[Philosophers] are all advocates who do not wish to be regarded as such, generally astute defenders, also, of their prejudices, which they dub “truths”.
— Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (1886)
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or police.”
– Adolph Hitler, Edict of March 18, 1938
Knowing when less is more – and when it is not – is more important for consistent success in participatory outdoor photography than in traditional journalistic or documentary coverage. When an artist is actively involved in an interpretive experience, whether it be climbing Everest or walking through a field, too much equipment interrupts the flow of emotional response that is the human element communicated in the best nature photography. Yes, little things do mean a lot.
Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography (2001), p. 89