However, I did like the idea of minimizing the degree to which I imposed myself upon the subject and still do.
This is not as easy as it sounds because the understandings of what makes a “picture” in any given culture are deeply engrained in each of its members. In the West – that is the “West” as shorthand for the privileged, educated, relatively wealthy and secure “West” of Europe, North America and their adjuncts – a “picture” can be made of anything by enclosing its image within a (usually) rectangular frame. A camera being the ultimate picturing tool, subverting this built-in nature is well – impossible but, being aware of that nature and trying to subvert it does alter the kind of pictures one makes.
In these – and all the works in this series – my approach was to assess the site that I wished to photograph and then attempt to determine exactly where to place the camera so as to contain – and/or imply – the most information possible relevant to what I believed that site to be about.
This approach still informs much of my work.
August 02, 1977