Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Avoid negative people. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our behavior towards the environment. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Nope. What is it that interests you about photography? I’m interested in images, not especially photography but I feel that photography is the easiest way to create an image and it has the ability to capture time. What is the worst thing about city life? Nothing, I could not live in the countryside. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Japan, desperately need to go there. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? I like ufo’s so if these stories would be true it would make my day. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Hmm, no one really. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Same as above. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? It’s more the opposite, taking iPhone pics in the middle of the night in a pub is not a good idea. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing so getting paid is not an issue. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I didn’t have that experience, photos are not that important, they are just fun. How often do you take other people’s advice? I constantly ask for advice and then ignore it. Describe a personal hell. Paperwork. Which living person do you most admire? Maybe too many to list but also no one important enough to get this single mention. On what occasion do you lie? I never lie 😉 What was the last crime you witnessed? Politics, crime guaranteed on a daily basis. What is the best way to educate yourself? Failure. What is the next book you want to read? I’m more into visual-oriented books and I’m constantly looking forward to the new books I ordered for our shop. Ultimate camera? Everything available will do the job.
Most used camera? iPhone. What object do you want? I want a DTG printer so I can make t-shirts, love doing that. What object do you need? Nothing, I’m not materialistic. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950s? The Future. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yes. Describe a cheap thrill. 10 pm everyone out of the office and playing Kyuss volume 11. Pick a historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. There are already too many images. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes! Which talent would you most like to have? Some sports I guess, tennis? What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Making books and some Skype or zoom in between.
Jurgen Maelfeyt is a Belgian artist and graphic designer, he lives and works in Ghent. Maelfeyt also runs the independent publishing house Art Paper Editions. His work is mainly focused on appropriation, the medium of the artist book is a central focus in his practice.