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Question 20: In reflecting on your overall production, what are your thoughts on your work as an artist?
That I would be the most important thing to have happened to Canadian photography. It’s very vain but in the morning I tell myself: No you’re right. You know what you’re doing, you know where you’re going, and the rest of them are posers. Once again it’s a matter of confidence. When I think about my work, that’s me learning to be confident. I have always had such a hard time with self-confidence; socially speaking I wasn’t very functional. I know I’m a kind person but as soon as I have to talk with people I feel uncomfortable, it freaks me out. But when I look at my work and when I really look at what I’m doing, I feel really confident, I feel good, I feel my work has a certain importance. That’s right now, sitting in front of a camera with people I feel very comfortable being a little self-centered with. That’s how I answer. Otherwise, I think I’m just an artist among many others, but I’d like to believe that every artist has moments when he or she thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread, because that’s the highest satisfaction you can get from your work. You know, when we make something and we think: Nobody else thought of that! Those are moments I consider to be accomplishments. But I’m convinced that one of these days when I will have moments such as an exhibition at the National Gallery or one in New York, those will all be really important things but they’ll never be as important as the little moments when I think: Ah jeez, I’m such a genius! Those are the real good moments, so that would be my favourite accomplishment.