There’s No Going Backwards

Art does not exist to repeat or return to the past. It is always about moving forward. Whether art influences culture or culture influences art is like asking if the egg came first or the chicken.

Photography has many roles in our culture. For me it’s always about a creative pursuit. Photography is an art even if we don’t always think of it that way.

Museums and galleries still persist in using the terms art & photography as if they are not one and the same. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that photography is still rather young.

Self Portrait at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Hello World, New York City, May 2019

Regardless, the world keeps turning, culture changes and I continue to move forward. If I am no longer able to find a way to evolve my art then it will be an indication that it’s time for me to put my cameras away.

But I don’t foresee that happening any time in the near future. There’s always something new to explore and ways to expand even if progress sometimes appears to happen slowly.

In art there is no going backwards and repeating the old. That reminds me of all the reunion bands who come back to play their old music from 50 years ago. If I do that, please let me know. No turning back time. As if we could. Here’s to the future of art!