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John Sexton Quotes and Sayings

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When I'm about ready to press the cable release on the View camera,
I've tried to anticipate some of the challenges I'm
going to encounter in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

I support any procedure that allows photographers to express themselves,
whether that involves color, black and white,
platinum, palladium and digital technology.
- John Sexton

So to me it's very similar in terms of trying to distill within the image,
those elements that are gonna form, hopefully,
a compelling visual statement.
- John Sexton

I really don't have any secrets.
I've never met a photographer whose work I respected
that had a secret because the secret lies within each and every one of us.
- John Sexton

 

I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment.
It's a love because that was part of my life before
I was involved in photography.
- John Sexton

I remember being shocked when I came out from under
the focusing cloth after a minute or two being submerged within that,
at the startling green color of those ferns.
- John Sexton

We all start in this medium because of the magic and
the challenge is to keep it going.
- John Sexton

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In 1979, I received a phone call from Ansel Adams asking
me if I would be willing to consider coming to work for him.
I was teaching photography in Southern California at that point.
- John Sexton

He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated
to the medium of photography.
- John Sexton

I've never seen a surface that I think is more seductive in image making.
- John Sexton

In my mind I needed a symbol of today's technology,
and I realized that what I wanted to photograph was the Space Shuttle.
And so that's where Places of Power came into being.
- John Sexton

When the object that is produced, the photographic
image has the ability to make tears come to your eyes;
to inspire you to the point where you have to catch your breath,
then nothing else matters.
- John Sexton

Having photographed the landscape for a number of years
and specifically working with trees and in the forest I found,
without consciously thinking about it,
that it was a great learning experience for me in terms of organizing elements.
- John Sexton

Whatever it takes to get the image to reach that level
is what that photographer needs to do.
And for me, I just have such a love of the tactile
and sensuous quality of a black and white silver gelatin print.
- John Sexton

And friends of mine that had photography class in high
school would develop the film and make prints and I'd
take them back to the track and give 'em away or try and sell them.
Much to my parents' dismay, I majored in photography in college.
- John Sexton

And as part of my activity there, he had indicated
he wanted me to work with him on that and conduct the various technical tests.
And so a few months later I moved from Southern California
up to the Monterey Peninsula where I still live today.
- John Sexton

I took a workshop from him a few months after that.
That experience changed my whole approach to photography.
At that workshop in Yosemite in 1973 I decided I wanted
to try and see if I could pursue this for myself,
and I'm still trying.
- John Sexton

When I teach and meet a class for the first time,
you realize that there are people there that have exceptional
abilities or have the potential to do exceptional things
and you never know who those people are.
My job is to provide the best information I can.
- John Sexton

It was an experience that was exceptional.
People frequently ask what it was like and it truly was inspiring.
Sometimes during his lifetime, people would try and
put him on a pedestal and that's not where he wanted to be,
but he was really a great individual.
- John Sexton

It had rained on some vivid green ferns in Maine and it was quite beautiful.
I was moving the camera slightly and studying the ground glass.
Looking at those 20 square inches, trying to find out
just what were the right elements to include.
- John Sexton

For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography.
It's that magic that can be exciting,
disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the
same few moments in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age,
still get excited when the results were pleasing.
He still struggled like we all do in the darkroom and
he struggled behind the camera,
and when he had a success he was beaming.
- John Sexton

One of the workshop participants had shown me a single
8 X 10 photograph of a power plant where he actually
was the general manager of this power cooperative.
It was quite magical to me.
- John Sexton

The reason I do workshops is so I can learn,
and I am fortunate that I've probably gained more from
the whole experience of teaching than any one participant has.
It is all about asking.
- John Sexton

I think the greatest photographers are the amateur
photographers who do it because they love it.
Arnold Newman is a good example; he is a consummate professional,
but he's also an 'amateur' in the pure sense of the word.
- John Sexton

So when I became interested in photography and further
being inspired by the work that I saw of Ansel and others,
it was a natural extension to go back to these places
that I knew as a kid and explore them with my camera.
- John Sexton

And then as I frequently do, some times I'll peek out
from underneath the focusing cloth and just look around
the edges of the frame that I'm not seeing,
see if there's something that should be adjusted in
terms of changing the camera position.
- John Sexton

Today my passion is still black and white.
Today if I have an array of cameras in front of me
the one I would reach for that I would feel most comfortable
with would be a 4 X 5 View camera.
I was once working in a sort of soft light situation.
- John Sexton

There is a considerable amount of manipulation in the
printmaking from the straight photograph to the finished print.
If I do my job correctly that shouldn't be visible at all,
it should be transparent.
- John Sexton

And the camera position, the organization,
looking for repeating forms, shapes,
trying to set up a visual rhythm seemed to come very natural.
All of a sudden I was in a forest of aluminum and steel
rather than a forest that we might think of in a traditional sense.
- John Sexton

I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine
and I thought it was beautiful.
I had never been in a power plant before,
but I felt, without being overly dramatic,
compelled to make photographs of this for myself.
- John Sexton

I've found even after nearly 30 years of doing this,
there are all kinds of new surprises that rear their
heads at various times and I truly believe that 51% of the images,
success takes place in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

The first day at the power plant I found myself photographing
some steam vents on the roof of the structure.
And I remember consciously thinking that they were
just like trees but they were metal.
- John Sexton

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We never see what we are not ready to see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

I am ready and willing to seize the opportunities life offers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

I have ready access to a power beyond my wildest imagination.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are always getting ready to live but never living.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I'm ready, I plan to adopt.
I still believe in family.
- LaToya Jackson

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.
The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
- Robert Quillen

I've given it my all.
I've done my best.
Now, I'm ready with my family to begin the next phase of our lives.
- Richard M. Daley

Personally, I'm always ready to learn,
although I do not always like being taught.
- Winston Churchill

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
- Mae West

People - not just in their teenage years -
hold on to this fantasy of love when they're not ready
to have a real relationship.
- Keri Russell

Marriage is a fine institution -
but I'm not ready for an institution yet.
- Mae West

I am always ready to learn
although I do not always like being taught.
- Winston Churchill

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Except in cases of necessity, which are rare,
leave your friend to learn
unpleasant things from his enemies;
they are ready enough to tell them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of
the shadows and the different greens in the trees,
but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.
- Grandma Moses

For some reason in Spring Training, everything just clicked.
You don't try to do anything in Spring Training but get ready,
but things fell into place.
- Bobby Bonilla

Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing,
but I just am not ready.
- James Taylor

I'm ready for some rock 'n' roll action.
- Mick Ralphs

The body is ready to have babies.
Nature wants it done then, when the body can handle it,
not after 40, when the income can handle it.
- Toni Morrison

The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this.
The less generous way is to say: How was it possible
to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?
- Paddy Ashdown

There is also something excellent in every audience,
the capacity of virtue.
They are ready to be beatified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know how most dogs lick you on the cheek? If you're
sleeping and not ready for it,
my dog, Joe, will get his tongue inside your mouth.
It's by far the worst kiss I've ever had.
- Will Estes

The inevitable has always found me ready and hopeful.
- Amelia Barr

And now, I feel at 85, I really feel that I'm just ready to start.
- Gordon Parks

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only
because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
- George Orwell

Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
- Cesare Pavese

I am convinced that people with such wounds will be
quite ready to co-operate in a safe and painless experiment
in the interests of humanity as a whole.
- Robert Barany


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