Q&A: Joshua Valageorgiou

17.10.17

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? “Debussy himself used to play with the piano’s lid down”. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Having to fight to be treated like an actual human being. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I am always aware, always alert, and always afraid. What is it that interests you about photography? The bond and understanding between subject and photographer and how that bond alone can translate differently to any viewer / reader. What is the worst thing about city life? Everyone is a slow walker. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Probably South America. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Definitely ghosts. I had sleep paralysis for 5 years and the things I remember were truly frightening. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Epaminondas. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Geology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? My mother dressing up for a cousin’s birthday in this demonic home-made Minnie Mouse costume. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Blacksmithing, but I feel like my years of being addicted to World of Warcraft have warped my understanding of how difficult that job is. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. The photo is of my pappou in between trees holding a camera photographing the photographer in the distance. The family legend is that he always took photos but lost all his cameras. But theres only one photo that proves he had one.

How often do you take other people’s advice? Sometimes, not always. Describe a personal hell. A Sydney club. Which living person do you most admire? My younger sister, Mikaela. On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to hurt someones feelings. What was the last crime you witnessed? A house was set ablaze intentionally the other night on my street! What is the best way to educate yourself? To start a dialogue. What is the next book you want to read? The Crying of Lot 49. Most used camera? My phone’s inbuilt camera. What object do you want? A Cello. What object do you need? I need new shoes. There’s only so much re-glueing of the sole I can do. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? I would sing “Pure Imagination” – but Fiona Apple’s version of that song which is severely macabre. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Not in the slightest. Are impulses more important than consequences? Depends on the impulse. Cause there’s impulses like buying cheap flights and then there’s like impulses of murder. Which talent would you most like to have? Gymnastics or to sing. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Have forty stress-cigarettes.

Joshua Valageorgiou is a filmmaker and photographer of Chilean and Greek descent based in Sydney, Australia and Athens, Greece. Joshua’s work primarily revolves around the concepts of the comfortable and uncomfortable in relation to body contortion and physical manipulation. The subjects of his work are predominately that of family and friends. See more of Joshua’s work — Website / Instagram.

“Cluster” is an ongoing black and white analogue photography series that circulates the manipulated amalgamation and default unison of subjects. The series showcases the benign and uncomfortable yet strengthening togetherness in a personal tribute to the photographer’s Latino roots and understandings. If you’re in Sydney this month you can catch an exhibition of the work at Sydney’s Goodspace Gallery, 25th of October. Visit – goodspace.co fro more information.