Q&A: Whitten Sabbatini


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Nothin’ new – just livin’. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Graphic t-shirts with cats traveling through space with headphones on and maybe Amazon Prime free two-day delivery. Are you aware of any conspiracies? None worth thinking too long about. What is it that interests you about photography? Oh, there’s a lot to it isn’t there? I love how simple it can be to make a picture and how challenging it is to make a really good picture and how much it can look like real life and for all those feelings that a picture can disrupt – I’m terribly romantic towards all this bullshit. What is the worst thing about city life? The level of difficulty and amount of time it takes to get anywhere! What part of the planet would you like to explore? Mississippi. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Manifestation. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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? This happens all too often. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Read and drink beer. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Birney Imes’ pictures from Partial to Home. How often do you take other people’s advice? I’m not presented with advice too often. Describe a personal hell. Writing an Artist Statement. Which living person do you most admire? The ones who are content. On what occasion do you lie? Nah. What was the last crime you witnessed? I was hoping to steal a donut from the 7-11 a few nights ago. What is the best way to educate yourself? Being silent, listening, and watching – not to be confused with Wikipedia. What is the next book you want to read? The Mind of the South by W.J. Cash. Ultimate camera? Instant film.

What object do you want? I really want to have a restaurant one day called Whitten’s World Famous Restaurant where all the items on the menu are world famous – starting w/ Whitten’s World Famous Grilled Cheese. We’ll have a free world famous pool table, monthly world famous Connect 4 tournaments, and play all the sad Bright Eyes’ songs. What object do you need? Coffee in the mornin’ and beer in the evenin’. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Internet. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yes – but I spill, knock over, and break things far too much. Describe a cheap thrill. Drinkin’ coffee without a lid on my morning train ride. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The first time my father saw my mother walk into the McDonald’s he was managing. Are impulses more important than consequences? It probably depends on how hungry I am. Which talent would you most like to have? Patience. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? To take a walk, cook some dinner, watch a couple episodes of Seinfeld, drink a few cheap beers.

Whitten Sabbatini – There’s Worse Things Than Being Alone.