You carried your camera with you as a taxi driver in New York City. The city was your office, so to speak, and you were able to take pictures on the job. When you began taking pictures, did you know what you were looking for? Had you seen things from the cab and thought, “if I only had my camera”?
I think that anyone who lived in NYC back in the late ’70s remembers what certain parts of the city were like, particularly at night. The things I saw were brutal and sometimes real funny. “If I only had a camera” was something I started mumbling after each crazy thing I saw; people having sex in broad daylight on the hood of a car, knife fights that seemed like they were a scene from West Side Story, and lots of other violent or unbelievable things. The list could go on and on.