Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Are you a student? If so, what do you study?
I am not a student nor do I attend college.
What will the themed book you're working on be about?
Loosely, it will be about perceived spirituality.
Your girlfriend is a photographer, too. Do you work together often?
Melissa Prentki is also a poet & writer, she is like a swiss army knife of usefulness. We do reflect our ideas towards each other for direction & interpretation which I can say has helped. We don't always mesh on how to go about a project or even the idea itself, but I know that her input is genuine to her ability & it becomes one of the first things that I consider.
What do you like about Polaroids?
The Polaroid is a technically easy (in comparison to a rangefinder) camera to get the hang of. The camera itself forced me to do things that a high end digital camera cannot teach so starkly. To work within it's limitation and still produce enjoyable work is great. At the time, I did not have the knowledge into proper camera equipment. I probably still don't.
Do you consider either online portfolios or sites like flickr more helpful than the other for photographers? If so, why?
Well, that depends on what the individual wants to do with their work. I consider Flickr a social popularity contest that currently has the online community a photographer wants. Receiving an email from somebody that took the time to interpret my portfolio site is worth more than a million folks clicking the "favorite" button on flickr. Hell, I'd love a few emails asserting my work as complete garbage over the "favorite" button. This interview makes me sound pessimistic.
When was the last time you totally ruined a whole roll or felt that you outperformed yourself?
I ruined three rolls this month. One roll just rolled up into it's case after the first photo was taken and that was that. The other two rolls just came out under par. I never think in "rolls" because when you have a photo(s) that turns out extremely well, everything before that was just part of the process.
Is there a period or style in art history you particularly like?
If we could just consider art history as a chinese buffet then my plate would have a little bit of noodles, a few pieces of shrimp, & a vegetarian egg roll.
What was the worst horror movie you ever saw?
Oh man, the movie S.I.C.K. (Serial Insane Clown Killer) is the obvious winner, but the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode title Manos: The Hands of Fate is a good runner up.
Are you more into social or rather natural sciences?
All science is good science.
What would you say is the the best invention from within the last 10 years?
Personally, the MP3 player is because I broke so many portable CD players growing up.
Do you have a favorite character/figure in a movie/book/tv series?
Most likely the character Howard Roark. Dr. Strangelove is fantastic as well. Omar from The Wire too.
Your newspaper of choice?
New York Times even though I live in Baltimore City. The paper here is shit.
The perfect pizza has to include ...
Pineapples with extra sauce & cheese.
What is more important for you in a movie: the dialogues or the action?
I have really bad hearing in both my ears but a movie with dialogue (and subtitles) over action.
Really good perspectives, be sure to take a look at his work!