Q&A: Nich McElroy


What is it that interests you about photography? How it can evade our intelligence. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Be comfortable with ambiguity. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our wastefulness and distractibility; the SkyMall catalogue. Are you aware of any conspiracies? We’re all Richard Nixon. What is the worst thing about city life? Dreaming about somewhere else. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Caves, hot-springs, volcanoes. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Animal telepathy. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? The Emperor of Ice-Cream. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Optics. How often do you take other people’s advice?Whenever it’s sound. Describe a personal hell. No dogs.

Which living person do you most admire? George Saunders. On what occasion do you lie? Is this a trick question? What was the last crime you witnessed? Eric Garner’s murder. What is the best way to educate yourself? Trust your curiosity and make some mistakes. What is the next book you want to read? Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau. Ultimate camera? Some sort of light handheld 4×5 that accepts a digital back. Most used camera? Mamiya 6×7. What object do you want? A space with good natural light. What object do you need? Socks. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It’s mostly cats, piracy, porn, trivia, and people you don’t really need to keep in touch with. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Sure.

Describe a cheap thrill. Walking in dark woods with no flashlight. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. I’d love to photograph one of the lunar landings. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes – if they’re impulses of the heart, not the glands.  Which talent would you most like to have? A knack for languages. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Read, write, eat, sleep.

Nich Hance McElroy – b. 1985 in Minneapolis, MN. Raised in Seattle, WA. Currently in Vancouver, BC – Website / Tumblr / Instagram.