The greatest thing the human soul ever does in the world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion.
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information..
When I first made photographs, they were too plain to be considered art and I wasn’t considered an artist. I didn’t get any attention at all. The people who looked at my work thought, well, that’s just a snapshot of the backyard. Privately I knew otherwise and through stubbornness stayed with it.
Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.
The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way.
We’re all drunks, it just depends to what extent.