Q&A: Landon Speers — Maritimes

06.09.18

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Trying to not forget that making things & art is great, but it’s equally important to be remembered for how you treated others too. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? I sincerely hope it’s that the bully in the White House was elected. What is it that interests you about photography? The chance it gives me to satiate curiosities in other people & places. What is the worst thing about city life? That it can make you a bit harder than you need to be. The congestion, heat, smells, sounds etc. all can nudge you to be a bit more closed & hard than we might really need to be. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I’m really attracted to limited colour palettes so find deserts to be particularly interesting. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? If aliens fall under that umbrella certainly that. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Without being expertly well versed, Jose Mujica of Uruguay seems like a solid choice on account of a lifestyle I can appreciate. Pick a field of science to be an expert within.
Something to do with animals. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I try not to glom onto moments like this & just enjoy them as a human being instead of a photographer. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Jetski instructor.

How often do you take other people’s advice? Maybe not often enough? Describe a personal hell. Being trapped on a cruise ship with entitled families & children. What was the last crime you witnessed? Men assaulting women in a club. What is the best way to educate yourself? Reading or listening to experiences of others that aren’t your own & reflecting on your actions, perceptions & empathy with that new context in mind. What is the next book you want to read? This book I borrowed from a friend written by an early 1900’s botanist / ecologist I forget the name of. Ultimate camera? A TLR that also scans the film for you 😉 Most used camera?My Minolta Autocord has been with my since college & keeps on chugging. What object do you want? An Imacon scanner. What object do you need? Some better insoles. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A massively accessible encyclopedia of all things useful & useless. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? For now yes. Describe a cheap thrill. Cliff jumping into water. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Any volcanic eruption. Are impulses more important than consequences? Loaded question but think context overrides any one definitive answer here. Which talent would you most like to have? Playing & composing for strings & piano. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Catch up with life & work back in NYC after being away for work most of the past five weeks.

Landon Speers grew up in the prairies of western Canada, but is currently based in Brooklyn. When not taking photos he likes to be near water, drink seltzer and release music. To see more of his work visit — Website / Instagram / Bandcamp.