What is it about street photography that drew you to start practicing within that style?
I like the excitement of the street. There is always something going on. I have lived in New York all of my life and I never, ever, tire of the energy. Sometimes you walk into a crowd and everyone is just moving perfectly, the edges of the frame are filled, the people are doing interesting things and it just calls for a photograph, particularly if they are in front of a subject I am illustrating. I jokingly call that time when everything is in place the “indecisive moment”, being that if you don’t act without thinking you’ve lost it.
What camera and technology do you use when out shooting? Do you ever also use film photography?
I use Nikons and Sonys. I don’t really feel the technology has that much to do with the photograph. It’s mostly being alert to possibilities and having a camera with you. I have been shooting some film as an art project, mostly using 35mm and feeding it through older medium format cameras or even through an old 1960’s Kodak Instamatic camera.
In your experience, what is the poignance in photographing real people in candid settings in opposition to staged moments within a controlled setting? What do you gain or see clearer?
I like to watch people act and interact. I like the challenge of catching them in the moment. I am also really bad at directing people.