“It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound—that he will never get over it. That is to say, permanence in poetry as in love is perceived instantly. It hasn’t to await the test of time. The proof of a poem is not that we have never forgotten it, but that we knew at sight that we never could forget it.” – Robert Frost
I have always treasured this quote. Although it describes Poetry’s transcendental effect, One could substitute “Photography", “Painting, ”Music”, “Literature”, in short anything having the essence of the sensual, the emotional and that same quote would still resonate, resulting in an experience, a personal insight, this narrative about ourselves. This deep feeling, this connection to the world around us enriches the Soul.
Good Photography has the three indispensable ingredients of Love, Time, and what I would call, Cross Pollination. Cross-pollination is the Individual’s exposure to all things sensual. It’s a revelation, an awareness of different life experiences, an examination of others’ insights. It is essential, absolutely indispensable. Without Cross-pollination, all of the Arts, Photography included, would not exist. Love and time, while two different elements, have this affectionate collaboration, this indispensable romance. The photographer must be passionate about his subject lavishing on it all the time necessary for a successful conception.