Q&A: Paul John Nelson


Make a prediction for the future. Over-reliance on technology and increasing natural disasters. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Wood varnish. What was the last crime you witnessed? Bad graffiti. How would you survive in prison? Badly. You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. French. What is the next book you want to read? A bloody good one. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. Humans. Whilst getting a bad haircut, do you speak up or hope that it works out? Hope that it works out – never does. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Anything involving government is a lie. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Ancient Egypt. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? Idiots. Describe a cheap thrill. Slight dips in the road in speedy car journeys. If your face was on the front of a restaurant what would be served inside? Pizza. Your favorite painter? Ed Ruscha, Geoff McFetridge.

You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? Cruelty/Hope. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? John Terry. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Do what you love, even if it doesn’t pay. What should be the next animal to be domesticated? Bears. A museum of natural history and a museum of contemporary art are on fire. Who gets the water? Natural History. Ultimate camera? Leica M6. Most used camera? Contax T3, Olympus MJU ii. Invent a flavour. Puke-berry. What is the worst mode of transportation? Hovercraft. Is there something wrong with kids today, and if so, what? Apathy. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Extra-terrestrials. What is the most un-eatable food? Bubble and squeak. What will replace humans? The natural world. In the event of a disaster, where would you go? A cave. Last words before death? I told you I was sick.

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