I used to meditate. But I can’t sit still, so I now take walks to keep my mind moving. Fifteen minutes. No talking, just listening. That, and reading. Right now, I’m obsessed with books by philosophers of art. I really like Susanne Langer and Roland Barthes. I’m also fascinated by collections of artists’ interviews. Hans Ulrich Obrist’s, David Sylvester’s and Dave Hickey’s. There’s always a new photographer whose work I try to look at too. It’ll be Bill Owens’ one day, Wolfgang Tillmans’ the next. For a while, Ryan McGinley was my mentor.
Next, I’m trying to invest the same attention into present-day photographers as I am in photographers from the past. There’s an obvious interest in two photographers that I’ve photographed, Tyler Mitchell and Arvida Byström. But I’m also really interested in this group of photographers whose work is about materiality, the body, homes and the American landscape. Molly Matalon, David Brandon Geeting
, Corey Olsen
and Caroline Tompkins
. Each of them is unique and equally amazing.