At first it put me off. I thought, why won’t he just answer the question? But the more I read, the more refreshing Erwitt’s attitude was. Here was a photographer who wasn’t afraid to say “I don’t know”. It seems the perfect counter to today’s culture of specificity, in which photographers are expected to plan out their projects top to bottom and be ready to explain them in a concise three paragraph spiel. For many photo projects nowadays the explanation often takes precedence over the images. You read the artist’s statement and you don’t even need to see the photos.
Erwitt is the antithesis. Photographs before theory. Can you imagine any of today’s hot young photo stars being brave enough to give answers like this?
Diamonstein: What are really saying [in your photos] about the whole question of personal identity?
Erwitt: Gosh. Nothing, I guess…” —B: Questions without answers
Unlucky people often fail to follow their intuition when making a choice, whereas lucky people tend to respect hunches. Lucky people are interested in how they both think and feel about the various options, rather than simply looking at the rational side of the situation. I think this helps them because gut feelings act as an alarm bell - a reason to consider a decision carefully.
Unlucky people tend to be creatures of routine. They tend to take the same route to and from work and talk to the same types of people at parties. In contrast, many lucky people try to introduce variety into their lives. For example, one person described how he thought of a colour before arriving at a party and then introduced himself to people wearing that colour. This kind of behaviour boosts the likelihood of chance opportunities by introducing variety.
Lucky people tend to see the positive side of their ill fortune. They imagine how things could have been worse. In one interview, a lucky volunteer arrived with his leg in a plaster cast and described how he had fallen down a flight of stairs. I asked him whether he still felt lucky and he cheerfully explained that he felt luckier than before. As he pointed out, he could have broken his neck.” —Be lucky - it’s an easy skill to learn - Telegraph
Brian Ulrich on his photographs ‘strongly influenced by others’