In my time, I’ve been accused of being afraid to go out into the world to take pictures, like a so-called ‘real’ photographer does. And I’ve been accused of making art with a capital A – as if that, too, was a crime.
Like painting, my work is very much about composition. That is where the feeling flows – more so than in the expressions on faces or the possible social meanings. But I am not trying to imitate painting. In fact, my pictures are as close to Robert Frank or Paul Strand as they are to painting or cinema. But people seem to choose not to see that.
Something lingers in me until I have to remake it from memory to capture why it fascinates me. Not photographing gives me imaginative freedom that is crucial to the making of art. That, in fact, is what art is about – the freedom to do what we want.