Which places in Los Angeles do you associate with especially happy moments?
Helmut Newton is one of my absolute main inspirations. I’ve looked at every picture I found by him. And I had dinner at his house with his wife to learn more about him. He said that you should never have to go more than a mile from your hotel to find the perfect spot. And I applied that to my house in Los Angeles, because I see it as living in a hotel in Los Angeles although I don’t. You know Los Angeles is like a holiday video most of the time. It’s like an artist’s dream.
So you can find the perfect spot at every corner?
Some days I need to create an image and I may not have a location in mind and I just go walking. You know I live just off Sunset Boulevard and I’ve never had the situation that Sunset Boulevard didn’t deliver the location. It really is my studio. Los Angeles is my studio and Sunset Boulevard is the main platform. So many corners, car parks, hotels, rooftops, back alleys, gardens, hedges, palm trees – it really is my favorite place in the world to take pictures.