"The Music of Regret XIII" (1994)

"The Music of Regret XIII," 1994
Cibachrome print, 23 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches.
© Laurie Simmons, courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.

"My inner life about my own work is very theatrical and narrative. But that’s something I was always afraid to express because I came of age in a time when cool distance in the work and a more conceptual turn of mind were very important. So I had a very secret inner life about the pictures that I was making. I had music in my head that was playing while I was shooting. Sometimes I had a narrative; sometimes I was thinking about a more specific situation. But I always wanted my still photographs to be cool and simple and to have an almost abstract edge."

- Laurie Simmons