A virulent, aggressive minority has decided that Americans don't know themselves what it is they should see, and need to be protected by people who are wiser than they are, even if they are only a tiny sliver of the population.
All my life I've taken photographs of people who are completely at peace being what they were in the situations I photographed them in.
I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body. Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and angles that make people see red, which are evidence of original sin or something, and I avoid that.
I don't photograph any two people who are remotely the same.
I've had to relearn how I work with people so that if and when I do avoid different things I don't send any messages in doing so.
No two people take on the information of being admirable and being admired in the same way.
Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and angles that make people see red, which are evidence of original sin or something, and I avoid that. I don't shoot that any more.
Some of the people that I photographed as sticks became much more voluptuous, much rounder, in some cases dramatically so, and I think they're even more beautiful.
That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
The transactions between me and the people that I photograph are very, very collaborative.
What pedophiles and people who have sexual desires on children lose sight of to a terrible, terrible degree - a devastating degree - is that their victims are real people who will suffer forever whatever abuses are perpetrated on them.
But the truth is that Homo sapiens is a sensual species. I think all species are, to one degree or another.
The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species.
I'd rather get back to making art than talk about it.
If it gets to the Supreme Court, I'll have the directors of every museum in the country as expert testimony that my work is legitimate art.