Q&A: Tom Hoying


What part of the planet would you like to explore? Definitely Spain. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Abandon hope! Hope keeps us wanting and never satisfies us. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Anyone trying to show off. Name a design flaw in the human body. So many to choose from! Dying is probably the worst one though. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. The image in The Americans by Robert Frank of the teenage elevator attendant. What is it that interests you about photography? Photography’s ability to decontextualize bits of reality. If your photographs could talk, what would most of them say? They’d whisper lies to us, telling each of us what we wanted to hear. What Was The Last Crime You Witnessed? I watched a little kid shoplift from a gas station last summer.

If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Franklin Delano Roosevelt. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Being directionless in life. On what occasion do you lie? When I have to save my own skin. In a movie about your life which actor would play you? A young Harrison Ford. Ultimate Camera? Digital Hasselblad (I wish!). Most Used Camera? Mamiya 6. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. The smell of my grandmothers house. Describe your generation. The most capable, and the least willing. Describe A Cheap Thrill. Trespassing to make photos. Choose a song to play over a montage of everything you did today. “Harold’s” by Freddie Gibbs.

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I had a better memory. Maybe then I wouldn’t have to take so many pictures. Name a quality about the opposite sex that you find unattractive. Being generally negative. Name an artist that is overrated. Damien Hirst. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Sleep, caffeine, food, and then framing prints for an upcoming show. Last words before death? Living was rad, gonna miss you guys.. <3

Tom Hoying – From the series “I almost drowned in the Blue River”.