Q&A: Louis Porter


If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? As a rule I avoid leaders and followers in equal measure. Is disappointment healthy? Yes, wonderfully so. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? No regrets on that front. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? I’m English so I can’t bring myself to go there. Most important possession? A stuffed toy rabbit called Bunny. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The 1908 Tunguska event, but from a distance. It was the largest meteorite impact event in recorded history. Make a prediction for the future. That I’ll not answer this question properly. Ultimate camera? A weightless, invisible one. Most used camera? Probably the Mamiya7ii.

Left or right handed? Right. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Dr. Who. Who are hero’s in real life? “real life” doesn’t have goodies, baddies or heroes. What is the most complicated meal you can think of? The complete works of William Shakespeare written on a grain of rice then steamed. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. The smell of one hand clapping. Describe a cheap thrill. Watching pigeons walk. Do ghosts exist? Maybe. Which living person do you most admire? My mother, of course. Which living person do you most despise? I don’t really despise anyone. Who are your favorite writers? Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Fernando Pessoa. Summer or winter? Summer. Where would you like to live? In a castle with central heating. What is your favourite occupation? Being idly curious.

Louis Porter – From the series The Anatomy of Business.