Sexton ©1999 Anne Larsen
Tell us about how your interest in photography started.
It actually began out of an interest in drag racing of all things.
I was on the pit crew of a professional dragster. And my brother
who had been in Vietnam came back with a 35mm camera. And because
of my access to areas around the track I would take pictures. And
friends of mine that had photography class in high school would
develop the film and make prints and I'd take them back to the track
and give 'em away or try and sell them. Much to my parents' dismay,
I majored in photography in college.
What were your first photographic ambitions?
Originally I wanted to be an industrial photographer, mainly because
it's what one of my photography professors had done.
The Turning Point
Which photographers did you admire as a young man?
As part of my studies I went to see an exhibition by three photographers:
Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Winn Bullock in Pasadena, California,
and I had never seen photographs such as those before where the
prints really glowed. I'd never had a photograph in front of me
that made your heartbeat skip and catch your breath. It was truly
an inspiring experience.