I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America in a sense. It's a metropolis, so it's representative of Holland, but only a part of it - you know, it's more extreme, there's more happening, it's more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is.
Apart from photography and music videos, I also do graphic design.
When I was younger, I'd buy a vinyl album, take it home and live with it, and I think that attachment's largely gone for the file-sharing generation.
I have never understood models. I find it really hard to find beauty in that or to discover beauty because the beauty was so obvious.
I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.
I have such a love of good music that I find even melancholic music uplifting. Maybe I'm a rare breed.
My photography changed from being more documentary-like to arranging things more, and that came into being partly because I started doing music videos, and I incorporated some things from the music videos into my photography again, by arranging things more.
The only advantage of the CD is that you have a booklet that can tell a bit of a story, but the little covers are just boring. I love vinyl, and I have loads of it. It's the same thing as digital photography versus film photography. It's a quality thing.
Analog is more beautiful than digital, really, but we go for comfort.
I love body language.
If you make something with love and, you know, passion and you tell a real story, I think it will always find an audience somehow, you know.
With photography, you are lucky if you get people to look at your pictures at some point. There's no formal way to show them.
I never really enjoyed getting a portfolio together then sending it out; whereas, putting up the website is quite an enjoyable experience. The net's just a much faster and more modern way to distribute things, and you have to embrace it.
In 1979, I moved to England and photographed Joy Division and Bowie and Beefheart. At that time I got images that I felt had that special, well - power is a big word to say - more like intimacy and ambition that outlasted the photo shoot. I felt that they would have a longer life.
You always want to come back with an image that's interesting visually, and you hope to get something from the person you photograph that's different than other images you know of these people.
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