Q&A: Kent Andreasen — Saying Things Like A Snake

20.09.18

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Sleep when you can. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How complacent we are with the planet we call home. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I’m often a firm believer that some conspiracies seem closer to the truth than conventional. But I cannot pin point an example at this moment in time. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s not a case of being interested in it. I think it’s become so addictive that I don’t really have much choice in the matter. But if I were to say, it would be its ability to give me a false sense of memory. 
What is the worst thing about city life? How people live for the weekend. The 9-5 slippery slope has got a lot of people. 
What part of the planet would you like to explore? I would like to explore every. But, because its currently freezing cold in Cape Town, South Africa where I live. It would be great to go somewhere warm and sunny with nice food and good surf. Somewhere like Sri Lanka or Fiji. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Meteorology. 
What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? This question is hard to answer because there have been quite a few but I do regret not starting photography a lot earlier in life. It would have given more so much more direction growing up. I kind of floated through the first part of my life with not much purpose. So yeah, all those lost years.
Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Something in Conservation would be great. It would keep me out of the city and I could make images along the way. 
Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. The one in my head that I hope to create everyday and that will forever elude me. Without this image I wouldn’t be driven to make more work and explore the craft.

How often do you take other people’s advice? Not as often as I would like but I try my best to listen to people who want the best for me. 
Describe a personal hell. Being stuck in an airport for eternity. Which living person do you most admire? Sir David Attenborough. Not just because of what he has done for our understanding of this planet but how is has maintained his love for his work. I hope I have as much long game as him.
On what occasion do you lie? For some strange reason, I often find myself in dangerous situations on my travels. When asked about my days from loved ones back home (especially my dear mother). I often lie or withhold information about said situations as to protect them from worry and stress. What was the last crime you witnessed? I saw an elderly businessman in Sao Paolo get pistol whipped and held up at gunpoint while an accomplice stole his cellphone and wallet. (One of the dangerous situations I mentioned above). What is the best way to educate yourself? Travelling, no doubt. 
What is the next book you want to read? I need to get more into reading I have become so lazy. There is a book called Homodeus that I would like to check out. From how it was described to me its about how we as species are in a transitional stage toward a new sub species. Sounds like a fascinating read. 
Most used camera? Mamiya 7/ RB67. What object do you want? An off-road vehicle for photographic trips. What object do you need? An off-road vehicle for photographic trips. Ha-ha. 
How would you explain the Internet to someone from the 1950’s? An anxiety inducing, information network . Layered kind of like lasagna, that if you dig deep enough you find immense beauty or an undercooked void that eats away at the hours in your day. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength?Yeah I am. Describe a cheap thrill. Wave riding is top of the list.
Are impulses more important than consequences? Impulses are far more important because regret doesn’t do anyone, any good. Which talent would you most like to have? The gift of music. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Catch up with friends. I have spent sometime away from home so it’s been awhile.

Series- ” Saying Things Like A Snake” An accidental study of loneliness on the back roads of the America west. To see more of Kent Andreasen’s work visit — Website / Instagram.