light absorbed by the sensors of my camera, was it designated for
something else? Do I depreciate Nature by taking so many pictures?
have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true
sense of the term - meaning that the creation of a simple photograph
would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good
watercolor or etching - there would be a vast improvement in total
output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image
often leads to creative disaster.
Adams: A Personal Credo, in American Annual of Photography,
Vol. 58 (1944).
that desire - the strong desire to take pictures - is important. It
borders on a need, based on a habit: the habit of seeing. Whether
working or not, photographers are looking, seeing, and thinking
about what they see, a habit that is both a pleasure and a problem,
for we seldom capture in a single photograph the full expression of
what we see and feel. It is the hope that we might express ourselves
fully - and the evidence that other photographers have done so -
that keep us taking pictures.
Abell: The Photographic Life, Rizzoli, 2002.