We recently expanded our office, to accommodate our growing team of retouchers, photographers and apprentices. Whilst being in a rather visual business it’s always possible to fill extra wall space with photos, however it’s never great practise to bask in the glory of a previous shot – instead photographers should always be looking at how to improve and what’s up next. To that extent, we wanted to put a few of our favourite photography quotes up on the wall to provide a bit of extra inspiration.
Living in the internet age, whereby photography quotes are thrown at you by the hundred after just one google search, it’s tricky to know what to put up on the wall. However, there are two that I really like…
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” This was said by an all-time hero and pioneer of photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. It couldn’t be more true, which is one of the reasons that all young photographers starting out should do the most basic of all things to improve themselves every single day… take lots of pictures. It’s also why anybody needing a photographer should look for somebody with experience, somebody who has taken hundreds of thousands of pictures, and effectively already taken their worst shots!
“Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” This one is by a classic matriarch of photography, Imogen Cunningham. As a piece of inspiration, it’s just perfect. It’s also very likely that many photographers working today actually haven’t yet taken their best ever photograph. The best photographers are driven every day to build upon what they have done, to create something different and better than what has come before, even if it’s just 1% better in some way. That’s what our team strive to do, not to take photographs that are just as good as what we’ve already done, but to improve every single time the shutter is clicked. We’re passionate about achieving this.