Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing
and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth
which can make them come back again.
You cannot develop and print a memory.
Both the blessing and the curse of photography
is that you have to be there.
f/8 and be there
traditional advice to photojournalists
These statements are all correct. Photography demands that you be there, point the camera in the right direction, release the shutter at the right time. But when you are there, you do point the camera in the right direction, you do release the shutter at the right time — then you create a window into the past in a way that no other visual medium can match. Then you can develop and print a memory, or at least glimpse it — spy on it.
My photography organizes itself into loosely-defined, open-ended projects that are rarely complete because, well, I'm still photographing. I have embarked on a long-term effort to reprint the best of each of my projects in a uniform format -- sort of a portfolio of portfolios. I want them to spy on memories -- my memories of course but I hope that they are yours as well.