Thank you for joining us for tea, what beverage are you actually enjoying during this interview?
If I could order something right now, it would be a tall glass of Coke with a lemon slice.
1. Why photography?
I’m a filmmaker and moving images are what really matter to me. Almost everyone else at my school is a photographer and most of them take the craft way too seriously. For me, photography, especially toy photography, is a chance to kick back, quit worrying about technology and just capture interesting images.
2. Half Frame? Full Frame? Square Format? Etc? Which is your favorite format to shoot in and why?
I like 35 mm because it’s cheap and because most of my toy cameras shoot it.
3. Five things that are always in your camera bag:
My Black Slim Devil, Golden Half, Vivitar Mini Digital, Yamasheta 35mm, and my Canon AE-1.
4. Time, space and reality are no longer relevant. You have one hour to photograph the person you always dreamt of.
Who is it and why? Petter Sellers. The man was a comic genius and played a million characters. I’m sure I’d get a lot of variety out of him.
5. If you had to choose just one image to represent your work which would you choose, and why?
I was riding in a bus with some fellow students when I snapped this shot with my Black Slim Devil. The light was just right and I love the ethereal expressions on the guys’ faces. They all seem to be deeply focused on something.
6. What was your best happy accident?
I rescued some 400 color film from a disposable camera I found at a thrift store and ran it through my Yamasheta 35mm. The result were images with this beautiful faded fusion of pink and blue.
7. With or without a camera, what is your perfect day?
Exploring a new city, especially if it has old book stores.
8. Now’s your chance to be among the pantheon of quotable genius like Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, and Karl Pilkington, give us your iconic quote/phrase.
Quantity develops quality.
9. What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far that has impacted
You can take all the photos of buildings, statues, and nature you want, but nothing beats an image with human beings in it.
10. If your life were a movie, what song would play when the credits started to roll?
Human by the Killers