“..I’m not doing it for an audience. I’m doing it to learn more about my own interior. That’s the only purpose. It’s my own journey into my own life. But if we take that as one point, and then look at the other point: what is the purpose of art for the third party? What do I want my art to do for the other person? To me, art should be making people delve inside. It should be a mirror for their own interiors, as I mentioned for myself. It should open them up from one part of their mind to the other part of their mind. It should be something that maybe even scares them, or gives them a jolt or shock.”
Roger Ballen, talking to Jonathan Blaustein, March 2013 on his A Photo Editor blog. It’s a great interview; to read it all, go here.