Mr. Threadgill on Continuity

“You know, you don’t play for one week, your wife or your girlfriend knows; two weeks and you know; three weeks and everybody knows.

“I have friends who can do both. I can’t do both. I have to do one at a time. I write, and then I go to my instruments. I can’t keep up with the instruments if the writing becomes too demanding.

“I figured out a long time ago that going back for me is always a mistake . I mean on every level: personal life, everything – going backward does not work for me, it’s destructive.  All of my mistakes have been made going backwards.”

These are excerpts from a huge interview by Ethan Iverson. Dig it all at

Who’s your audience?

We are.

Not your parents, nor your siblings, nor your grandparents;

not your teachers, nor your dean or principal or counselor, nor your future college;

not your pastor, spiritual advisor, personal trainer;

not the government, nor some credit bureau, nor whoever is surveilling.

You, and we, are your audience: photographers.