While digging into Paul Strand's legacy, I bumped onto his words that looked shockingly familiar. I flipped through my old notebooks and was amazed how similar his and my thoughts were. The difference was that he wrote this almost a century ago. I felt like a fool, who reinvented a wheel. -) Here's an excerpt:
"Above all, look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningfulness. If you let other people's vision get between the world and your own, you will achieve that extremely common and worthless thing, a pictorial photograph. But if you keep your vision clear, you may make something which is at least a photograph, which has a life of its own… There are no shortcuts, no formulae, no rules except those of your own living…"
Paul Strand, British Journal of Photography, October 5, 1923.