Lately, I have found myself with a lot of ideas. For poems, scenes, inventions, images, songs, websites, etc. And I get very excited about them.
But I have also found that there is no one holding me to following through on these ideas but myself. This, and the fear that I may become one of those people who’s all talk and no action, has led to my interest in the two following quotes:
“You’ve got to have something to say. It could be conceptual, or you can try to save the world as a photojournalist. But you can’t just be a technician. Everybody’s a technician. You’ve got to have an idea.”
“Some photographers think the idea is enough. I told a good story in my Getty talk, a beautiful story, to the point: Ducasse says to his friend Mallarmé — I think this is a true story — he says, ‘You know, I’ve got a lot of good ideas for poems, but the poems are never very good.” Mallarmé says, “Of course, you don’t make poems out of ideas, you make poems out of words.’ ”
Both were originally brought to my attention via the always-thoughtful blog A Photo Editor