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It's really, really hard to make it as a fine-art photographer exclusively.
But empirically I've come to understand that my photographs really don't do any harm.
I'm an artist that's attracted to a specific way of seeing and a way of being.
That dichotomy between the public consumption of the work and my intent and practice in making it is an uneasy one for me, on occasion.
There are photographs that I don't take now that I previously would have taken without any thought at all as to any misinterpretations.
Before, I'd photograph anything. I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body.
I'd rather get back to making art than talk about it.
I've had to relearn how I work with people so that if and when I do avoid different things I don't send any messages in doing so.
If it gets to the Supreme Court, I'll have the directors of every museum in the country as expert testimony that my work is legitimate art.
It's no small irony that the government inevitably and invariably ends up promoting precisely that which they would most like to repress.
No two people take on the information of being admirable and being admired in the same way.
The kids really enjoy what they do. I check with them constantly to make sure that they're really happy to be there.
The transactions between me and the people that I photograph are very, very collaborative.
There isn't a person alive who doesn't like being caressed.
Virtually always I get my best pictures when everybody thinks the shoot's done.
When I started doing my work years ago, I had doubts as to whether the informed-consent question was answerable.
A virulent, aggressive minority has decided that Americans don't know themselves what it is they should see, and need to be protected by people who are wiser than they are, even if they are only a tiny sliver of the population.
Every child is going to grow up. You can see it happen in the books: They get older and older and belong to themselves to a greater and greater extent.
I just yesterday returned from a trip where I photographed a woman with two children whom I photographed first when she was the age of the older of the two children.
Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and angles that make people see red, which are evidence of original sin or something, and I avoid that. I don't shoot that any more.
Some of the people that I photographed as sticks became much more voluptuous, much rounder, in some cases dramatically so, and I think they're even more beautiful.
There's no particular evidence that any of the lower mammals or any of the other animals have any interest in aesthetics at all. But Homo sapiens does, always has and always will.
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