Q&A: Ying Ang


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” ~ Franz Kafka. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our incredible short-sightedness and propensity for self-destruction. What is it that interests you about photography? The ability to record history, its evidentiary power and also to speak in a language that transcends geography. What is the worst thing about city life? Not trusting your neighbour. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Under the sea a la The Little Mermaid. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Female intuition and dream prophesies. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Che Guevera. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Marine Biology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I don’t know. I tend to forget what I don’t photograph… Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Um… isn’t that photography?

Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. The one of my ex cheating on me that ultimately got me out of the worst relationship I’ve ever been in. How often do you take other people’s advice? Not as often as I should, probably…  Describe a personal hell. Living on the Gold Coast. Which living person do you most admire? My father. What is the best way to educate yourself? Ask questions, of others and also yourself. What is the next book you want to read? Salman Rushdie’s “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights”. Ultimate camera? Hasselblad. Most used camera? Hasselblad. What object do you want? A beach house by Louis Barragan with enforced and intermittent isolation to make presumably transcendent work. What object do you need? A standing table by Moda Piera to procrastinate in front of at the beach house.

How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Hive brain. Describe a cheap thrill. Riding around in cars with strangers in a place I’ve never been before in the summertime. Pick a historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. A tie between the 2001 Wimbledon Men’s Final when Goran Ivanisevic took out Patrick Rafter as a wild card entry (in the locker room after the award ceremony), the moon landing, Jeff Buckley on his last night alive. Which talent would you most like to have? I’d like to be able to play the cello really well. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Eat sushi, work on a book layout, watch a movie, make out with my boyfriend, sleep, run errands, present a book at an event for World Photobook Day at the CCP in Melbourne, get drunk, attempt Ciara’s dance moves in “Ride”… hopefully in private but probably not.

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