Q&A: Valerie Chiang


What part of the planet would you like to explore? Caves. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? “Don’t be such a wimp, Valerie.” Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Ann Coulter. Name a design flaw in the human body. No wings. 
Describe the most important photo you’ve seen.A photograph of my parents happy together. What is it that interests you about photography? Its ability to bend reality while still being honest. 
What was The Last Crime You Witnessed? A man watering his lawn at noon. 
If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Lucy Stone. 
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? All my heroes are real. On what occasion do you lie? Situations where I want to avoid further explanation. Ultimate Camera? I’m pretty content with what I have, though I wish my Pentax 6×7 were more reliable. Most Used Camera? Hasselblad Medium Format and my iPhone. 
Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Black Cherry Vanilla Softsoap (not a good memory).

Describe your generation. Everything in your refrigerator mixed together in a bowl that leaves a funny taste in your mouth but doesn’t make you sick. Describe A Cheap Thrill. Watching a train go by. Choose a song to play over a montage of everything you did today. “Con Alma” by Dizzie Gillespie and Sonny Rollins. Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing. Name a quality about the opposite sex that you find unattractive.
 Come up with a tattoo for one of your parents. Can’t see my mom getting a tattoo in her past, present, or future life, so maybe a dragon for my dad. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Why we were so fascinated by the Kardashians. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Find a grocery store near me that sells already ripe bananas. Maybe squeeze in a movie.

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