HK: For your early photos, did you know that there was a unique aesthetic quality around you?
WE: I don’t think I thought that way.
HK: It was just taking pictures of what was around?
WE: Yes, what was there at the time.
HK: Do you always have a camera with you?
WE: Not always. Almost always. If not on me or in the glove compartment, then at least in my bag.
HK: Have there been times in your life when you wished you had a camera?
WE: Yes, but I don’t dwell on them because they pass in an instant.
HK: Are there any particular images that you’ve never been able to get out of your head?
WE: Not that I can think of. I’ve also never had favorite pictures. Or subjects. I have this discipline of treating everything equally-I used to say “democratically.”
HK: If you had to choose between being blind or being deaf, which one would you choose?
WE: Don’t know. I don’t have any experience with that, except for my color blindness.
HK: But if you were forced to make the decision.
WE: I think with being blind the one thing you would have going is that you could still feel things, see your way around so to speak. And if you had had the experience of seeing at one time in your life, then you would know what it was like and be able to function. I’ve said this before, I think I could really photograph blind if I had to.
HK: It would be possible to photograph blind?
WE: I quite frequently don’t look through the camera, which is very close to being blind.
William Eggleston interviewed by Harmony Korine: because some things just make sense