Allen Ginsberg
[Poet and writer, b. 1926, Newark, New Jersey, d. 1997, New York.]

 In portraiture, you have the fleeting moment to capture the image as it passes and before it dissolves. And in a way, that’s special for photography. It captures the shadow of a moment, so to speak. 
 So the problem for the poetic artist or the photographer is the common problem of continuous attentiveness, continuous attempts to notice what he is noticing, continuous alertness to catch himself thinking or seeing, devotional attentiveness to the world he’s moving through. 
 [My photographs were] meant more for an audience in heaven than one here on earth—and that’s why they’re charming. 
 I do my sketching and observing with the camera. 
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