“For the love of the thing”

Don’t forget that no tripod has yet been built which is as miraculously versatile in movement as the complex system of supports, joints, muscles, and nerves which is the human body, which, with a bit of practice, makes possible the enormous variety of camera angles and visual action.

From Maya Deren’s manifesto “Amateur Versus Professional”, in Film Culture 39 (1965): 45–46. Full text at hambrecine.