Tell us about your life’s work.
My life’s work is moments. What I mean by that is everything that I’ve done, everything I’ve wanted to do, everything I’ve had a passion for and everything I’ve made a living at, has come down to moments. Documenting them as a news photographer, producing them as a director and sharing them in the service of brands as creative director. Inspiration for me is in the anticipation of those moments, created or captured.
How does your sense of pride inform what you do?
Pride informs how I approach work, but I try not to let it cloud my sense of self. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and I’m proud when something I help create is successful or impactful, but I’m conscious of how I never want that pride I might feel to give me an inflated ego. For me, pride in what I do is doing it to the best of my ability and letting that be enough.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be a great dad. The work, whether it’s a passion or not, is still work. A legacy is my son living his life knowing that kindness and character are what’s most important and learning that from what he sees in me.
What’s your take on classic style?
Quality. There’s nothing more classic. A quality T-shirt, a quality pair of jeans, a quality suit and a quality pair of shoes. That’s classic. Especially in the world we live in now where it’s never been easier to create a trend, adapt to a trend and then claim you weren’t part of that trend, all within days. Classic to me used to mean James Dean in 1955, but now it’s my 33-year-old Gorilla Biscuits T-shirt and a 25-year-old orange chore coat that I got in a thrift store in Paris.