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Galen Rowell

American,  Photographer
Total Quotes : 26
Think Yosemite Lot

A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.

- Galen Rowell

Thought I Think Almost

I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a 'record shot'. My first thought is always of light.

- Galen Rowell

More Human Eye Began

I began to realise that film sees the world differently than the human eye, and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed.

- Galen Rowell

About Looked Saw

And most of my early pictures failed but about one in a 100 somehow looked better than what I saw.

- Galen Rowell

Natural Natural World

I began taking pictures in the natural world to be able to show people what I was experiencing when I climbed and explored in Yosemite in the High Sierra.

- Galen Rowell

Distance Rather Molecules

I'm exchanging molecules every 30 days with the natural world and in a spiritual sense I know I am a part of it and take my photographs from that emotional feeling within me, rather than from an emotional distance as a spectator.

- Galen Rowell

Light Thought Always

My first thought is always of light.

- Galen Rowell

I Remember Remember When

I remember when an editor at the National Geographic promised to run about a dozen of my landscape pictures from a story on the John Muir trail as an essay, but when the group of editors got together, someone said that my pictures looked like postcards.

- Galen Rowell

Next Will Resemblance

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.

- Galen Rowell

Human Audience Resonates

When we tune in to an especially human way of viewing the landscape powerfully, it resonates with an audience.

- Galen Rowell

Communicate No Question

There's no question that photographs communicate more instantly and powerfully than words do, but if you want to communicate a complex concept clearly, you need words, too.

- Galen Rowell

Searching Like Angles

The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I'm searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible.

- Galen Rowell

Work Natural Some

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I've ever done. It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.

- Galen Rowell

Back North Brought

Ever since the 1860s when photographers travelled the American West and brought photographs of scenic wonders back to the people on the East Coast of America we have had a North American tradition of landscape photography used for the environment.

- Galen Rowell

Some Rather Part

What I mean by photographing as a participant rather than observer is that I'm not only involved directly with some of the activities that I photograph, such as mountain climbing, but even when I'm not I have the philosophy that my mind and body are part of the natural world.

- Galen Rowell

Most Photographers

These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message.

- Galen Rowell

Always Other Mine

Luckily, many other people tell me how they have had a particular landscape photograph of mine in their office or bedroom for 15 years and it always speaks to them strongly whenever they see it.

- Galen Rowell

Strong Communicate Like

I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong personal visions and that a photograph that doesn't have a personal vision or doesn't communicate emotion fails.

- Galen Rowell

Work Best Add

My mountaineering skills are not important to my best photographs, but they do add a component to my work that is definitely a bit different than that of most photographers.

- Galen Rowell

Wanting Kept Using

Wanting to take a light camera with me when I climb or do mountain runs has kept me using exclusively 35 mm.

- Galen Rowell