Q&A: Ryan Cookson


What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Go for a long walk with my camera, hang with my girlfriend, dispute a ticket infringement notice. What is your nationality? British and Australian. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? I feel blessed enough already. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Obedience. What is your biggest regret? Having regrets. Summer or winter? Summer. Would you like to see more or less political correctness? Less What part of the planet would you like to explore? Right now, West Africa. Where do you think the most dangerous place on Earth is? The backseat of any motorbike taxi in Thailand. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Delayed adulthood.

You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Krio. What was the last crime you witnessed? Shoplifting. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? I see enough of that on a regular basis. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Biggie Smalls shooting…to know who really shot him. Make a prediction for the future. That would be telling. Your favorite painter? Lucian Freud at the moment. Invent a swear-word. Untcay Ootray. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. Adlayism. What is the next book you want to read? I just picked up ‘Beijing welcomes you’ by Tom Scocca.

What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Losing freedom. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? Anybody I don’t trust. Describe a cheap thrill. Compliment a stranger. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Physical Cosmology. Which religion seems most tempting? Atheism 2.0. Ultimate camera? My G2 has been good to me. Most used camera? Contax G2. Which living person do you most admire? It’s hard to narrow down to one but…David Attenborough. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? John Luther.

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