Q&A: Ellen Burns



Left or right handed? Right handed. Worst memory? i’d prefer not to say. Favorite memory? 1997. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Some kind of amazing underwater creature. Like a whale or something. Just doing my thing. In the ocean. On what occasion do you lie? I try not to. Which living person do you most despise? Myself most days. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? would you mind if I took your picture… If you were an inanimate object, what would it be? A blown light bulb possibly. or a christmas tree – but not at christmas time. some other time. Ultimate camera? Any will do. Most used camera? My mums old pentax asahi spotmatic. it’s my substitute child. What object do you want? Currently i am trying not to collect objects to prepare for operation project nomad. which is hard because i’m a hoarder. it’s genetic.

What object do you need? Maybe some kind of rain stick. Summer or winter? Used to be summer. Now I’m not too sure. Most important possession? I know it sounds predictable and stupid so I chose not to answer. Which actor would you be? brandon lee, or Rose McGowan but only Rose McGowan in planet terror. Which talent would you most like to have? Any would be great. a useful one would be even better. What is your motto? No regrets. Who are your favorite writers? Ts elliot. Rollins. Ian Bavitz. Michael Gira. What is your biggest regret? I don’t have any regrets as such… mainly consistent embarrassing moments. What is your favorite journey? Any solo adventure with a camera to somewhere i’ve never been before, and it doesn’t have to be far away. What is your most marked characteristic? People tell me i’m creepy. What is your most annoying habit? Probably being a creep.

What are you most looking forward too? In all honesty i’ve been thinking about tomorrows coffee since i finished today’s. other than that, traveling to the states in September to begin the next 900 bedroom portraits. What is your current state of mind? Simultaneously appalled and amused. What is your favorite occupation? Just occupying things in general. What is the quality you most like in a man? The quality where said man buys me a scotch whiskey on ice. What is the quality you most like in a woman? The quality where said woman buys me a scotch whiskey on ice. What do you most value in your friends? If i told you that you’d steal them from me. Last words before death? Not words so much, more likely the theme song to samurai pizza cats..

Ellen Burns – From the series 1000 Bedrooms.