When I photograph, I do not seek to create images that are “different” from everyone else’s, I don’t calculate how to create unique images and I don’t research what others are doing and then react.
Different is not my goal.
Instead, my objective is to produce work that comes from my Vision and that is honest and original to me.
My work is all that I focus on and have control over. As my mother used to say: what others are doing is none of your business!
When I went to Easter Island the only photographs that I had ever seen were the 1950’s documentary images contained in Thor Heyerdahl’s book “Aku Aku.” I never looked at anyone else’s images for two reasons; first I didn’t want to subconsciously copy someone else and secondly I didn’t want to consciously try to be different from someone else.
My goal, as much as it was humanly possible, was to work in a creative vacuum. I wanted to see the Moai through my Vision and find my own Passion.
Are my Easter Island images unique? I may never know the answer to that as long as I practice Photographic Celibacy and do not look at other photographer’s work.
And to tell you the truth, I don’t want to know. I love my images and am content with the knowledge that they were created honestly through my Vision.