life in progress, in Milan and Paris
Siamo tutti troppo freddi, duri. Se solo parlassimo, dicessimo quello che sentiamo, le cose andrebbero meglio. —
It’s really almost impossible, as he puts it, to judge art, that it’s so subjective, you can’t really say, well, this performance is better than that or that writing is better than this and that, if you get caught in that trap of relying on other people, however great they are, to tell you whether you’re any good, you’re either going to consciously or subconsciously start playing to that group.
I was beginning to learn that if you get good at something and become known for it, then it’s time to change it. If you don’t, you’ll be stuck and people will get tired of it. You’ve got to grow. Sometimes that means putting yourself in a position where you might fail or do bad work for a while because you’re still finding yourself…
The first time I’ve been successful, really successful, is the only time I’ve been really honest
Does “Humans…” give us a truer look at New Yorkers than the street portraits of the past or today’s by other photographers? I’d say it gives us another kind of look – a familiar modern look, balanced on the tightrope between disguise and revelation. Call it a social media look.
do many projects as possible, shoot as much as possible, and find yourself in your work. Don’t pay too much attention to what others are doing.
Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice. […] And always think of other people.
I’d say it’s more like “how to be a decent human being”.
I truly, truly believe that our first responsibility is to ourselves—to be true to our sense of right and wrong, our sense of purpose and meaning. That’s how we contribute to the world. Anyone who is able to do that for him or herself is already contributing a great deal of human potential into our collective, shared pool of humanity. That’s my litmus test, I guess.