““Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a streetlamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.”
— Vladimir Nabokov,”—
““I believe modeling is a combination of natural talent, the ability to adapt to different situations, hard work and most importantly luck. There are so many beautiful girls in this business that in order to be noticed you need to find yourself in the right place at the right time. I have always dreamed of working for the best magazines and with the best photographers and designers.”
— Anja Rubik”—
““Sure, we had to be skinny. I lived on Diet Coke and apples for two years. For the couture, we had to get up at 4 am to be sewn into the clothes and there was huge pressure to be thin. But I made a million dollars by the time I was 20, I bought a town house in Manhattan and put myself through Columbia. Does that make me a victim?”
— Abbey Lee Kershaw”—
“I like to take Photographs that are not considered ‘perfect’ I believe too much technique can ‘kill’ a Picture, there are many exceptions of course, and I, driven through boredom or a desire to ‘improve’ occasionally contradict myself and contrive such work.
But my ideal, is an Image that grabs my attention because of it’s authenticity in terms of reality, I love photo journalism for that reason. A Photograph must have some power over us, it must feed our curiosity, make us, for a moment feel something, anything, to change our course of thought, if only for a few seconds. Some Photographers take days, weeks even, planning and contriving a Photograph! A Photograph takes a fraction of a second to be born, what ever you Photograph will never pass before your eyes again, the moment should be unique, it should tell a story, it should never stand still like a painting frozen in time.”—
““This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
— Marilyn Monroe”—
Just to add a different perspective to what you said previously, art, especially film, gives people the chance to escape the sometimes brutally real world they live in. Some of us like to escape. We may be weak, but that's they way it is. Movies like 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Brazil' are unbelievably unrealistic but incredibly moving. I can't imagine not being interested in expressing surrealism and fantasy through art. Just because something doesn't palpably exist in our world doesn't mean we shouldn't conceive it, or consider the artistic importance of it.
'There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy' Shakespeare.
“I could never make an unrealistic type of picture…It would be awfully sombre if people made only realistic films. However, that’s the best way I can work and if there’s no market for it then I’ll pack up as it’s the only kind of film I am interested in. If I directed a picture like Return of the Jedi or even worked on one, I would faint - I’d faint and never get up again I’d be so ashamed.
I’m not interested in starting fires. I’ve never seen an exploding helicopter. I’ve never seen anybody go and blow somebody’s head off. So why should I make films about them? But I have seen people destroy themselves in the smallest way. I’ve seen people withdraw. I’ve seen people hide behind political ideas, behind dope, behind the sexual revolution, behind fascism, behind hypocrisy, and I’ve myself done all these things.
In our films what we are saying is so gentle. It’s gentleness. We have problems, terrible problems, but our problems are human problems.”
“Find a Girl, any girl, take your time to get to know her, don’t let sex be your motive. never intimidate or try to change or judge her. Listen to her words and you’ll find secrets and knowledge you never thought existed. Women are a constant source of wonderment and fascination if you allow them to be them selves and nurture and cultivate their friendship. I find it amazing that we, as men, devote almost our entire lives trying to attract women, everything we do is geared to this purpose only to discard women prematurely once we have used them for our own selfish purposes without knowing who they really are.”—
“All Photographers, all Photographs are has subjective as Colour. You’d be a fool to think that Red was ‘better’ than Blue, so why waste time believing one Photograph is ‘better’ than another?
A Photograph should never be judged purely on technique or Artistic content, it’s too wide a subject to make any specific judgements, Just accept the fact that it’s all about opinions, Personal preferences, nothing more.”—
“No longer do I crave what was once so sweet and pure to me. I have been poisoned by your words and selfish ways, killing my love, killing the very source of it’s growth. I was skinned alive by your manipulative actions, no care, no heart, I was simply just a cure for your boredom.
I swear to myself next time i will never, ever, get close again to another human, but that would be a lie because I always end up in the same mess, the same games, the same misery.
I don’t want to be part of this mess any more, you made me realise that when I noticed you never cared at all.”—
The fashion system has completely changed, so what was twenty-two years ago has nothing to do with today. Then, Italian Vogue was called the first experimental magazine. We didn’t even have so much sex in the beginning, but people were so conservative then that we were always dubbed the “experimental” magazine, and for the first two years, we suffered for this. Italian Vogue is an Italian magazine; it’s written in Italian, a language that is only spoken in Italy, so my idea was that in order to become international, we had to develop a visual language. At the time, photographers were appreciated, but not perceived as the artists or image-makers that they are today. Today, all magazines are hyper-visual—you buy any magazine and it’s one image after another. But we were the first magazine to prioritize the images—and this was, of course, before digital photography! Back then, we were always working on the lighting, and sending prints back and forth by Federal Express. Now you put images up on an FTP, and the next day you are already able to do the layout. Before computers, we did our layouts with tape and scissors. That seems like it was 200 years ago, but the big change has really been in the last ten or twelve years.