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Edward Weston

I see no reason for recording the obvious.

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My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea.

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Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.

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Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.

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Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.

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I was extravagant in the matter of cameras - anything photographic - I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have gone along with the plainest - or without.

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There is nothing like a Bach fugue to remove me from a discordant moment... only Bach hold up fresh and strong after repeated playing. I can always return to Bach when the other records weary me.

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Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection.

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Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.

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