Roger Ballen
[Photographer, b. 1950, New York, lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.]

 In the end, I believe that the most important influence on my aesthetic has been the photographs I have taken. 
 A lot of photography is about the unexpected happening during the time that you do the work. So it’s not something that you can really predict. 
 The thing that influences me the most is my own pictures. 
 The pictures are of a psychological culture, a Jungian culture, if you will. It emanates from my own psyche... It’s a hard place to get to, honestly. It has taken me many years to get to that place and to define it visually. 
 Because photography is such an easy medium to master technically, especially with today’s cameras, people don’t realize that it’s not just being able to pick up a camera. When I lift that camera up to take a picture, I’ve gone through thousands of steps to get to that point. That’s what you’re really seeing; it’s a complex view of the world, through my imagination, through my experiences. 
 I don’t have any particular ideas about what I want to do…. I just relax and keep a focused mind and make the photographs. 
 You need to travel deep inside yourself to create a good picture. 
 Every time you push the button of the camera you create a new reality. 
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