Musings on Photography

Just do the work

Posted in interesting blogs by Paul Butzi on December 10, 2008

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Via Terry Teachout’s About Last Night:

“I have never thought about what I was doing in terms of art, or ‘this is great,’ or ‘world-shaking,’ or anything like that. To me, it was always a job of work–which I enjoyed immensely–and that’s it.”
John Ford, interviewed by Peter Bogdanovich (1966)

Do the work. Don’t worry about the outcome. Let the chips fall where they will.

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  1. forkboy said, on December 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I just read something the other day which discussed how it is the process of photography that is art, but the outcome (the final image) is merely a byproduct of the artistic process.

    I wonder if these two thoughts (Ford’s and this other author) are all part of the same idea?

  2. Paul Butzi said, on December 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I just read something the other day which discussed how it is the process of photography that is art, but the outcome (the final image) is merely a byproduct of the artistic process.

    Hmm. Could you be thinking of this: http://www.butzi.net/articles/art_is_a_verb.htm

  3. JH said, on December 12, 2008 at 11:45 am

    The quote was nice, but the article on art as a verb was great!

  4. latoga said, on December 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    This reminds me of a similar quote from Brooks Jensen that I came across yesterday:

    “The best insulation from creating trivial artwork is to focus relentlessly on content rather than what we think is demanding technique.”


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