Q&A: Justin Guthrie


Make a prediction for a world without alcohol. It would be a very boring place indeed, less babies though. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Putin, I’d like to see him get really embarrassed. Name a design flaw in the human body. Fear, of course you have to know safety, but fear holds so many people back. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Probably this photo of a black chick with a blonde wig with a neon jacket behind a huge lit up dam at night by Emma Parry, it puts this very mystical vibe on me every time I see it. What is the worst thing about city life? Egotistical people and rats. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Wherever Apocalypse Now was filmed, ancient ruins, Japan. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Pretty much the same one I’ve been following since I was a child, do whatever you want, think what you wanna think, and never believe in your mind. Have fun.

What is it that interests you about photography? Everything about it, even the things I hate about it. I’m definitely not getting any girls or money from it, just purely for the love of expression. If your photographs could talk, what would most of them say? Check this out! What Was The Last Crime You Witnessed? Probably something petty like underage drinking this weekend. What is the most complicated meal you can think of? Going out into the wild with your bare hands to try and kill some live game and then making your own fire and then skinning what you caught and then cooking it, then eating it. Simple, but complicated. Ultimate Camera? Contax G2, I think I’m getting one soon. Most Used Camera? I use my contax g1 a lot. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. The smell of when old electronic stuff goes haywire and it has this smell of batteries frying, I just remember that smell being so weird to me as a kid. Describe your generation. Overly anxious and socially awkward from all the social media, anyone that has any sense of culture is very arrogant of that fact, too many options in the world so they freak out, depressed because it’s romanticized. Not so much rock n roll. What relationship advice do you have for us? Don’t worry about it till you’re older, worry about art or finding out who you are in the meantime cause relationships just are a distraction, for the most part.

Describe a cheap thrill. Skateboarding! Going hella fast and grinding some coping is the best cheap thrill, some joe schmo driving by looking at you doing it doesn’t understand and probably think it’s weird. Choose a song to play over a montage of everything you did today. Well it’s the morning so I haven’t done much but I haven’t heard Radio Free Europe by R.E.M. in a long time and it made me feel really good so that. Is there something wrong with kids today, and if so, what? Like I said earlier, everyone is afraid of everything (not excluding myself particularly) and I think people need to stop caring so much and do what they wanna do no matter what. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Shit, the vietnam war if I just didn’t die. Which talent would you most like to have? Umm to be able to surf really well and to be more of a risk taker. Come up with a tattoo for one of your parents. A nice lil Chola portrait for my mom on her somewhere haha. Name an artist that is overrated. Umm Sandy Kim haha!!! I can’t even begin to talk about it. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? That we started out without social media, we were the first baby! What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’m going to the Indian Reservation with my grandpa to hangout with distant family, so that should be wild. Last words before death? See ya on the other side!

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