Q&A: Mark Lanning Jr


Does the modern world impress you? It’s impressive and a bit menacing, I’m not sure how impressive or how menacing it is compared to previous times, but on the whole yes, it’s impressive. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be?Robespierre.
Is disappointment healthy? I think so, you have to learn from what lets you down. When are you most aware you are aging? When events that happened in my youth happened so long ago that legal adults were not yet born. That’s new to me. Also, I’ve started to age out with a mellower taste in music. Ultimate camera?A medium format digital would be nice. Most used camera? Omega View 4×5 and Canon 7D. What is the best way to educate yourself?Get out a lot, read, and stay open to re-evaluation. Which living person do you most admire? My son. He’s just about two, can’t get enough of him. Do you google too much? I google to spellcheck too much.

What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Hoodoo. What is your nationality? North American. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? French Canadian. What is it that interests you about photography? There’s sort of a split second pulse generated when I see not just a good image but the right one, and it takes a lot of looking to catch up to the initial reaction. It’s my excuse to be out in the world traveling and talking to people I’d otherwise have no reason to encounter. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I especially like the HAARP and Lizard People conspiracies. DOW at 17,000 is a good one. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy?YOLO? What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Most recently I walked into a McDonald’s off I-5 to use the restroom, right before the door I saw two people eating under a huge TV with a Fox News story up about the dangers in red meat. It’s a one liner but and I wished I had my camera. It tends to happen most often when I’m driving, though. Make a prediction for the future.USA wins a World Cup.

What essential life skills are schools neglecting to teach our children? How fast you can find yourself shut out of a future you want. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Either the smell of stuffed mushrooms or chicken cacciatore (I avoid both) reminds me of being very sick and in my parent’s room lying on their beige poly-blend down comforter in San Jose when I was 4 or 5 . You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? Trust? What is your plan for the next 24 hours?I have to take the garbage to the curb and move the car to the other side of the road to avoid a ticket. I have to edit, I have to shoot later in the day. I need to get my paycheck.

Mark Lanning Jr – From the series “North Dakota”.