I believe that at the end of the day, it may be. And I’d like to believe that the way that photography can continue to advance and thrive, even though it’s been around for so long, is through continuing to innovate, for example the way we’ve been using flash with new technology—like the Lumix DMC-GX80. But it’s not for me to tell others what they should do with what they are working on.
I’m not saying that photography is an obsolete art form. I think that’s pretty much what everyone from the early photographers to the most renowned photographers has said. I like to think that it’s not a dying art form but rather that it evolves to what it is now and it’s what people of us doing what we’re doing are interested in, what we’re passionate about. So as long as I’m going to be doing what I’m doing, I’m going to do it with a little bit of fun, not taking myself too seriously because I know that that’s a lot harder to do with a medium like photography.
That’s so nice of you to say, especially being from a generation that grew up with color film, which was in its infancy and just became what it is today. How did the digital revolution begin for you in terms of capturing the moment?
My camera was a Sony FE 80mm f/2 (which I still have) and I’d take my portraits out on the weekends. I’d usually take 10-15 shots then I’d send them in for printing on high-quality photo paper.
I was also a huge advocate of the Polaroid 400—that’s still one of the best cameras and cameras of all time. I just liked what the camera was able to do—even though it was not quite the perfect way of capturing the moment, I appreciated the fact that it got the shots I wanted—particularly with those portraits [done] in my classic fashion, which I wouldn’t call traditional, but I knew what I was trying to capture with what I was doing, which was a different way to do it based on what I believed in.
Now with the 300-sensor, which is similar to what we’re doing but that’s better, you can capture everything in your vision. That’s the new paradigm.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever been more excited for what photography could offer me. Photography is a lot more than just photography—in fact, it’s a lot more