountain or a bay. If we feel it immediately, why dilute it with other words, which no doubt will be weaker than our feelings?"

~ Jorge Luis Borges, 'Poetry'
05 September 2011 @ 01:25 pm
“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won’t really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we’ll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.”

~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

(I highly recommend this book!)