Q&A: Vincent Tullo

24.04.16

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Stop and smell the roses. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? That people actually still sometimes spoke face to face. Crazy, huh? Are you aware of any conspiracies?  Im starting to think more things are conspiracies than id like. What is it that interests you about photography? The possibility to make it physical. Taking a brief moment of time and turning it into an object that abstracts it from reality but still tells a story. What is the worst thing about city life? The lack of nature. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Anywhere but where I am now. The grass is always greener on the other side. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Mind reading. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be?  None, forever a bystander. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Neuroscience. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? The first day of the Westminster dog show. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side.  If I had extra time/money, wouldn’t mind printing in the darkroom for people. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Any image that tells a story that would otherwise go unseen. How often do you take other people’s advice? Always seems like good advice for a day or two, and then you realize to just do whatever feels right. Describe a personal hell. To grow up, become serious, and stop dreaming. That is the death of a person. Which living person do you most admire? Admire is such a strange word. On what occasion do you lie?

To protect the people I care about. What was the last crime you witnessed? Critiques at school. No person is in the position to dictate what is good or bad. What is the best way to educate yourself? Grow old and question everything. What is the next book you want to read? Just started reading “Descartes Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human” Ultimate camera? Less buttons, autofocus, and knew how I wanted to meter. Less technical thinking the better. Most used camera?  Currently I have been all over the place, but for the most part its been a Nikon f100. What object do you want?  Box full of plane tickets. What object do you need?  We don’t really need objects. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s?  Its an invisible monster that has taken over the world. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength?  Not strong at all and never really cared to be. Describe a cheap thrill.  Floating in the ocean on a wavy day. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to.  The Apollo 11 mission from start to finish. Are impulses more important than consequences?  Yes and no. Overthinking impulses can stop growth and lead to regret, but a life without consequences is dangerous. Which talent would you most like to have? To be able speak a few drastically different languages. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Looking at photo books, sequencing new work, going to class, and drowning in emails.

“The Finals, is a body of work that captures the strange and surreal environment of the Westminster Kennel Club’s closing event at Madison Square Garden. Being my first time at the event, I aimed to show the pure chaos, over dramatic tension, and serious attitude that occurs at occasion centered around something as playful as puppies.” — Vincent Tullo.

‘The Finals’ is soon to be released as a book through independent publishing house A Love Token. Watch that space.

Vincent Tullo is a fine art/documentary photographer based out of New York. His books have been featured at the Aperture Holiday Book Bazaar and LA Art Book Fair. His work has also been published in Hamburger Eyes, Thrasher, Juxtapoz, ICON, and more. Vincent received his BFA in photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

See more of Vincent’s work – Website / Instagram