Q&A: Georges Monceaux

07.02.17

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Just the one that my late father told me about when I was a teenager. It is hard to explain in text but the major principle is “Try to have as much fun as possible without causing problems for other people” Are you aware of any conspiracies? More than I can mention with good conscience in regards to your reader’s metal well-being. I used to be in the conspiracy game pretty hard. I was all about weird shit like that. Mk-ultra, Dracons, Hallow Earth, Project blue-beam, FEMA death camps, and all kinds of other far out ideas. I still have wonder in the unknown and what’s hidden in the shadows, but I realized that a lot of that kind of stuff is made up and a dead-end. Now! with that said, I still think its important for individuals to explore the possibilities of this world and to research whom shape it’s affairs. I try to keep up with all the new paranormal memes and theories by going on 4Chan. That place is great for interesting ideas and information. I’ll give your readers one conspiracy to look up “Despair Code” What is it that interests you about photography? My main interest in Photography has always been the idea that it captures proof. Evidence of something that is never going to happen again. When I was a young boy in the 1980’s I found the whole process magical. Emulsion film and chemicals, it was like visual alchemy. I started shooting when I was eleven years old. I liked the idea that I was stealing souls and stopping time.

What is the worst thing about city life? The politics. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The Southeastern United States. I find it to be very mysterious and the scenery appeals to my personality. It has so much history. Especially Louisiana. It seems like place one could get lost, in more ways than one. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Other dimensions. Sometimes I think I have seen glimpse of them; the other dimensions I mean. I have had experiences where it was as if I could feel time and see beyond, if only for a moment. I have been looking into this whole “Hologram universe” as a possibility. Sometimes existence seems to perfect, as in, how did all this fit so well. Why am I here now in this place? Where did the first molecule come from. why is the human mind so abstract!? The very notion of “The mind” is abstract in and of itself. So yes, to answer the question definitively, I believe that most likely this world is but one of many and the others are currently beyond our comprehension. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Computer science. Computers are the wave of the future. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? When I think I saw ghost walking down the sidewalk. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. LOL! Next question. No, wait I’ll answer that one. Photo Editor at Magnum Photography Agency. How often do you take other people’s advice? Often. It really depends on the situation though, for instance…sometimes I’ll ask knowing that most likely I will take advice without question because the individual is, in my opinion an expert in the field in which I’m asking for advice on. I welcome advice from competent people. What I loathe is advice from strangers who are idiotic. I try not to ask for advice unless it’s from someone I am prepared to trust.

What is the best way to educate yourself? Physical experience, face to face conversations, books and the internet. And to always remember that it is perfectly okay to ask for directions from someone who has been to where you are trying to go. What is the next book you want to read? Finnegan’s Wake By James Joyce Ultimate camera? One that is always in focus. Most used camera? Contax T2 (35mm film camera) What object do you want? A huge house in the hills of a Silicon Valley Suburb so that I can raise a large family with my girlfriend. What object do you need? I need what I already have, so that I can get what I want. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Haha! Good question. It would be hard to describe the internet to someone from the 1950’s without sounding like a fucking Sorcerer! I guess I would explain it similar to this. “Hey, check this out, Clyde there is going to be this worldwide system of computers in the future that are connected through the phone lines and these computers are going to talk to each other at the speed of light and it will enable mankind to look at images, read books, the news and documents of all kinds and watch all sorts of movies, television shows and play games too! All in the comfort of your home and eventually in palm of your hand via an ominous black rectangle. It’s going to blow your mind, square. Try not to die soon. Or wait, better yet hop in this crazy time machine or whatever it is that is allowing me to tell you this crazy shit! Come on, Daddy-o…time’s a-wastin’!”

Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I’m content with it, but one can always strive for greater strength. I used to follow a very strict workout regiment. I would lift weights 5 days a week and ride my bicycle 300+ miles a week. I also had a very healthy diet. I have fallen back on it as of the last few years, but I still enjoy going for long walks. Describe a cheap thrill. Trespassing. I have been doing since I was kid and it rarely fails to get a little blood pumping. Usually makes for good photos too! Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The execution of Saddam Hussein. 30th of December 2006. At the joint Iraqi-American military base Camp Justice, located in Kazimain, a north-eastern suburb of Baghdad. There are not many good photos of this historic event and I think because of that people forget that it happened. I know it’s morose but it was a major turning point in world history. Another event worth capturing would be The attack on the Pentagon on September, 11, 2001. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes. Impulses are what change the world! Complacency and passive behavior rarely yields magnificent results. Most of the images I have produced were captured out of impulse. Which talent would you most like to have? It would be amazing to possess an uncanny ability to read and predict accurately the ebb and flow of the stock market and profit from it immensely. Second choice would be to be able to read people perfectly, like how an F.B.I. agent profiles a serial killer. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? My plan is to not perish.

Georges Pierre Monceaux (b.1983) of Redwood City, Ca. began experimenting with the medium of photography at the age of 12. In his teenage years, skateboarding and photographing the local skate scene played an important role in the development and refinement of his craft. Georges has recently released a new self published photobook titled 36 Chances Part 2 – A photographic essay photographed between October 14th-23rd 2016 throughout California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. This is Volume 2 in an ongoing body of work entitled ’36 Chances.’ For more of Georges work visit his website here, and you can purchase his new book here.