I'm a photographer, period. I love photography, the immediacy of it. I like the craft, the idea of saying 'I'm a photographer.'
For me, it's easier to like more things than to dislike them; I'm not a critic in that sense. I find it easier to like more, to be more open and enjoy more things, which has given me more opportunities.
Success to me is being a good person, treating people well.
I believe in a visual language that should be as strong as the written word.
You work with people who are obsessive about shopping, obsessive about owning things and buying things, like this purchase is going to make them happy. And you want to say to them, 'You know, no amount of real estate is gonna fill that void.'
The adornment of the body is a human need. I don't see anything superficial about it unless your life becomes very materialistic.
I like thinking about the fragility of the human flesh and our bodies - our decay and eventual death.
I would rather die than be a serious artist, or a fake artist.
I love fashion, beauty, glamour. It's the mark of civilisation.
I like the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas more than the actual one.
There's nothing that symbolizes loss or grief more than a mother losing a child.
As you get older, you think about things differently from when you do in your twenties, when you think you'll live forever.
I never want people to be repulsed with my pictures; I always want to attract people.
My mother taught me a lot about respect for all living things - for plants and animals. I am a vegetarian. I was brought up that way.
We use fashion for status and to beautify and there's nothing wrong with that, but when it becomes completely unbalanced, then you're living a decadent life. And when that happens on a global scale, you're living in a decadent world.
I've never wanted to be part of an inner circle of any scene. I've always been an outsider looking to question and subvert.
Just as Renaissance artists provided narratives for the era they lived in, so do I. I'm always looking beyond the surface. I've done that ever since I first picked up a camera.
With mania, is it dangerous to ride that euphoric feeling. You feel very animated and creative; I would fill journals with drawings. It feels good and you want it to last, but it can lead to being delusional. The delusions can be as real as you thinking you can fly.
I have this idea that you can use glamour and still have it represent something that matters.
I went to art high school and thought I'd be a painter. Unfortunately I didn't finish high school, but that's always been part of my work.