Lucas Dewaele, dagboek

Over fotografie en leven.

Month: September, 2018

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Being happy.

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Roeselare, Stationsplein.

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Meeting spaces


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Also yesterday’s news/recording


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“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
Eve Arnold

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“If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.”
Garry Winogrand

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“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”
Sam Abell

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‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.’

Anais Nin

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My students were lucky, again.

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‘Une photographie n’est ni prise ni saisie de force. Elle s’offre à vous. C’est la photo qui vous saisit.’


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‘The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.’

Orson Welles

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“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
Ralph Hattersley

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“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”

Ernst Haas

(Not so) Real diary (672)


‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.’

(To all of my former colleagues – but i’m afraid they don’t read anything)

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My students made better pictures while I was explaining.


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Homeward bound.

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Shields of self-interest.

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To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.

Susan Sontag

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Not just people.

(P.s. I skipped the former number. My friends know why.)

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Artists at work.

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The ultimate wisdom of the photographic image is to say, ‘There is the surface. Now think – or rather feel, intuit – what is beyond it, what the reality must be like if it looks that way.

‘Photographs, which cannot themselves explain anything, are inexhaustible invitations to deduction, speculation, and fantasy… The very muteness of what is, hypothetically, comprehensible in photographs is what constitutes their attraction and provocativeness.

Susan Sontag

“La suprema saggezza dell’immagine fotografica consiste nel dire: “Questa è la superficie. Pensa adesso – o meglio intuisci – che cosa c’è di là da essa, che cosa deve essere la realtà se questo è il suo aspetto”. Le fotografie, che in quanto tali non possono spiegare niente, sono inviti inesauribili alla deduzione, alla speculazione e alla fantasia.”