"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"A second growth stump on top of a first growth stump, Coos County, Oregon" (1999-2003)
"The picture- the stump- was terrible, and we knew it as we worked at it. And I actually didn’t print it for a while, but I came back to it and did. And then events followed. And a year or two or three, I suppose, after it was taken, I was looking at it and I suddenly sensed there’s a resemblance between that picture and the terrible picture of the person being abused with the wires at Abu Ghraib. It’s not a one-to-one but there is an odd something there that I can’t shake from my mind."
- Robert Adams