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Joy of creative work | Paul Politis – Black & White Photography Article

Joy of creative work | Paul Politis “Art is simply a result of expression during right feeling. It’s a result of a grip on the fundamentals of nature, the spirit of life, the constructive force, the secret of growth, a real understanding of the relative importance of things, order, balance. Any material will do. After all, the object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable. In every human being there is…

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Feedback loop | Paul Politis – Black & White Photography Article

Feedback loop | Paul Politis (Photo: Rube Goldberg Machine by Paul Politis) “Technique must be solid, positive, but elastic, must not fall into formula, must adapt itself to the idea. And for each new idea there must be new invention special to the expression of that idea and no other. “ — Robert Henri, The Art Spirit Stephen Shore, always concise and economical, perfectly describes the process of making a photograph: “When I make a photograph, my perceptions feed…

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No thing is beautiful | Paul Politis – Black & White Photography Article

No thing is beautiful | Paul Politis “The real study of an art student is more of a development of that sensitive nature and appreciative imagination with which he was so fully endowed when a child, and which, unfortunately in almost all cases, the contact with the grown-ups shames out of him before he has passed into what is understood as real life. Persons and things are whatever we imagine them to be. We have little interest in the material…

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They made their language. You make yours. – Black & White Photography Article

They made their language. You make yours. Quotes from The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri: “The work of the art student is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone. But alone one gets acquainted with himself, grows up and on, not stopping with the…

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Stones to step on or stones to avoid – Black & White Photography Article

Stones to step on or stones to avoid “Every student should put down in some form or other his findings. All any man can hope to do is to add his fragment to the whole. No man can be final, but he can record his progress, and whatever he records is so much done in the thrashing out of the Whole thing. What he leaves is so much for others to use as stones to step on or stones…

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Beauty rests in the expression – Black & White Photography Article

Beauty rests in the expression “Artists are sometimes asked, “Why do you paint ugly and not beautiful things?” The questioner rarely hesitates in his judgment of what is beautiful and what is ugly. This with him is a foregone conclusion. Beauty he thinks is a settled fact. His conception also is that beauty rests in the subject, not in the expression. He should, therefore, pay high for Rembrandt’s portrait of a gentleman, and turn with disgust from a beggar by…

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All good drawing or painting is compositional – Black & White Photography Article

All good drawing or painting is compositional “Here is the model with light on his face, a white collar, a brown coat, black tie, black hair, gray background.I have named enough things to make a great picture.Get the most expressive design out of these, each one treated as a simple mass.See how much beauty in shape can be got out of the association of these notes: flesh, collar, coat, tie, hair, background.They must all fit into the area of the…

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The great departure | Paul Politis – Black & White Photography Article

The great departure | Paul Politis “The object of painting a picture is not to make a picture — however unreasonable this may sound. The picture, if a picture results, is a by-product and may be useful, valuable, interesting as a sign of what has past. The object, which is back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being, a state of high-functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence. In such moments activity…

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An artist has got to get acquainted with himself – Black & White Photography Article

An artist has got to get acquainted with himself “I know I have said a lot when I say, “You can do anything you want to do.” But I mean it. There is reason for you to give this statement some of your best thought. You may find that this is just what is the matter with most of the people in the world; that few are really wanting what they think they want, and that most people go through…

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Approved taste | Paul Politis – Black & White Photography Article

Approved taste | Paul Politis “One of the great difficulties of an art student is to decide between his own natural impressions and what he thinks should be his impressions. When the majority of students and the majority of so-called arrived artists go out into landscape, saying they intend to look for a “motive”, they too often mean, unconsciously enough, that it is their intention to look until they have found an arrangement in the landscape most like some one…

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There are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual – Black & White Photography Article

There are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual “There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual — become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.At such times there is a song going on within us, a song to which we listen. It fills us with surprise. We…

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The impulse for beauty can force its way through every boundary – Black & White Photography Article

The impulse for beauty can force its way through every boundary “Everything that is beautiful is orderly, and there can be no order unless things are in their right relation to each other. Of this right relation throughout the world beauty is born. A musical scale […] is order in sound, sculpture as the Greeks saw it, big, sure, infinite, is order in proportion; painting, in which the artist has the wisdom that ordained the rainbow is order in color;…

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It takes wit, and interest and energy to be happy – Black & White Photography Article

It takes wit, and interest and energy to be happy “Appreciation of life is not easy. One says he must earn a living — but why? Why live? It seems as though a great many who do earn the living or have it given to them do not get much out of it. A sort of aimless racing up and down in automobiles, an aimless satisfaction in amassing money, an aimless pursuit of “pleasure,” nothing personal, all external. I have…

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