Q&A: Bryan Schutmaat


Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Crooked politicians. Make a prediction for the future. Life will go on. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Greed. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Eugene Debs. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? If it’s taking pictures we’re talking about, I’d probably take any really well-paying job from whatever corporation or organization despite their lack of ethics, and then use the money they pay me to fight against their cause somehow. Someone will get paid to do it anyway. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrophysics. Describe a cheap thrill. Bar fight. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Be positive. Love life. Work hard. What should be the next animal to be domesticated? None, keep ‘em wild. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Yes, too many.

Is there something wrong with kids today, and if so, what? Yes, their parents suck. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? God might exist. Which religion seems most tempting? Buddhism. Ultimate camera? I’m not a gear-head, so whatever gets the job done. Most used camera? Honestly, my iPhone. But for art, a 4×5 Chamonix view camera. Which living person do you most admire? My mom. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Alyosha Karamazov. You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? Too tough to say. What would you wear on formal occasions if you didn’t have a suit? A nice collared shirt, I guess. What country has the best flag? I’ve always liked Mexico’s. What is the most un-eatable food? I’ll eat almost anything, but I really dislike olives for some reason. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I recently went to New Mexico without a real camera, and it was a bummer. I know there have been a lot of missed photo ops in my life but I can’t recall any specifically.

What will replace humans? Mollusks. Your favorite painter? Van Gogh. What was the last crime you witnessed? Petty traffic violations. Are pets actually prisoners? No, not if they’re cared for properly. How would you survive in prison? Work out and read all the time. You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Spanish would be most practical for me. What is the next book you want to read? More Tobias Wolf is on my reading list. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. I’m not clever enough for this one. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you trust your closest friends? 9.9 Do you believe in world peace? I would like for it to exist. Last words before death? “I love you” to my loved ones.

Bryan Schutmaat – From the series Grays the Mountain Sends.