Q&A: Jiehao Su


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Try to find a balance. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Why we didn’t conserve more power and water. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Not too much. What is it that interests you about photography? The ability to transform and surpass reality. What is the worst thing about city life? I cannot see the horizon. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Too many places. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? The existence of another world. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Psychology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Almost never. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Postman.

How often do you take other people’s advice? Sometimes. Describe a personal hell. Mom passed away when I was 18. On what occasion do you lie? When there is no other way to avoid hurting people’s feelings. What was the last crime you witnessed? Animals killed on the road by vehicles. What is the best way to educate yourself? I feel that traveling is a good way to explore the world and to educate myself. What is the next book you want to read? A book about Japanese cuisine, written by the artist Kitaoji Rosanjin. Ultimate camera? It seems most of the cameras nowadays could be seen as the ultimate camera for photographers in the old days. Most used camera? Bronica GS-1 and Linhof Technika V.

What object do you want? Many things. What object do you need? Nature. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A system that helps people to distribute and consume information over a network.  Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Can be better. Describe a cheap thrill. Driving my car fast over a hill. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. China in the 1930s. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes, I think so. Which talent would you most like to have? A talent in music. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Go out running.

The project “Borderland” portrays a wandering journey in China, with the personal memories attached to the separation from native land and family. It began as a response to my mother’s death and has both geographical and psychological implications. The work is an attempt to rebuild my self-awareness through an autobiographical portrait of my homeland China.

— Jiehao Su