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Light is my inspiration. My photographic images search for dimensions that words cannot touch-- the result of intense responses to personal experiences. I do not wish to "record," but rather to touch upon the illusive meanings which I perceive and try to comprehend in this limitless universe. - Ruth Bernhard,

You have to follow your instinct all the time. Otherwise you don't make it. - Ruth Bernhard

Every artist, in a sense, is missionary. He tries to convey a message to his fellow man he communicates the awesome presence of truth and beauty he discover in the world around him , in its lakes and mountains, trees, rocks and plants, in its living creatures. Down through the centuries poets, sculptors, painters and now photographers, have also been striving to grasp and immortalize the beauty of the human body, both male and female. I see in these forms the elemental relationship to the large forms of nature; a sense of strength like a rock fluidity like water space like a mountain range. If I have chosen the female form in particular, it is because beauty has been debased and exploited in our sensual twentieth century. We seem to have a need to turn innocent nature into evil ugliness be the twist of the mind. Woman has been target of much that is sordid and cheap, especially in photography. To raise, to elevate, to endorse with timeless reverence the image of woman, has been my mission the reason for my work. - Ruth Bernhard,

Photography is art when it's used by an artist. - Ruth Bernhard

Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush. It is as vital as the model herself. Profoundly significant, it caresses the essential superlative curves and lines. Light I acknowledge as the energy upon which all life on this planet depends. - Ruth Bernhard


For me, the creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny. Whether working with a human figure or a still life, I am deeply aware of my spiritual connection with it. In my life, as in my work, I am motivated by a great yearning for balance and harmony beyond the realm of human experience, reaching for the essence of oneness with the Universe. - Ruth Bernhard

My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity. To indicate the ideal proportion, to reveal sculptural mass and the dominating spirit is my goal. - Ruth Bernhard

If you're not interested in life, then photography has no meaning. - Ruth Bernhard

My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity. -
** Ruth Bernhard
http://www.photographywest.com/pages/bernhard_bio.html

* See my WS HERE a B&W version

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