My relationship to images is always in flux... Photos I think are great can turn out to be not so interesting five years later, and vice versa. I've learned there's no thing as a bad photo - every one is a personal record of a time and place.
The majority of my photos are taken while traveling, because everything feels new and exciting initially. Taking photos is like a way to make sense of the overwhelming.
My favorite photos are the ones where people don't really see me. I'm more interested in looking at people looking at things.
I'm a huge Nirvana fan and I like seeing things that at first seem out of context, but actually they're one of the biggest bands in the world. I like to see pop culture, like punk or alternative culture, clash with some other type of culture.
I'm a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the French photographer who had that whole "decisive moment" approach to taking pictures, of having multiple elements line up within the frame.
It definitely helps if I can wear a jacket, because I can have a camera in my pocket. When we're on tour or if I go travel somewhere by myself, that's when I take the most photos.
Photography has always been important to me for that, being able to make sense of something or understand something or remember something or laugh at something.
As I've learned in the past few years, Mali is home to some of the most incredible musicians in the world.
The fact that so many people whose livelihood depends on being able to play, it's just crazy.
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