I try and distill things down. Whats most important. In life. Hard work. Compassion. Generosity. Generosity of spirit. What does this mean? Work hard, don’t be a dick. I like spending time with people who work hard. The "have a lot of calluses" kind of hard. I get inspired by these kinds of people and just being around them.
I’m currently making a doc and I watched a welder reposition his gear to set a steel wall yesterday. He spent over an hour just moving his equipment. Up and down stairs. Threading yards of hose through a maze of obstacles, doorways and ladders. He paused just long enough to light a smoke. “It’s really a pretty easy job if you think about it” and then he was off again. Working. That inspired me.
I don’t really care how pretty someone is. Or how many fucking followers they have. Or who they know or what they’re wearing or any of that shit. I don’t care and I’m not interested. Are you genuine. Do you work hard. Are you kind. I like photographing these kinds of people the most.
My approach is not sophisticated. Hey dude, can I take your picture. This guy just lit up when I asked. Go stand over there, I said. He did and then my expensive camera was acting up. This is embarrassing. I got it working and snapped a couple pictures. This is one of them. I thanked him and apologized for slowing down his work. He shrugged and then shyly tells me about one time when he was eating lunch in a restaurant. “I looked just like this and a woman came up and said its men like you that built this country.” The memory clearly meant something to him. I told him she was right and thanked him again for his time.
Work hard. Don’t be a dick.
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