Three inspiring words: Mary Ellen Mark.
You never really know when you got the shot. You know now because of this whole change in techology when I have students and they’re shooting digitally, I tell them to turn off the back of their camera, and not to look at it, but to wait. You know, because you always have to go further. You have to go a step further and if you look in the back of your camera you could think you have it, but you’re never sure, you’re never sure until you see an image at its proper scale. ( 1:01)
Photography was always an intense process for me. I never thought it was easy. To do anything well, it’s difficult. I’m not just saying photography. I think to be a great musician, it’s very difficult. To be a great designer, it’s very difficult. To be a great film maker, it’s very difficult. So to do anything well is very hard. To be OK at something is easy, but if you really want to be exceptional at something, it’s hard. (1:30)