My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.
[Photography] tells you that every second in time is different from every other second. You want people to understand that the image in front of them has something to do with the truth, and it can never be repeated.
[My] goal as an artist is to create increasingly complex images with greater and greater clarity of form and intensity of vision.
I never think about a photo before I start it. I try to let my mind relax, and then when I get there I do it.
In the end, I believe that the most important influence on my aesthetic has been the photographs I have taken.
Because photography is such an easy medium to master technically, especially with today’s cameras, people don’t realize that it’s not just being able to pick up a camera. When I lift that camera up to take a picture, I’ve gone through thousands of steps to get to that point. That’s what you’re really seeing; it’s a complex view of the world, through my imagination, through my experiences.
When I create photographs, I often travel deep into my own interior place where dreams and many of my images originate. I see my photographs as mirrors, reflections, connecters that challenge the mind.
It is my belief that the most challenging photographs are those that create a tension between what we refer to as the real and the imaginative.
It has to start with myself. I just can’t go out and say, I’m going to help humanity and take greater pictures. That usually doesn’t work.
A lot of photography is about the unexpected happening during the time that you do the work. So it’s not something that you can really predict.
The pictures are of a psychological culture, a Jungian culture, if you will. It emanates from my own psyche... It’s a hard place to get to, honestly. It has taken me many years to get to that place and to define it visually.
I don’t have any particular ideas about what I want to do…. I just relax and keep a focused mind and make the photographs.
You can’t just set things up and photograph them and expect the picture to “zap.” It is very important that the mind feels that there is a moment of truth or a moment of authenticity. It’s really crucial, because if the artist’s hand is seen as too strong, the pictures seem either dead or contrived.