My photography at its purest is about response, about visual exploration, about discovery.
On one level, if I knew what it was I wanted in advance, I'm not sure I would chose
photography as a medium. Part of what excites me about photography is its very
uncertainty, the fact that it is not just the photographer, but the vagaries of the world that result in the photograph. If I had a greater inkling of just what I wanted in advance, why not choose a medium where there is much greater imaginative control, like painting?
“You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and I knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I’m creating an imaginary — it’s always imaginary — world in which I would like to live.”
~ William S. Burroughs, quoted in interview, The Paris Review (Fall 1965)