I like to make people a little uncomfortable. It encourages them to examine who they are and why they think the way they do.— Sally Mann
The most delightful Sally Mann quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development
One of the things my career as an artist might say to young artists is: The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.
Photographs open doors into the past, but they also alloq a look into the future
Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.
If it doesn’t have ambiguity, don’t bother to take it.
I love that, that aspect of photography - the mendacity of photography. It’s got to have some kind of peculiarity in it, or it’s not interesting to me.
I have nothing but respect for people who travel the world to make art and put exotic Indians in front of linen backdrops, but it's always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary.
Unless you photograph what you love, you're not going to make good art.
It is easier for me to take ten good pictures in an airplane bathroom than in the gardens at Versailles.
If I could be said to have any kind of aesthetic, it's sort of a magpie aesthetic - I just go and pick up whatever is around. If you think about it, the children were there, so I took pictures of my children. It's not that I'm interested in children that much or photographing them - it's just that they were there.
There is a great quote from a female writer.
She said, 'If you don't break out in a sweat of fear when you write, you are not writing well enough. I tend to agree. I think my best pictures come when I push myself.
Every image is in some way a “portrait,” not in the way that it would reproduce the traits of a person, but in that it pulls and draws (this is the semantic and etymological sense of the word), in that it extracts something, an intimacy, a force.
These dog bones are just making art the way art should be made, without any overarching reference. Just for fun, if you can imagine that-art for fun.
There is something about this process, and about the whole 8 x 10 [camera] business, that takes it out of the arena of the snapshot, even though, of course, I'm always desperate for that feeling. I wanted those family pictures to look effortless. I wanted them to look like snapshots. And some of them did.
Some of my pictures are poem-like in the sense that they are very condensed, haiku-lik. There are others that, if they were poetry, would be more like Ezra Pound. There is a lot of information in most of my pictures, but not the kind of information you see in documentary photography. There is emotional information in my photographs.
As an artist your trajectory just has to keep going up.
the thing that subverts your next body of work is the work you've taken before.
When the good pictures come, we hope they tell truths, but truths 'told slant,' just as Emily Dickinson commanded.
To be able to take my pictures, I have to look, all the time, at the people and places I care about. And I must do so with both ardor and cool appraisal, with the passions of eye and heart, but in that ardent heart there must also be a splinter of ice.
Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity, and when you're photographing children there's often an abundance of it. I would have an idea of what a photograph would look like and then something would happen - a dog might lumber in and become a critical element. I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.
Sometimes, when I get a good picture, it feels like I have taken another nervous step into increasingly rarified air. Each good-news picture, no matter how hard-earned, allows me only a crumbling foothold on this steepening climb—an ascent whose milestones are fear and doubt.
As ephemeral as our footprints were in the sand along the river, so also were those moments of childhood caught in the photographs. And so will be our family itself, our marriage, the children who enriched it and the love that has carried us through so much. All this will be gone. What we hope will remain are these pictures, telling our brief story.
I don't see many artists who are not trying to bring their work to the public - -to the contrary I see artists nearly desperate to get attention for their art and, failing that, often for themselves.
I can think of numberless males, from Bonnard to Callahan, who have photographed their lovers and spouses, but I am having trouble finding parallel examples among my sister photographers. The act of looking appraisingly at a man, making eye contact on the street, asking to photograph him, studying his body, has always been a brazen venture for a woman, though, for a man, these acts are commonplace, even expected.
You can tell a good ruined lens, right from the get-go.
... That’s the kind of lens I'm looking for.
There's always a time in any series of work where you get to a certain point and your work is going steadily and each picture is better than the next, and then you sort of level off and that's when you realize that it's not that each picture is better then the next, it's that each picture up's the ante. And that every time you take one good picture, the next one has got to be better.
I think truth is a layered phenomenon.
There are many truths that accumulate and build up. I am trying to peel back and explore these rich layers of truth. All truths are difficult to reach.
The fact is that these are not my children;
they are figures on silvery paper slivered out of time. They represent my children at a fraction of a second on one particular afternoon with infinite variables of light, expression, posture, muscle tension, mood, wind and shade. These are not my children at all; these are children in a photograph.
The earth doesn’t care where death occurs.
...It’s the artist, by coming in and writing about it or painting it or taking a photograph of it, that makes the earth powerful and creates death’s memory. Because the land will not remember by itself, but the artist will.
I’m so worried that I’m going to perfect [my] technique someday.
I have to say its unfortunate how many of my pictures do depend upon some technical error.
It's always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary...it never occurred to me to leave home to make art.
I wish I could be a better writer, but writing is so difficult.
I get seduced by visual aesthetics. Because I just like making beautiful pictures, sometimes I wander away from making a clear statement.
Sometimes I think the only memories I have are those that I’ve created around photographs of me as a child. Maybe I’m creating my own life. I distrust any memories I do have. They may be fictions, too.
What is truth in photography? It can be told in a hundred different ways.
Every thirtieth of a second when the shutter snaps, its capturing a different piece of information.
All the good pictures that came so easily now make the next set of pictures virtually impossible in your mind.
Photographs supplant and corrupt the past, all the while creating their own memories.
My main interest was finding boyfriends.
I'd park myself in the bookstore and read with one eye on everyone coming in.
I’m past photographing to see what things look like photographed.
The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best.
There are a number of things that set Southern artists apart from anyone else.
Their obsession with place and their obsession with family.