Q&A: Timothy O’Connell


What is the best way to educate yourself? Youtube. Which living person do you most admire? Billy Childish. On what occasion do you lie?  When I am doing my taxes. Do you google too much?  I don’t think I google enough. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Of course” and “YOLO” Do you believe in world peace? No, I don’t. Does the modern world impress you? No, I’m jaded. In the event of a disaster, where would you go? My parent’s house. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Caligula for obvious reasons. Is disappointment healthy? Yes, it is healthier than satisfaction. Is it healthy to meet your heroes? I met a hero of mine once and now I wish I hadn’t. When are you most aware you are ageing? When I share my morning commute with hundreds of high school students.

Ultimate camera? Leica M6 or M9, I’m not sure. Most used camera? Fuji X Pro followed by the Contax G1. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No, I’ve made several attempts to go to the gym this year. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Aliens. What is your nationality? I am from the U.S.A. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? I’d like to be either Japanese or Norwegian for no particular reason. What is it that interests you about photography? I ’m most interested in the activity of taking photographs. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I heard that both 2Pac and Osama Bin Laden are still alive. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? None that I am aware of.

What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? The moment when my brother and I found a dead body washed up on a beach. Make a prediction for the future. Obama will be reelected for another two terms and will die amidst WWIII. What essential life skills are schools neglecting to teach our children? I’m not sure. I went to a catholic school where they neglected to teach almost every life skill. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. I’m allergic to peanut butter so it’s smell brings back some gnarly memories, some of which are abstract.  You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? I would choose jealousy. I can make do with most other emotions. Last words before death? “How long will they mourn me?”

Timothy O’Connell – From the series Ireland (ongoing).