"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary."
I'm not sure that I completely agree with this statement. David Bailey is a genius but I can respectfully disagree with him.
I certainly do agree that it takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. Certainly. And, I don't really like to globalize, but yes, if we're talking about it relative to photography perhaps I do agree with the sentiment that it takes (slightly) "less" imagination to be a good painter. But, I don't think that in photography everything is so ordinary. I think that those things in life that people might deem "ordinary" are the most beautiful. Those every day moments that are seemingly mundane are the ones that I find the most fascinating. I'm interested in that instant where something is about to happen...a wave crashing, a cloud covering or giving way to natural light, a person drifting off into their own thoughts...that instant between something and nothing - that space in the middle is what interests me. Something way below the surface happens there and a lot of people might find it "ordinary" but I think it's magic.
PS--I've recently processed this photo in black and white. I love the color version but I felt inspired to change it a little.