Q&A: Bjorn Houtman


Which words or phrases do you most overuse? A string of Japanese adjectives. Do you believe in world peace? Take away the money and the religion then maybe yes but still probably no. Does the modern world impress you? Yes! In the event of a disaster, where would you go? Under my table then to higher ground. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I really have no idea. Is disappointment healthy? Yes. Is it healthy to meet your heroes? Yes, I’d like to think so. When are you most aware you are aging? When people younger than me are surprised I still have a hotmail account. Ultimate camera? A Mamiya 7ii looks good. Most used camera? Contax T2.

What is the best way to educate yourself? David Attenborough. Which living person do you most admire? Bob Dylan. On what occasion do you lie? When I call in sick for work. Do you google too much? No, love google. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Kinda, but I could stand to loose a kg or two. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Donnie Darko. What is your nationality? New Zealand. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? Italian for the long lunches. Are you aware of any conspiracies? No. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? On and off. I go through phases.

What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Last week I saw a mother double parked waiting on take out sushi while her two kids were hanging out the car sunroof looking at trains. Make a prediction for the future. I’ll loose a kg or two. What essential life skills are schools neglecting to teach our children? Credit control. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Rain on hot concrete.

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