Different members of different cultures will think that some things are beautiful.
Any artist that's involved in their work is inevitably going to have a focus in what they do.
A virulent, aggressive minority has decided that Americans don't know themselves what it is they should see, and need to be protected by people who are wiser than they are, even if they are only a tiny sliver of the population.
I don't photograph any two people who are remotely the same.
There isn't a person alive who doesn't like being caressed.
All my life I've taken photographs of people who are completely at peace being what they were in the situations I photographed them in.
I'll go to do a shoot, I'll spend five or six hours at the beach with people, and when people think I'm all out of film, then they really relax and I get my good pictures.
Physical beauty is such a strange thing.
What pedophiles and people who have sexual desires on children lose sight of to a terrible, terrible degree - a devastating degree - is that their victims are real people who will suffer forever whatever abuses are perpetrated on them.
But empirically I've come to understand that my photographs really don't do any harm.
The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species.
There are photographs that I don't take now that I previously would have taken without any thought at all as to any misinterpretations.
That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
The transactions between me and the people that I photograph are very, very collaborative.
That dichotomy between the public consumption of the work and my intent and practice in making it is an uneasy one for me, on occasion.
Some of the people that I photographed as sticks became much more voluptuous, much rounder, in some cases dramatically so, and I think they're even more beautiful.
The images I like best are parts of series that I've started, in some cases, with the pregnancies of the mothers of the children in question, and I continue that series right on through the birth of children to the child that resulted from that first pregnancy.
The world is shrinking as we see more and more of it in the media, and the more we see of the world, the smaller we are, the more aware we are of how insignificant any one of us is.
There's no particular evidence that any of the lower mammals or any of the other animals have any interest in aesthetics at all. But Homo sapiens does, always has and always will.
I use an 8 x 10 view camera. All other cameras are just toys.
My hope is that the work is in some way counter-pinup. A pinup asks you to suspend interest in who the person is and occupy yourself entirely with looking at the body and fantasizing about what you could do with that body, completely ignoring how the person might feel about it.
They were without clothes before I got there, and they were without clothes when I left.
The kids really enjoy what they do. I check with them constantly to make sure that they're really happy to be there.
What I'm good at is making art.
I'd rather get back to making art than talk about it.
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