[Photographer, b. 1973, Atlanta, Georgia, lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.]
When a person looks at a photograph you’ve taken, they will always think of themselves, their own life experience. They will relate your photograph to their memories. That interplay is where a picture becomes alive and grows into something.
We all are influenced by things and copy things, but often where there is a certain level of copying, only the surface value ends up being reproduced and that becomes thinner and thinner. I feel like a lot of appropriation suffers from that.
Sometimes it’s a little depressing—why does the world need any more pictures?
Photography has clarity in the same way that language has. A word is precise, but its meaning can change based on the words around it: think tank, tank top.