Tina Barney
[Photographer, b. 1945, New York, lives in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, and New York.]

 Can you see the deaths, divorces, job losses or changes, disappointments, surprises, and successes on people's faces? Have they been happy, sad, disillusioned, or gratified? I have been trying the single, vertically shot portrait with my 8 x 10 since 1985 and never felt I succeeded in finding what I was looking for. 
 Is this fear of the inevitability of that final, drastic loneliness what instigated this obsessively frantic insistence to mark every living inch of life so as to not miss one detail? And with a stubbornness that I was born with, I demand that you take notice, and not look over, and never forget. 
 [My advice to a beginning photographer is] sit down with a pencil and paper and think about what your life is about. What you are about. Don’t even take a camera into your hands before you figure that out. 
 I know now that before I take a picture I have to be sure about how I feel about the subjects. What I don’t know is if I should explain to them what I’m doing while I’m photographing them... 
 My theory is, the more pictures you take, the better you get. It’s like a sport. I never wait to get a particular shot because wonderful accidents can happen when you shoot a lot. 
 Does getting closer to the subject make the photograph more intimate? I’m sure it takes more than that. What comes next? The face, the nude? That’s what I'd love to do. Who would even let me do that?