Everyone has a camera

“You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” ~ William Albert Allard

The thing about photography is that, especially now, everybody has a camera. Everybody is always taking pictures.

How do you capture something different than everbody else?

I was in the Dallas Arts District and taking a picture of the Wylie Theater. Everybody in the picture had a camera.

Think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.

—-Duane Micals

The Wylie Theater. Down in the lower left, a woman is photographing a man.

I noticed a guy walking around the reflecting pool with a big camera and a woman doing a photo shoot .

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.

—- Elliott Erwitt

I have no idea who this guy is or why he is getting his photo done.

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.

—-William Albert Allard

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this – as in other ways – they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.
—-John Berger

Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.

—-Duane Michals