Q&A: Lance Cozzens


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Well I was almost hit by a car accident walking down the street after I finished up shooting Downtown Super Sunday and then two days later, involved in a serious multiple motor vechile accident with a fatality on my way to work. So with those things happening so close and surviving some other pretty messed up things throughout my life, I definitely feel like there is a reason for me being here. Just trying to figure out what it is. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How America voted for a celebrity with no political experience and the mindset of an angry child. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I like looking into them. Not to be disrespectful, but 9/11 seemed pretty sketch. Also, the greatest leaders of equality, change, and progression have all been murdered/silenced in some degree. What is it that interests you about photography? Capturing a moment in time that will not happen again. The whole process of film photography attracted me for some reason and I’m in love with it so much. What is the worst thing about city life? Violence. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The entirety of it. I really want to plan an extensive road trip of USA with possibly delving into the rest of North America and South America. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Ghosts! I’m from New Orleans, one of the most haunted places in the world, so that’s a given. I’ve seen some weird shit and there is for sure something in this humid atmosphere here. Rougarou. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Nobody, I’m just a kid from Gentilly.

Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Never did good in science, so nothing. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? The car accident. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Saving every dog possible from neglect and abuse. Ace Ventura vibes. Dogs are the best. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Just one? That’s impossible. Civil Rights Era/Vietnam war photography is mind blowing. How often do you take other people’s advice? Not so much, not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Describe a personal hell. I can’t imagine not being able to see. Which living person do you most admire? My parents. On what occasion do you lie? Sometimes we all have to. I was raised not to though, but there is always those little ones to get by. What was the last crime you witnessed? Major one, a drive-by shooting. Minor one? Drug deals while walking through the city. What is the best way to educate yourself? Never letting your guard down, always ask questions. Always see, read, and discuss. What is the next book you want to read? Working on Angela Y. Davis and Other Political Prisoners’ “If They Come in the Morning.” Next up is Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Previous was Assata Shakur’s “Assata: An Autobiography.” That’s a must read.

Ultimate camera? Not sure, probably a medium format camera. I’m looking into getting into the 4×5 world. Feel like there is still a lot to learn about photography and getting into large format would help with that. Most used camera? Can’t give up my tools! Ebay prices skyrocket anytime someone talk’s about a certain model, can’t screw myself. But medium format, it’s a Fuji. 35mm, it’s mostly an Olympus. What object do you want? A winning powerball ticket. Let’s face it, nobody wants a 9-5. What object do you need? Not an object, but a massage would be nice right now. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? I’m constantly explaining the ways of the internet to my parents. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Nah, we could always get stronger. Describe a cheap thrill. There are two spots in the city that I could sit at for hours and watch the world pass. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. Wish I had more than a disposable during Hurricane Katrina. Would have liked to have been a tour photographer during the early part of Family Values Tour. Are impulses more important than consequences? Consequences are negative, so no. If it’s not harming anything though, go right ahead. Which talent would you most like to have? Being a master photographer I guess. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’m assuming tons of phone calls, possibly some paperwork, and trying to relax after today.

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