"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."
"From Lookout Mountain, at Buffalo Bill’s Grave. Jefferson County, Colorado" (1970)
"Natural light has a mysterious quality that is always perfect. You can’t screw up natural light (you can use it more or less effectively), but it’s perhaps the compelling mystery. It’s why you become a photographer. To paraphrase Paul Caponigro, quoted by John Szarkowski, your decision to make a photograph is a kind of seduction, and the seduction is worked by light. Kenneth Clark remarked in one of his books that the thing that distinguishes a landscape painter is an especially intense emotional response to light. And I do believe that’s true."
- Robert Adams