Three of your four primary areas of focus — surf, skate and moto — is currently experiencing its heyday. Is there a saturation point, how long can it last?
Who knows, so many things in life are cyclical, but right now we’ve literally just got to ride the proverbial wave — and it’s a big one. I never thought I’d see an event in my lifetime like Babes Ride Out, with nearly 3 000 women riding motorcycles and camping for four days in the Joshua Tree desert region of California! [https://babesrideout.com]
In a cluttered world of mass information, hurtling at us from every direction, how do you choose what media to consume?
Oh man, I can go down an Instagram rabbit hole like the rest of us! But I feel like I need to scan through loads of material, seeking visual inspiration for my own work and future events to attend. I am very conscious though of detaching from the screen. I force myself to engage with a tangible product like a book or magazine. I’ll also leave my phone at home when going out to a movie.
Have you ever had a harrowing moment during a shoot?
My first ever solo exhibit in New York was due to open on September 11, 2001 in Manhattan. We were hanging the final pieces till late on September 10 at the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery in SoHo and were due to return the next morning for final preparations. Usually I would stay nearby overnight, but renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz had given me the use of his apartment on the Upper East Side some distance away. We obviously woke up to the news of the devastating events that were unfolding. We only opened the exhibit six months later.
[Editor’s note: SoHo and the original World Trade Centre (Twin Towers) are in close proximity to each other in Lower Manhattan.]
What events or destinations are on your wish list to participate in or shoot?
The Frozen Few, who get up to winter shenanigans in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. Also the series of Hot Rod events at Pendine Sands in South Wales (UK), featuring straightline beach speed races and grass/flat track classes.