I always try to get the window seat when I’m flying. Not that I’m snobby or fixated or all. It’s because of the clouds.
I’ve been flying for a long time now but every single time I’m amazed. I take it for granted, like pretty much everyone else does but when I actually am on a plane everything changes.
The moment after take off when the plane is passing through the white mass I try to imagine how would it feel if I was the plane itself and my skin was feeling the clouds instead of the metal transporting me.
Clouds are funny looking. Get a window seat. Pay attention the next time.
sure, some people get lucky, but we’re not going to wait around to see if that’s us. we need to make things happen for ourselves, because we are the only ones in control of our lives. with enough obsession and work any dream can come true for you. you will be disappointed, sleepless and somedays you will want to give up. but you will be happy, because you are living.
I set out to do my own pictures, and fuck ‘em if they didn’t like it. And they didn’t like it, and they kicked my ass right out on the street. On a certain level I’m very thankful for Magnum because they really helped me understand that you can’t make pictures for anyone else but yourself. You’ve really got to follow your own beat.
Because the bottom line is that life is short, and you owe it to yourself to spend the majority of it giving yourself wholly and completely to something you absolutely hate, and 20 minutes here and there doing what you feel you were put on this earth to do.
Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating. Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.
So once again, you get off the bus, grab the cab, race back, and find a new platform. This goes on all your creative life, always showing new work, always being compared to others. What to do? It’s simple: Stay on the bus. Stay on the f**king bus. Why? Because if you do, in time you will begin to see a difference.