two coca cola bottles

To have, to realize that two Coca Cola bottles are not identical and what makes them not identical is that they’re not at the same point. They can’t be at the same point in space. Since they’re not at the same point in space they automatically receive – each one receives light differently than the other, so that it can be as fascinating as going to a museum to look carefully, attentively at two Coca Cola bottles, hmm? And something of that is implicit in a great deal of 20th century art.

John Cage in an interview with Terry Gross on WHYY’s Fresh Air.

On embracing what’s next…

I eagerly await new concepts and processes. I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them.

Ansel Adams in his 1981 introduction to The Negative

I started reading The Negative recently and this excerpt has really stuck with me. I’d like to think that were Adams alive today he’d be happy to play with the latest methods of photography that technology has to offer. I’m encouraged that somebody so influential to the art and craft of photography seemed unafraid of the ever-changing face of his medium.


Regardless of my lack of support for the major parties, Slate‘s John Dickerson nailed it when he said:

We can disdain moderators who ask questions designed to trap candidates, but we’re no different if we screech every time they put a foot wrong.