Q&A: Poalo Morales


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Do things that make you happy. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? There were once places without wifi. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Terrorism and the 2016 presidential race. Or, at least that’s what CNN makes me believe. What is it that interests you about photography? I like that I can use pictures to point to and suggest emotion without having to verbally declare what the feelings actually are. What is the worst thing about city life? Subway cars with broken air conditioning during rush hour in the summer. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. If social sciences count, then I’d like to be an economist. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. An unidentifiable priest that listens to people’s confessions. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I’ve been thinking a lot about installation shots I saw of “Synecdoche” by Byron Kim. It’s a series of abstract paintings of people’s skin color set up as a grid on the wall. I like it because it is both representational and abstract. How often do you take other people’s advice? I often find myself asking for advice that I try to store away for later use. Describe a personal hell. Walking for miles in wet shoes when its snowing. Which living person do you most admire? My dad.

What was the last crime you witnessed? When I was driving 40 mph in area where the speed limit is 30. What is the best way to educate yourself? By reading fiction. And by asking people questions and listening without injecting an opinion. What is the next book you want to read? The New Life by Orhan Pamuk. Ultimate camera? A digital Mamiya 7, which sadly doesn’t exist. Most used camera? The back-up camera in my car. For pictures, a Mamiya 7. What object do you want? A treadmill. What object do you need? I need to buy more film. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It’s something you will use regularly to communicate with others. It’s like a virtual encyclopedia that is more likely to be false than true with endless ads. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I suppose, but I wish it were easier for me to carry a couch down a staircase. Describe a cheap thrill. Merging onto a highway. Are impulses more important than consequences? When photographing, yes. In general I think about consequences before making decisions. Which talent would you most like to have? I’m not sure this qualifies as a talent, but I would like to be psychic. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Continue to drink coffee and watch the news because today is a snow day. And its the fifth snow day I’ve had in less than a month.

Featured – These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell. Paolo Morales is a photographer based in New York, USA. He received a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at The Potomac School.  For more of Paolo’s work visit the following – Website / Tumblr