Q&A: Simon Davidson


Describe a cheap thrill. Sleeping in. Is hesitation a kind of weakness? No. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Hydro Physics. Ultimate camera? Polaroid 20 x 24. Most used camera? Nikon F2. You will never love again, what now? Travel… lots of it. What was the last crime you witnessed? Fashion at Bondi Beach. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? My previous landlord. Make a prediction for the future. The nerds will rule the earth. Your favorite painter? Right now… my 6 year old daughter. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. Golden Ego Maximus. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you trust your closest friends? 10. What is the next book you want to read? The Decisive Moment … Henri Cartier-Bresson. Yet to find a copy in good condition at a reasonable price to own.

Do you believe in world peace? Yes. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? It would be wrong of me to drop names. Which living person do you most admire? Last living person I admired ended up in a doping scandal… now I’m apprehensive to admire the living. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Dean Moriarty. Last words before death? I’m going to go quietly and choose silence. Which talent would you most like to have? Photographic memory. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Steve McQueen. Using one word, describe plagiarism. Lazy. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? None really… if I was without a camera I became a witness rather than the photographer… at least I was there.

Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Fresh peas from the garden. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? To communicate with the dead. Where do you think the most dangerous place on Earth is? Soul arching inside a monster 20 foot tube at Teahupoo in Tahiti. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Take better photos than yesterday and sneak in a surf. Are you aware of any conspiracies? YES!… between my daughter and my wife. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Patagonia.

Simon Davidson – From the series Bonneville Salt Flats.