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When the Documerica archives were resurrected 40 years later, I was interviewed many times. One radio journalist joined me at the decimated location where my original photojournalism had taken place.
That interviewer had asked me to photograph the aftermath. He then asked that I think out loud while doing this. Talking and photographing was certainly unusual for me, as someone who tends to work silently and reflexively.
After a friend heard the broadcast, she expressed her fascination in what goes through my mind as I create images. I had always taken this process as a given, merely the way I work. Despite that, her remark started me thinking that, “maybe I know something.”
I realized—in a later panel discussion at the National Archives and always in gallery talks—that people do tend to gather around. They ask many questions to which I actually have answers. As a late bloomer, making photography my career after many of my peers were already established, I had worked hard to catch up.
Now I was becoming known for photographic art…