I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
― 2 Timothy 4:7 (New Revised Standard Version)
The stragglers who didn’t finish under the time limit.
Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.
– H.G. (Herbert George) Wells, The Fate of Man
Apparently, Wells had correctly anticipated the upcoming zombie apocalypse.
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful; but time and chance happen to them all.
― Ecclesiastes 9:11 (New Revised Standard Version)
If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.
― Emil Zatopek
Y’know, my generation is the first generation that… We really saved everything from our childhood and never got rid of it. We thought the Star Wars action figures of our childhood, we thought that was it, but now they just keep going and going and going, and people love it… You know what? Just because you’re a certain age, you don’t have to stop loving the things you loved as a child. That love can evolve.
– Eli Roth (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope)
Pray to the geek gods, because Comic-Con is just around the corner.
One of the craziest things that you definitely see at Comic-Con are women dressed in very strange and revealing outfits. And you know it’s from a comic book or an anime or a video game, but you can’t quite place it, and all you know is that girl forgot her pants.
– Morgan Webb (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope)
Han: We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for.
Williams: I don’t waste my time with it. When it comes, I won’t even notice.
Han: Oh? How so?
Williams: I’ll be too busy looking gooood….
Here’s to Jim Kelly (May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013) who died from cancer this weekend. Black Belt Jones taught me to get my karate on. And to Angelina Jolie who recently had to make a very difficult choice about her own future health.
Lest you fools forget, Comic-Con is 15 days away.
Brassaï: A few years ago, I was in the valley of Les Eyzies in Dordogne. I wanted to see cave art at the source. One thing surprised me: every generation, totally unaware of the ones that preceded it, nevertheless organized the cave in the same way, at a distance of thousands of years. You always find the “kitchen” in the same place.
Picasso: Nothing extraordinary about that! Man doesn’t change. He keeps his habits. Instinctively, all those people found the same corner for their kitchen. To build a city, don’t men choose the same sites? Under cities you always find other cities; other churches under churches, and other houses under houses. Races and religions may have changed, but the marketplace, the living quarters, pilgrimage sites, places of worship, have remained the same. Venus is replaced by the Virgin, but the same life goes on.
– Conversations with Picasso
…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”
– Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Event, May 2013 (Please also read her later retraction)
Being a great photographer, like most disciplines, requires standing on the shoulders of those who came before you and learning from others’ mistakes as well as your own. One of the mistakes being made is the “good enough” mistake. If you’re shooting for lowest common denominator and low profit margins or low esteem, sure, go ahead and take pictures and share them at the low bar level. The Chicago Sun-Times seems to think that’s okay. Marissa Mayer and Yahoo think it’s okay. Susan Sontag might have something different to say about that. I certainly do.
– Thom Hogan on The Chicago Sun-Times firing their entire staff of professional photographers in order to cut costs.
The images have no direct connection to the quotes. But they are only just “good enough”. Maybe this means I can get work at the The Chicago Sun-Times.