Sylvia Wolf, The Digital Eye. Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Prestel (2010), p. 45
Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult by Paul Graham
It’s so easy it’s ridiculous. It’s so easy that I can’t even begin – I just don’t know where to start. After all, it’s just looking at things. We all do that. It’s simply a way of recording what you see – point the camera at it, and press a button. How hard is that? And what’s more, in this digital age, its free – doesn’t even cost you the price of film. It’s so simple and basic, it’s ridiculous.
It’s so difficult because it’s everywhere, every place, all the time, even right now. It’s the view of this pen in my hand as I write this, it’s an image of your hands holding this book, Drift your consciousness up and out of this text and see: it’s right there, across the room – there… and there. Then it’s gone. You didn’t photograph it, because you didn’t think it was worth it. And now it’s too late, that moment has evaporated. But another one has arrived, instantly. Now. Because life is flowing through and around us, rushing onwards and onwards, in every direction.” —Source: http://www.americansuburbx.com/2009/07/theory-paul-graham-photography-is-easy.html
Screendump #1 On Virtual Strolls, the book, is referenced in a new article by Helen Westgeest: Digital Appropriation as Photographic Practice and Theory.