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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Quick Quotes: Painters And Writers Edition

Today, as a break from images, I wanted to offer some quotes that have moved me and made me think about expression in photography.....but this time from artists that are not photographers; though the medium really doesn't matter. From words to paints to pixels, the reasons for expressing are the same.


"I shut my eyes in order to see"

Paul Gaugin


"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun"

Pablo Picasso


"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."

Oscar Wilde


"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable."

Robert Henri


All four quotes, I believe, really point to ideas worth contemplating.