I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body. Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and angles that make people see red, which are evidence of original sin or something, and I avoid that.
I've had to relearn how I work with people so that if and when I do avoid different things I don't send any messages in doing so.
Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and angles that make people see red, which are evidence of original sin or something, and I avoid that. I don't shoot that any more.
I'm an artist that's attracted to a specific way of seeing and a way of being.
In fact, I don't believe I'm guilty of any crimes, but I've always been drawn to and fascinated by physical, sexual and psychological change, and there's an erotic aspect to that.
I became good at defending myself, but as far as I was concerned, that was a transient skill.
If somebody's pointing a trembling finger at your pants and saying you shouldn't be doing that, follow that finger back, go up the arm and look at the head that's behind it, because there's almost always something fairly woolly in there.
As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing. You also bring shame in as a phenomenon.
I found myself serving a sentence of public denial from the very second the raid on my apartment happened.
I'm the last person who has any desire to instruct anybody in shame. That's no errand for me.
When I started doing my work years ago, I had doubts as to whether the informed-consent question was answerable.
We live in an age where anonymity is growing in magnitude like a bomb going off.
That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
All my life I've taken photographs of people who are completely at peace being what they were in the situations I photographed them in.
A virulent, aggressive minority has decided that Americans don't know themselves what it is they should see, and need to be protected by people who are wiser than they are, even if they are only a tiny sliver of the population.
There's no particular evidence that any of the lower mammals or any of the other animals have any interest in aesthetics at all. But Homo sapiens does, always has and always will.
I will always admit immediately to what's obvious, which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or inherently sensual from birth.
No two people take on the information of being admirable and being admired in the same way.
What pedophiles and people who have sexual desires on children lose sight of to a terrible, terrible degree - a devastating degree - is that their victims are real people who will suffer forever whatever abuses are perpetrated on them.
I'm guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it's a naivete that I really don't want to abandon, not even now.