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- The heart of the matter...
"Gramma said when you come on something good, first thing to do is share it with whoever you find; that way, the good spreads out no telling where it will go.
- "Which is right."
- --Forrest Carter, "The Education of Little Tree"
- Copyright © 1976 by Forrest Carter
"Let the nothingness
into yer shots."
--Golf in the Kingdom
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"No one moment is most important. Any moment
can be something." --Garry Winograd
|"When you seek it,you cannot find it."|
"If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark."
--Saint John of the Cross
|"A visitor arrived inquiring about Zen. Master Nan-in silently poured him a cup of tea and continued pouring until the cup overflowed. |
"Why do you continue to pour after the cup is full?" asked the visitor.
"To show you," replied Nan-in, "that you are like this cup: so full of your own preconceptions that nothing can go in. I can't tell you about Zen until you have emptied your cup."
"I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better
"I'm much more interested in what reality feels like than what it looks like."
|One more thought:"It's logical to say that what I do is an act of faith. Other people might call it conceit, but I have faith and conviction. It came to me. And I worked it out. I used to suffer from a lack of it, and now that I've got it I suppose it seems self-centered. I have to have faith or I can't act. I think that what I am doing is valid and worth doing, and I use the word transcendent. That's very pretentious, but if I'm satisfied that something transcendent shows in a photograph I've done, that's it. It's there, I've done it. Without being able to explain, I know it absolutely, that it happens sometimes, and I know by the way I feel in the action that it goes like magic -- this is it. It's as though there's a wonderful secret in a certain place and I can capture it. Only I can do it at this moment, only this moment and only me. That's a hell of a thing to believe, but I believe it or I couldn't act. It's a very exciting, heady thing. It happens more when you're younger, but it still happens, or I wouldn't continue. I think there is a period of esthetic discovery that happens to a man and he can do all sorts of things at white heat." --Walker Evans|