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

I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.
- 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

My first thought is always of light.
- 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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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'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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whether you think you can,
or think you can't,
you're right.
- Henry Ford

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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