It is a while ago since I photographed Ben Stiller. He was really breaking through at the time. Becoming the mega star that he is now.
Being a photographer in Hollywood is fascinating. You meet a lot of celebrities. People always ask me: Who is the most famous person that you ever photographed. As if it is some kind of competition. I usually tell the anecdote of when Madonna took a picture of me at Cafe Tabac, haha.
I feel close to the Zoolander movie, although it is outrageous it touches the feeling of wanting a deeper experience. When I took Ben’s picture - in a mansion made of… wait for it… blue steel - I had just come back from a long trip in Asia where I spent months in a silent meditation retreat in Burma. Owen Wilson’s character is hilarious too.
It is interesting how photographers are often portrayed as a kind of Zen dude. I was young, perhaps seventeen when I first heard a story about a photographer NOT taking a picture. A journalist had been walking with a famous Swedish photographer on a rural road. The photographer lifted his Rolleiflex and surveyed the landscape, he allowed the journalist to observe the viewfinder and said: This would have made a great picture wouldn’t it. So I had a great smile when they used that idea in Walter Mitty for Sean Penn’s character (he too would be great to photograph, wouldn’t he).
I didn’t intend to cover all the movies that are dealing with photographers or the fashion industry in this text. Just really say that I have been writing one for a while now. I have gotten help from a few good people along the way. This has given me the opportunity to really dig deep and take some time out to focus. At the moment I am sitting on over six hundred pages of notes that have been condensed to a workable 124 page first draft of a script. One to a couple of hours a day of writing, in the midst of all the other little projects that I am doing is where it is at.
Blow Up and Fellini’s 8&1/2, Gia and Edie: American Girl, The September Issue and Ultrasuede: In search of Halston, there are a lot of movies that inspire me, but is there really a recent one that focuses on the photographers point of view, is there...