Q&A: Fred Lahache — One Day at a Time


Have you recently been living by ana life philosophy? Teach your children early what you learned late. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Hot dog stuffed crust pizza. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I consider page 2 of Google results the dark web already. What is it that interests you about photography? Introspection. What is the worst thing about city life? Quarantine. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The bottom of that bottle. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Time travel into the past (just watch the news). If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Greta Thunberg. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Parenting. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Trump’s security chief. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Slint’s Spiderland cover by Bonnie Prince Billie. How often do you take other people’s advice? For sarcastic reasons. Describe a personal hell. The sound of open-mouth chewing. Which living person do you most admire? Larry David. On what occasion do you lie? Never! What is the best way to educate yourself? Unlearn all stereotypes. Most used camera? 5D MkII. What object do you want? I already have too many. What object do you need? My stereo. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? You will hate cookies. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength?
lol. Describe a cheap thrill. Killing a mosquito. Pick a historic moment from the last two hundred years to bring a camera to. Niepce presenting his prototype camera. Are impulses more important than consequences? When holding a camera, absolutely. Which talent would you most like to have? Memory. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Catch up with my podcast library.

Time is paradoxical this Spring, a season most of us are spending inside, all over the world. Isolated, but together universally. Aside from posting a couple of funny memes to play down the horror, little free time is left for work, reading, or a little TV. Yet idle days, one leading to the other, week after week, as other countries enter the same situation with either a little delay, or slowly start leaving it. I’m not counting the days. They all feel like a single, identical, long one. An invitation to appreciate our connection to reality. Here is a diary of this endless day, where chronology no longer matters. As a new moon was rising, for everyone. Which surprisingly echoed that chorus from a Radiohead song. In The Numbers, Yorke calls for a change through a beautiful, optimistic call to arms. The clock has already been ticking for us all, but it stops for a moment to allow us one last chance to think about the environmental issues at stake, the importance of public service and healthcare, and the significance of a human connection over goods in a sustainable economy. And it feels like we got the message here pretty clearly this time round, which has made this experience both so intimate and so very global at the same time. This made everyone feel a different sense of time.

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