Fun photography. Fun photography.
To all the ships at sea,
What have we forgotten? When did we forget it? Why did we forget it? When did photography become so important? When did photography become fingernails on a chalkboard? When did it become so critical that we start to tear people apart for no particular reason? I think it’s time to go backwards, and when we go backwards, we’ll actually go forwards, and we’ll go forwards quite a bit. I’ve been making photographs for quite a while… and exactly why did I get started in photography? Ask yourself that question, why did you get started? I was on a New York set for Lights Out, sitting with some great, great, great photographers; Kenny Regan from Camera 5, Johnny Iacono from Sports Illustrated, and Al Bello from HBO. We started to talk about photography and we all kind of giggled and laughed. We wanted to change the world? No.. We wanted to show the importance of an image? No… We wanted to tear down the establishment and build up independent thought? No… We wanted to meet girls? Yep, that’s the reason. My God we were in our teens, of coarse we wanted to meet girls. The reality is, we wanted to have fun. Sometimes we forget why we do things. I’ve been with the same girl for a long time, so I don’t need to meet girls anymore, but what I really need to do is have fun. That’s really what it’s all about; and to be quite honest, I think I’ve forgotten it. I’ve made a promise to myself, I’ve had some of the greatest teachers in the world. They’ve given me so much to be grateful for. I need to take all of those tools for the balance I have left on this planet and incorporate it into having fun. The reality is I’m not going to change the world. A journalist asked Bob Dylan if he feel like he changed the world with the songs, and did he realize how important his lyrics were. Dylan looked at the writer and said, “Hey man, I just play music, I play music and I’m not trying to change anything, I’m trying to have fun.” So if Bob Dylan didn’t change the world, I probably won’t change the world either, so let’s concentrate on having fun.