letter to a young poet

had an open photography night at betts house

3 artists presented. their works are part of the yale art gallery collection and are presented, here, at bett’s house

Andrew Moore

Sze Tsung Leong

Lois Conner

key takeaways:

boy, makes you wish you could take a year off and live as photographer

why don’t you? because you feel you have another option

i guess you are not an artist, until you feel you have no other option, you just have to leave everything and become one. Rilke wrote to a young poet, “…ask your self in the most silent hour of your night: must i write?”

on photo techniques and themes

  • photo from above, try not to shoot just from where you are
  • use large format cameras, it creates a different image
  • capturing time through layers or long exposures
  • transitional times. photo when sun is down and lights are on, or vice versa, sunrise.
  • need to travel to cuba. perhaps during thanksgiving?

i need to dedicate more time to photography. when? how?

in case you did not click on letters to a young poet, here is some more:

You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you – no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your while life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose.


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