A good photograph, like a good painting, speaks with a loud voice and demands time and attention if it is to be fully perceived. An art lover is perfectly willing to hang a painting on a wall for years on end, but ask him to study a single photograph for ten unbroken minutes and he’ll think it’s a waste of time.
Ralph Gibson (via onlyoldphotography)
The people on the street recognize you right away. If you have negative thoughts in your mind, people get this right away. If you really want to do something good, they understand and feel this too. They can sense what your intentions are—that you have not come not to steal anything, or do anything bad—and then they try to help you. People help you when you have showed up just because you are curious about the lives others lead. The entire essential deal with photography is that you have to be honest. If you don’t really like people, or look down from above on them, they will react similarly to you. If you go somewhere where you don’t actually like the local people, there is no way you can do good work there. Communications with the people whose photos you are taking is vital. And you do not absolutely have to have words or phrases at the ready to strike up communications. What is really important actually is emotional communication. Actually, the thing that gives me the most pleasure when it comes to taking photos is that feeling of having “been accepted.” I mean, I go to a completely foreign place, and I start dialogues with the people there. When these people who I never knew before accept me, and take me into their lives, it is an incredible feeling.
Nikos Economopoulos (via fotojournalismus)