SC: Where do you see everything going from now on, in this industry? Do you see yourself working as a photographer forever?
MG: Hopefully! I hope that I keep going, that I keep getting better and stronger as a photographer. I can’t wait to be an old lady street photographer! I hope I’m still running around at 80. In terms of big goals, I do hope that my work ends up in a museum, somewhere. That would be a dream, although I know it’s a big one. That would be a very happy moment, because you know, I do consider myself more of an artist than a journalist. I think I bring my art to my journalism and I think my best work is my street work. To be picked up by a gallery would be amazing, too. I had a couple solo shows and they were amazing. To do more of that would be great. And more brand work, I think it would be a lot of fun to bring my street photography sensibility to working with brands. I’ve had a few good meetings lately, so hopefully that’ll happen. And somewhere down the road, I want to start a family with Sasha, before I get too old to pick a baby up. And that takes a lot of financial preparation, and commitment. And maybe being able to be a homeowner? I don’t know if that’ll ever be possible. But that’s a dream, to have a family and a home, and to be able to continue doing photography. That’s the dream. What about you?
SC: Down the line, I think I’ll always be doing photography, in some aspect. I’ve filled a lot of roles in the photo world. Whether it’s being an assistant, working freelance as a photographer, being an editor, a curator, a producer… And out of all of these, I love photo editing the most. I’m really happy where I am in my career and in my life. I wouldn’t really change anything, if I could. I mean, I’d love to have more energy and time to shoot – and executing more personal projects. That said, the way the industry is, especially in publications, in editorial, you really don’t know when something is going to fall. I primarily handle the web side of things, but no one is really safe. You never know what new platform or media is going to come out. And it is really exciting that there are so many opportunities and ways to create content that we didn’t have before. A lot of my photo experience has been working under tech companies, but I love what I do now so much more. But you know, all of this could explode, one day, right? (laughs)
MG: You’ll probably know in advance if anything explodes, since you work at Wired! (laughs)
SC: I’m the least technologically savvy person you’ll ever meet! I was the last person to get a mobile phone, I used pay phones until they were too nasty to use. And I was the last person to get on Facebook, and I probably wouldn’t use any of these things, minus Instagram, if it wasn’t for work. I’d miss Instagram, I love it. But I’m curious to see what is going to be the next platform, the next Instagram. Or will it all blow up? Will people revert back to printing? Who knows. I’ll hold on to this as long as I can, but when I was working at Instagram, I was definitely worried that I was going to age out of this very quickly. I was working on a team with a bunch of people in their twenties, and I loved it, but I was definitely the grandma of the group. (laughs) Who knows if I’ll be pushed out? It’s very possible that at some point, people might want to go with someone younger.
MG: It’s horrible to think about.
SC: There was a strong push toward teen content and interests, and I don’t have a teenager, I’m not hanging out with teens, so I was very far removed from that world. But you’re sitting there looking for content that’s exciting for teens.
MG: “What do the kids like?” (laughs)
SC: Ha, exactly! I mean, the demographic at Wired is very different, obviously. But my plan B is to open a bakery, or a little cafe with a photo gallery and bookstore component somewhere.
MG: Well, I hope you hire me to work there because being a barista is the only other thing I’m well trained in!