He says in his first photography class at the YMCA in New York City in the Sixties, his instructor made students take all of their photographs on a tripod. And even after the class was over, Patterson was afraid to shoot off the tripod for a year.
He states in relation to that anecdote that the main failure of photographers now is a lack of discipline--even among serious and professional photographers. He also relates that the most satisfying part of photography for him is developing a relationship with his subject--drinking in the image of a field of wheat or some ferns and he can better develop this relationship by slowing down and using a tripod.
Photo by my friend, the inspired photographer, MM