became an art director and creative director for my own company. For me it was a multidimensional experience: How do you put yourself in a space? And when people come to look at a house, they’re working with whatever they saw online. Sometimes they have their phone and the house pictures and I almost have to say, Wait a minute, can you please put your phone down? I want you to experience what it feels like to be in here. Walk into the rooms.
I did a series on making mysteries. If I saw an old car with the trunk up, I’d ask the person to get partway into the car. Some of those are in the Polaroid Collection. Before photography I was supposedly getting a Ph.D. in economics. Boring. But my dissertation data was classified and I couldn’t complete it. Why not? The government took it away. It was about the impact on our labor market due to the transfer of technology.
Did you get your Ph.D. anyway?