You know, its often said who you know is more important than what you know. And what you know can quite often deem that you know too much. Those you wish to know and those who indeed do know may equally conclude you don’t know enough. Therefore know yourself and know this we are all just passing through and collectively know so very little.
Create a portfolio of the kind of work that you want to get more of, not of work that you will think will get you more work.
Change in this case means challenge for me, to position myself humbly within a new situation and truly become open to new ways of approaching image making.
…even if you are doing something that is not seen by anyone, your existence is seen, by someone around you, and [a] positive message is always necessary, especially in this uncertain world.
Imagery must communicate in a nanosecond - the idea must be immediate and forever memorable… an idea that enters your head and instantly enters pop culture forever.
Basically, he was social networking before social networks were even born.
During [down] periods, it becomes important to reevaluate one’s work, and possibly find a new place for it within the market, as well as new means by which to distribute one’s work.
Self-promotion is more complicated than it’s ever been, we have Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace Facebook and all that shit now. All photographers have blogs. We’re presenting ourselves as brands instead of just as a person who just take good pictures.
Lady Gaga is someone who lives completely within [the industry]. That’s what you can get if you say ‘yes.’ I would have those outfits on and my hair would look like that and those are the songs I would sing. Everybody else on my label’s budget would get cut in order for my Grammy performance with Elton John to be banging.
— M.I.A. in issue 05 of SPREAD|Artculture magazine
You can’t just turn everything you’re doing into encouraging other people to be product buyers,” she continues. “It’s fucked up because I have to make music and ultimately, everyone should hear the music. But people have to buy it for my label to be happy. I just feel like everything is being consumed by corporations. It’s such a thin line for me, because they help me get [my music] out to more people, but I don’t want to be in there.
— M.I.A. in Issue 5 of SPREAD|Artculture
I draw because I have things that I want to say that I might not be able to express through words, through actions. I draw because when I do, the world around me falls away. I draw because it makes me feel good.
The older I get, the more I start to realise that I am more influenced by cinema than photography. Although there are big beautiful photographs - when you are going to the cinema, you can always make up your own story. You have more emotion. I never cry over a photo, but I cry over a movie, or music or literature. That makes me a bit jealous, so I want to achieve that in my photography.