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One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
by Galen Rowell

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed
to the environmental message.
- Galen Rowell

I began taking pictures in the natural world to be
able to show people what I was experiencing when I
climbed and explored in Yosemite in the High Sierra.
- Galen Rowell

I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong
personal visions and that a photograph that doesn't
have a personal vision or doesn't communicate emotion fails.
- Galen Rowell

 

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most
challenging photography I've ever done.
It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.
- Galen Rowell

There is no question that photography has played a
major role in the environmental movement.
- Galen Rowell

There's no question that photographs communicate more
instantly and powerfully than words do,
but if you want to communicate a complex concept clearly,
you need words, too.
- Galen Rowell

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A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery,
such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.
- Galen Rowell

The combination of pictures and words together can be really effective,
and I began to realise in my career that unless I wrote my own words,
then my message was diluted.
- Galen Rowell

Today, I'm very careful not to mention very specific
locations when I write or give captions.
- Galen Rowell

My first thought is always of light.
- Galen Rowell

Wanting to take a light camera with me when I climb
or do mountain runs has kept me using exclusively 35 mm.
- Galen Rowell

If we limit our vision to the real world,
we will forever be fighting on the minus side of things,
working only too make our photographs equal to what we see out there,
but no better.
- Galen Rowell

My mountaineering skills are not important to my best photographs,
but they do add a component to my work that is definitely
a bit different than that of most photographers.
- Galen Rowell

I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.
- Galen Rowell

When we tune in to an especially human way of viewing
the landscape powerfully,
it resonates with an audience.
- Galen Rowell

The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality
and I'm searching for just the right angles to make
that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible.
- Galen Rowell

The reason that I keep writing is that all my most
powerful messages about the fates of wild places that
I care about need to have words as well as images.
- Galen Rowell

I began to realise that film sees the world differently than the human eye,
and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph
more powerful than what you actually observed.
- Galen Rowell

And most of my early pictures failed but about one
in a 100 somehow looked better than what I saw.
- Galen Rowell

I think that cognitive scientists would support the
view that our visual system does not directly represent
what is out there in the world and that our brain constructs
a lot of the imagery that we believe we are seeing.
- Galen Rowell

What I mean by photographing as a participant rather
than observer is that I'm not only involved directly
with some of the activities that I photograph,
such as mountain climbing, but even when I'm not I
have the philosophy that my mind and body are part of the natural world.
- Galen Rowell

I'm exchanging molecules every 30 days with the natural
world and in a spiritual sense I know I am a part of
it and take my photographs from that emotional feeling within me,
rather than from an emotional distance as a spectator.
- Galen Rowell

Ever since the 1860s when photographers travelled the
American West and brought photographs of scenic wonders
back to the people on the East Coast of America we
have had a North American tradition of landscape photography
used for the environment.
- Galen Rowell

I remember when an editor at the National Geographic
promised to run about a dozen of my landscape pictures
from a story on the John Muir trail as an essay,
but when the group of editors got together,
someone said that my pictures looked like postcards.
- Galen Rowell

Luckily, many other people tell me how they have had
a particular landscape photograph of mine in their
office or bedroom for 15 years and it always speaks
to them strongly whenever they see it.
- Galen Rowell

I almost never set out to photograph a landscape,
nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording
a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a 'record shot'.
My first thought is always of light.
- Galen Rowell

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

Only one who devotes himself to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
- Albert Einstein

When angry, count to ten before you speak.
If very angry, count to one hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy


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