Q&A: Nathanael Turner


What is the best way to educate yourself? Learn from a master, or just someone who knows more than you. I was taught a lot of silly stuff in school, some of which has come in handy, but most of which I could have learned for a lot less money. Get off tumblr and twitter and go play. Which living person do you most admire? My mother, Patricia. On what occasion do you lie? lying wont get you anywhere. Do you google too much? I’m always using google maps. I like to see where things are. Do you believe in world peace? As long as there are assholes, no. Does the modern world impress you? Not as much as the natural one does. In the event of a disaster, where would you go? I would grab my tent, find a good water source, and set up camp. Is disappointment healthy? Stop feeling sorry for yourself and figure out how and what you fuck up and don’t do it again. Failure is another good way to educate yourself. When are you most aware you are ageing? When hair starts falling out and not returning.

Ultimate camera? The ultimate camera will be a digital one that has the dynamic range of film! Nikon, Canon, Stop making so many megapixels and get on that digital latitude. Most used camera? Mamiya 7. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Sure. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? We are “surrounded” by the supernatural, spiritual, or whatever you want to call it. What is it that interests you about photography? I’ve been taking photos since I was 11 years old. It has taught me to look and experience the space around me in a more heightened way. I had a professor who once said something like, “the only people who are truly aware are the police, criminals and sometimes photographers.” This is a pretty reductive statement, but it has its truth. So many of us walk around with our heads down, afraid to confront the people we share our space with. Photography has taught me to experience life more fully and to interact with my environment in a way that satisfies my curiosities and honestly, teaches me about a human experience other than my own. For me, photography is an experiential process. It forces me to look closer, investigate further and connect strongly with people and place.

Are you aware of any conspiracies? Well, unfortunately, America’s dictatorship of the wealthy isn’t a conspiracy. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Shoot film, slow down, and make work with precisely spontaneous intentionality. Make a prediction for the future. I will still be living in Los Angeles in 2019. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Marijuana. Last words before death? Lets get faded.

Nathanael Turner – From the series ‘From Home‘.