Q&A: June Sanders — Daughter of Something


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Never flourish, never die.What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Meme culture. Vegetables. How little we care about the things that keep us alive. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Gender is a conspiracy. What is it that interests you about photography? How often it can make me cry. What is the worst thing about city life? I wouldn’t know. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I have this delusion that there’s something hiding in the Midwest that will heal me. I would also like to go to Reykjavik. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? That someone’s energy never dies. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Marsha P Johnson. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Botany? What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I’ve come to accept this: If I didn’t have my camera then it wasn’t meant to be. I try not to mourn lost captures. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Farming. Hand Model. Writing poetry for bus stops. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Recently it’s been photos from the series In Bloom by Elle Perez. I needed those. How often do you take other people’s advice? Seldom.

Describe a personal hell. I’d rather not. Which living person do you most admire? There’s a couple. Its private. They know who they are. On what occasion do you lie? When strange men ask me my name. What was the last crime you witnessed? A lady walked into a clothing store I was in. She put on as many clothes — as many layers — as she could. 3 pairs of pants. 4 pairs of socks. Coat over jacket over flannel over hoodie…till she lost form and turned oval. And she walked out. Confidently. And no one made even a slight attempt to stop her. I think about her sometimes. What is the best way to educate yourself? By listening. By unlearning. By stepping outside yourself. What is the next book you want to read? Little Fish by Casey Plett. Ultimate camera? Pentax 645Z. Most used camera? Mamiya 7, Graflex Crown Royal. What object do you want? A 1980s Yamaha motorcycle. Tiny; Cute; Baby blue. With a picnic seat. What object do you need? I need someone to hold me. And a decent pair of boots. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? I can’t even explain it to myself. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I’m frail but I can run fast. Describe a cheap thrill. Feeding seed to the crows till they follow me home. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. New York City in the summer of 1969. Are impulses more important than consequences? My head says no but my heart says yes. Which talent would you most like to have? Pianist. Counselor. Cutting fruit into strange and ornate structures.
What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Eat some yogurt — teach a workshop — dance with some forgotten emails — find a big sky to take me home.

Daughter of Something is about ideas of trans-futurism, reimagining’s of family, home, self, and the relationship between ourselves and the natural & cultural landscapes surrounding us. Or, more truthfully, it’s about gender; dirt; expansions; home.

Bio: June T Sanders is a photographer from the shrub steppes of Eastern Washington State. She lives there still. She is an MFA candidate in Photography at Washington State University.

To see more June Sanders work visit — Website / Instagram.