10 Things Van Gogh can teach us about photography

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  1. peter k.

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    Interesting article, thought we share it:
    Ihttps://petapixel.com/2018/10/22/10-things-van-gogh-can-teach-us-about-photography/
     
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    Inspirational thoughts. Thanks.
     
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    I thought the lesson would be to keep you ears covered while taking pictures......Regards!
     
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    Don't worry if you never sell a print. Vincent didn't in his lifetime and look at him now.
     
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    I particularly like point number 5: Paying attention to your subject changes what it is

    “It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.” —Vincent van Gogh
     
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    This one is different:
    Cut your ear off and you get tremendous publicity!
     
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    i thought the 10 points were pretty good, i didn't quite get how his photography
    had to do with the points van gogh was making, maybe that's just me .

    same here !
     
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    The link given comes back as "Safari can't open the specified address." remove the "i" in front of the link and it works.
     
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    I was not going to look at it, but then Vincent wants to look at Vincent...
    https://petapixel.com/2018/10/22/10-things-van-gogh-can-teach-us-about-photography/
    Do not be surprised if your computer will become slow while on this page. It seems to have a lot of crap pushing.

    Some valid points in this article. Some of them are known and nothing new. some of them are personal.
     
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    I’m a huge Van Gogh fan. But that article really does a poor job of representing the real Van Gogh. For one, he was notoriously plagued by self doubt. Also, he was prone to tremendous mood swings, so any inspirational quote you pull from him was likely cherry picked from a sea of depressive ones.
     
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    Jim 10219...Well put, though your description of Van Gogh is likely understated.
     
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    Well it is petapixel,...

    Every time I go on that site from a link here I end up rolling my eyes so much I get a headache. lol.
     
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    I doubt much (any?) of that allegedly inspirational pablum was Van Gogh's.
     
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    He was a Dutchman who lived in France. I take it that his quotes are from either his utterances committed to paper in the French or Dutch language and are someone's translation of said quotes. The punch lines are clearly the author's 21st century "take" of his quotes in U.S. English

    pentaxuser
     
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    I can't imagine how self doubt will be much use to any photographer. Mood swings, perhaps... but only if one can find a way to channel these into artistic expression and creativity. Not so easy when one is a depressive state, as depression often reduces ambition as well.
     
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    Interesting thoughts. I would have thought one of the points would be "clean your lens", but maybe "smear a little Vaseline on your lens " may fit better!
     
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    I doubt that pablum had anything to do with VG...just demeans the painter.
     
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    Well, with street work we only have a couple blinks of the eye. Many times I wonder...should I shoot...is it worthwhile? And by that time it is gone. Other times by the time I raise the camera it is gone.
     
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    I dunno if those were his actual views but those are generally fairly good guidelines for trying to achieve something.
     
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    Any "deeper meaning" in photographs begins with the photographer.
     
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    Why do you believe those were VGs "utterances"? I think those alleged inspirationals were merest clickbait (or printed equivalent).

    What website or book is being promoted?
     
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