Q&A: Kevin Faingnaert

24.04.16

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Have fun. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? The countless broken vows of governments world wide. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Apparently Belgium doesn’t exist. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s a great way to share moments. What is the worst thing about city life? Air pollution. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Northern Finland. I booked my flight yesterday. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? I think Furbies are demon possessed. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Honestly, no one. I don’t have any leadership qualities. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Sociology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Some years ago I went backpacking in India, deliberately without a camera. I have regretted it ever since. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Caretaker of a tropical island. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Diane Arbus’s photo of a Jewish giant at home with his parents in NY. It has been motivating me for years to go where I’ve never been and to get into people’s houses. How often do you take other people’s advice? Too much. Describe a personal hell. Leaving my country because of war and my right to seek refuge in a safer country being negotiated against money and visas.

Which living person do you most admire? Any person trying to uplift mankind. On what occasion do you lie? When the truth would make a friend feel too bad. What was the last crime you witnessed? My mom stealing sugar in an overpriced tea bar. What is the best way to educate yourself? To go outside and practice. What is the next book you want to read? Musasji by Joshikawa. It is a Japanese samurai novel. Ultimate camera? Mamiya RZ67 Pro II. Most used camera? iPhone. What object do you want? My chocolate that my roommate ate last night. What object do you need? Fujifilm FP-100C. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? I’d show them a cat. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I guess, though I wish I could carry a couple of 5000W fresnel lights on my back. Describe a cheap thrill. Riding my bike without hands. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Prince’s Purple Rain album release party. Are impulses more important than consequences? Personally, yes. It’s important to trust my gut. Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to burp on command. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Eating a sandwich with home made hummus, photographing a friend, playing frisbee with the neighbours (if it doesn’t rain), watching Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and going to bed early.

Føroyar is a series about life in remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic. Kevin Faingnaert is a documentary and portrait photographer from Gent, Belgium. See more of Kevin’s work – Website / Tumblr / Instagram