Bill Jay Quotes

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Bill Jay Quotes

If it is not an interesting picture when in focus, it is not going to be a better picture out of focus.
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A photograph is a mirror; mostly it reflects the prejudices of the viewer.

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At exhibition openings always praise the chicken for laying eggs; you can wring its neck later.

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I'd like my coffin to be a camera obscura so I can see what's going on outside.

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Advice to artists: always take the opportunity to shut up.

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Photographers, like kids, should be seen and not heard.

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Words of wisdom for every photographer: 'Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking'. So said Goethe.

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'Ornithologists concluded that migratory birds take hundreds of naps as they fly; they also practice unilateral eye closure, in which one eye closes, thereby permitting half the brain to sleep.' Is this what happens when photographers close one eye to look through a viewfinder? If so, they might be operating with only half a brain. Perhaps that explains ...

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I talk a lot about photography. It's cheap becuase my supply always exceeds demand.

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I appreciate photographs which celebrate harmony. I don't particularly want to look at chaos. I see enough of that at home.

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This is life. It is everywhere, and it is here for the taking. I am alive and I know this, now, in a more profound way than when I am doing anything else. These sights are ephemeral, fleeting treasures that have been offered to me and to me alone. No other person in the history of the world, anywhere in all of time and space, has been granted this gift to be here in my place. And I am privileged, through the camera, to take this moment away with me. That is why I photograph.

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My point is that meaning is always personal, changeable and subjective. There is no 'correct' interpretation of a photograph.

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If you are bored with your own photography you are really bored with what you are photographing, so pick a new subject about which you are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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