I discovered this quote 15 years ago in Henry Miller's 'Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch' It was a book I digested ravenously and multiple times. Henry 's words spoke to my love of landscape and the commitment to being an artist. This quote from Hokusai he added in the foreword sums up my approach to photography and to life. Time is everything and nothing, all at once.
The Art Crazy Old Man ~ Hokusai
“I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six. I drew some pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at all. At seventy-three I have at least caught every aspect of nature–birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all. When I am eighty I shall have developed still further and I will really master the secrets of art at ninety. when I reach a hundred my work will be truly sublime and my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life.”