Q&A: Katrin Koenning


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? If it comes from the ocean, it’s probably delicious. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our obsession with plastic and game shows. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Tom Cruise is a lizard. What is it that interests you about photography? Its capacity to move. What is the worst thing about city life? Not being in nature. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The Arctic. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? ET. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrophysics. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t?  The 2002, 40 minute flying ants plague in my hometown of Bochum, Germany. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Astronaut. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I don’t believe there is only one most important photo.

How often do you take other people’s advice? Often. Describe a personal hell. A conglomerate of noise, such as three people talking, music playing in the background, tv and laughter all at once. On what occasion do you lie? In interviews. What was the last crime you witnessed? Several murders. What is the best way to educate yourself? Think. What is the next book you want to read? Jamie’s 10 Minute Meals. Ultimate camera? Would love to play with the latest digital Hasselblad. Most used camera? Mamiya 7II and Iphone. What object do you want? A very good projector. What object do you need? Nothing.

How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It’s like the entire ocean in your house. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Very! Describe a cheap thrill. Aldi chocolate. Pick a historic moment from the last 103 years to bring a camera to. Scott’s Terra Nova expedition. Are impulses more important than consequences? No way – but I do believe in listening to your gut. Which talent would you most like to have? Sailing. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Swim sleep get out of bed eat think teach write walk (but probably not in that order).

Katrin Koenning, from the series Indefinitely. Website / Blog / Instagram.