I shot The Creation of the Universe in 1990, and then stopped working on personal projects until 2007 when I went to New York, bought myself a decent digital camera (at the time), and shot Phoning It In, i.e. people walking around talking on their cell phones. It was a fairly new phenomenon then and it offered me a lot of subject matter, but the subject was arbitrary. I was mostly learning new equipment and methods, and shooting the streets of New York. Shooting New York City street photography is a thrill. I was shooting as fast as the streets, and I wasn’t concerning myself so much with focus. That’s the way New York is—you see something, but before you have time to focus on it, you see something else.
This project inspired me to recommit to street photography, but shortly thereafter, an experience at Mission Beach in San Diego convinced me to never take candid photographs of strangers again. (By the end of 2016, I will provide a link to a telling of that tale.)