I am first of all a visual person. I use whatever medium is appropriate for what I am trying to do at the time. If I'm shooting a documentary, writing a book, drawing, photographing, making sculpture, or an installation, it is all part of the same journey for me.

In Notes on a Life, you write about being in the audience for Sofia Coppola's 2003 Oscar speech, where she won an Academy Award for writing Lost in Translation, and hearing her thank "my mom for always encouraging me to make art." You write that, "It was what I most wanted to be appreciated for." Can you elaborate?

I think that pretty much sums it up. I had an art table with supplies in the kitchen for her while she was growing up. I took her and her brothers to museums and happenings. I was deeply happy to know that she valued those experiences and drew from them in her adult creative life.

Soboru #5, from Eleanor Coppolla's series of scrolls.
Soboru #5, from Eleanor Coppolla's series of scrolls.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Breathe in, breathe out.

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