The New Carpe Diem

Consider what Walker Evans told students at Yale in the sixties: “Work alone if you can… you want to concentrate; you have to. Companions you may be with, unless perfectly patient and slavish to your genius, are bored stiff with what you’re doing. This will make itself felt and ruin your concentrated, sustained purpose.”

Case in point: our last trip. Five days outta town. Quy tonestly, except for an episode involving cyclists on a bridge, the stuff I was shooting wasn’t getting the concentration it deserved–plus, there were late nights that removed the option to shoot at dawn—until the last day, when I was able to arrive at a target site before sunrise (sort of). That session was the payoff. I got to do it my way, Don Costa.

“Don’t wait for the stars to line up.”

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