Q&A: Kristine Potter


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? That happens more often than I’d like to admit. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Sommelier. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I cannot pinpoint just one… but I remember my introduction to the work of August Sander, Judith Joy Ross, Mark Steinmetz and Philip Lorca diCorcia being very, very important. How often do you take other people’s advice? I think I am more often the one giving advice… Describe a personal hell. Rolling up sleeping bags to get them back in the pouch from which they came. Which living person do you most admire? There are many people I admire, but Prince has been doing a pretty solid job of impressing me for most of my life. On what occasion do you lie? Don’t depend on me to lie about anything consequential. My face will give it away. But do you look good in that shirt? Yes… you look amazing. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Eat real food. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our priorities. And probably capitalism, which seems to have a really awful endgame.

Are you aware of any conspiracies? I’m not at liberty to say. What is it that interests you about photography? I’m interested in looking at this world we live in. The best photography does that in a profound way. What is the worst thing about city life? Box Trucks. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I’d like to visit Vietnam mostly to eat. And then I’d like to explore the bottom of the ocean. Maybe we could take some Bánh mì to go… What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Ghosts. I’m sure about that one. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Gandhi seemed to have it right. What was the last crime you witnessed? Crime 1: A video of the NYPD choking out a man for selling loose cigarettes. Crime 2: The grand jury let the cop get away with murder. What is the best way to educate yourself? By making mistakes. What is the next book you want to read? I have too many on my shelf that are half read… Ultimate camera? A digital 4×5 with a full size digital “ground glass” and full movements. Oh… and it would be affordable.

Most used camera? My Wista 4×5 and increasingly, my Nikon D800. What object do you want? That aforementioned ultimate camera. What object do you need? A faster computer. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? The internet is an instantly accessible repository holding humanity’s collective knowledge, ignorance, pornography and short movies of cats. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I’m strong enough for most things but always think I should be stronger. Describe a cheap thrill. Have you ever had a pickleback? Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. I’m not very interested (photographically) in big historic moments. I’m more interested in everything in between. Are impulses more important than consequences? The space in between… Risk… is the most interesting part of the equation. Which talent would you most like to have? I’d love to be a musician. I’d play the guitar, fiddle, or maybe the cello, depending on my mood. I’ve always thought skilled musicians have a direct line to emotional communication. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’m working on a book right now, so that will occupy my studio time. Otherwise, I’ve just adopted a dog and she’s really into fetching the ball… so there will be some puppy play.

Kristine Potter – Born: Dallas, TX 1977, Lives and Works: Brooklyn, NY.