John Sexton
[Photographer, b. 1953, Maywood, California, lives in California.]

 The difference between RC-paper and fiber-based paper is the same as the difference between vinyl and leather. 
 Many photographers are consumed with the idea of making beautiful contact sheets. I am far more interested in making the best final print I can. 
 It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates. It is light I “listen” to. The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening. After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light, the air begins to still, and a quiet descends. I see magic in the quiet light of dusk. I feel quiet, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat. A sense of magic prevails. A sense of mystery. It is a time for contemplation, for listening—a time for making photographs. 
 To convey in the print the feeling you experienced when you exposed your film—to walk out of the darkroom and say: “This is it, the equivalent of what I saw and felt!” That’s what it’s all about. 
 Pictures you have taken have an influence on those that you are going to make. That’s life! 
 A photographer needs to be a good editor of negatives and prints! In fact, most of the prints I make are for my eyes only, and they are no good. I find the single most valuable tool in the darkroom is my trash can—that’s where most of my prints end up.