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    I've got to get the ultimate in composition today. or I've got to get the ultimate in light, I'll stay here until it appears. I was not making any demands. I went purely to see what would come, what might be there. I didn't have to be archaeologist or historian or tourist, I just needed to be available.
    — Paul Caponigro
    As far as my experience goes one is automatically in touch with the higher spiritual, it is connected to a certain level that interpenetrates our total physical and psychic existence. We are always in touch with it.
    — Paul Caponigro
    Seek freedom within action.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: freedom  action 
     
    All that I have achieved are these dreams locked in silver.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: dreams 
     
    Can you keep your balance? Can you see what and where you are at any given moment?
    — Paul Caponigro
    Photography's potential as a great image-maker and communicator is really no different from the same potential in the best poetry where familiar, everyday words, placed within a special context, can soar above the intellect and touch subtle reality in a unique way.
    — Paul Caponigro
    I don't trust any camera you can't make out of wood.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: trust 
     
    I use my music to tune myself.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: music 
     
    ... the effort, diligence, and care required in practicing must be quickly suspended when pressure coming from anxiety or a desire for fast results causes them to degenerate.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: desires  anxiety  care 
     
    Keep alive the fact that a mystery has come into existence and that a physical being serves as a house for this mystery.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: mystery  existence  facts 
     
    In my years of photography I have learned that many things can be sensed, seen, shaped, or resolved in a realm of quiet, well in advance of, or between, the actual clicking of shutters and the sloshing of films and papers in chemical solutions. I work to attain a state of heart, a gentle space offering inspirational substance that could purify one's vision. Photography, like music, must be born in the unmanifest world of the spirit.
    — Paul Caponigro
    Work incessantly, cultivate discrimination, gather freedom from your own hard-earned results. Disregard successes but go back for help in an immediate problem. The possibility of discovery is everywhere. Freedom from your own work allows for intuition that draws from all your experience and perception but goes beyond it.
    — Paul Caponigro
    I often see the materials of photography as being a type of terrain. Emulsions, liquid developers, silver salts, and fixers interact, and I construct a landscape that I need to first explore in my mind's eye if I am to make it manifest as an artful image in silver.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: eyes  mind  photography 
     
    At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to 'hear through the eyes'.
    — Paul Caponigro
    Photography is not easy. You know it takes a painter or a sculpture or a musician years to perfect their technique. Then they're free to make an expression in a matter of moments. It takes moments for a photographer to perfect his technique. And then it takes years for him to make it into something that is truly creative and worthwhile.
    — Paul Caponigro
    We always point the lens both outward and inward.
    — Paul Caponigro
    The influence of mystery is the greatest influence.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: mystery  influence 
     
    The key is to not let the camera, which depicts nature in so much detail, reveal just what the eye picks up, but what the heart picks up as well.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: nature  heart  key  eyes 
     
    Photography is a medium, a language, through which I might come to experience directly, live more closely with, the interaction between myself and nature.
    — Paul Caponigro
    It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
    — Paul Caponigro
    tags: people 
     
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