Q&A: Ben Roberts

22.10.12

Make a prediction for the future. Someone, hopefully, will punch George Osborne square in the mush on national TV. Your favorite painter? That’s a pretty hard choice, so I’ll take liberties and name a few.. David Hockney’s portraits, Ford Madox-Brown’s street scenes, Hieronymous Bosch’s chaotic, twisted hell, and Mark Rothko’s sense of calm. Invent a swear-word. While I have a disgraceful potty mouth, I’m reluctant to add to the profanisaurus, for fear that my creation will not cut the mustard. Are pets actually prisoners? No, but their owners are. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. RANKINUS PLATONICUS. Would you still take photos if you could only take them in nightclubs? Yes. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you trust your closest friends? 10. How would you dress if you were suddenly an elderly man? A different saville row suit for every day of the week. How would you survive in prison? Press ups. What is the next book you want to read? 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Ultimate camera? A bomb proof mamiya 7. Most used camera? iphone. Do you believe in world peace? Unfortunately religion exists. Are our lives controlled by fate or sexual urges? Fate. You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Spanish. What was the last crime you witnessed? I saw a girl punch her friend in the face repeatedly outside kings cross station about 2 months ago. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? David Cameron. again and again and again and again. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. August 28, 1963 – Martin Luther King delivers a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial entitled ‘I Have a Dream’ What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Losing. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? The Sun. Describe a cheap thrill. Instagram. Is hesitation a kind of weakness? In certain situations sure, but in another situation, hesitancy (or perhaps a better word might be ‘caution) could be an asset. Could you own a gun? No. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Botany; i would recreate the day of the triffids in downing street. Which religion seems most tempting? None of them. Which living person do you most admire? Mo Farah, simply because he recognised his potential, and had the dedication and commitment to fulfill it. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Inspector John Rebus. Last words before death? Thanks.

Ben Roberts – From the series Más Se Perdió En Cuba.