“I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.”—Jean Houston
“The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same.”—Wynn Bullock
“Light is my inspiration. My photographic images search for dimensions that words cannot touch—the result of intense responses to personal experiences. I do not wish to “record,” but rather to touch upon the illusive meanings which I perceive and try to comprehend in this limitless universe.”—Ruth Bernhard
“For what sometimes
Overwhelms us always
Clings to it, too—
A kind of memory that tells us
That what we’re now
Striving for was once
Nearer and truer and
Attached to us
With infinite tenderness.
Here all is distance,
There it was breath.”—Rilke
“One could think of a person who seems to have two opposing and contradictory sides to his personality; but it turns out that in the end the two sides are complementary. The same happens with an artist’s work: deep down, what appear as contradictory sides are merely different registers, different aspects of the reality that the artist inhabits…”—Manuel Alvarez Bravo
“If only we too could find
Some defined narrow,
Purely human place,
Our own small strip of fertile soil
Between stream and stone.
For even now our heart
Just as with those others.
And no longer
Can we gaze after it
Into pictures that soothe, or
Into godlike bodies
Where it finds
A grander restraint.”—Rainer Maria Rilke
“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering—because you can’t take it in all at once.”—Audrey Hepburn
“…before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World test everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. It’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’”—Paulo Coehlo
“They leave us so to the way we took,
As two in whom they were proved mistaken,
That we sit sometimes in the wayside nook,
With mischievous, vagrant, seraphic look,
And try if we cannot feel forsaken.”—"In Neglect" by Robert Frost
“Words move, music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into silence. Only by form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness…”—T.S. Eliot
The air is so still that it seems to stop my heart.
I remember you in a black and white photograph
Taken this time of some year. You were leaning against
A half-shed tree, standing in the leaves the tree had lost.
When I finally exhale it takes forever to be over.
“Photographer is somebody who is inspired by the surrounding reality and who’s transforming the reality using photographic equipment. I was always inspired by what’s within me, and nobody has ever invented a camera capable to photograph thoughts.”—Zdzislaw Beksinski