Q&A: Clay Maxwell Jordan — Nothing’s Coming Soon


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? “Be Here Now” is sagacious and aligns with my bent towards Buddhism, but was forever stained after Oasis chose this title for their third album. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Reality T.V., Telebtubbies, The Electoral College, Hunter S. Thompson’s daily routine. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Surely there is some type of foul play or payola scheme that accounts for the wild success of Justin Bieber? What is it that interests you about photography? What’s not to love about a medium that brazenly defies both time and death? What is the worst thing about city life? Sound pollution. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Japan What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? That Donald Trump is the Antichrist. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Sabbatai Zevi. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Primatology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? My entire childhood. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Hospice care. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I am more influenced by certain photographer’s oeuvre; I do not rank individual photos hierarchically. How often do you take other people’s advice? Quite often – especially if the person dispensing it is my father or my therapist. Describe a personal hell. Internet dating. Which living person do you most admire? Werner Herzog. On what occasion do you lie? To spare one’s feelings. What was the last crime you witnessed? In America, I see crimes against beauty, good taste, and common sense committed on a daily basis; sleep prevents these transgressions from being an hourly occurrence. What is the best way to educate yourself? Read: prolifically and widely – especially literature and tomes that fall outside one’s area of expertise or experience. What is the next book you want to read? Fiction: Antkind, The new novel by Charlie Kaufman. Nonfiction: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Ultimate camera? Does not exist. Most used camera? Mamiya 7. What object do you want? A 1969 forest green Mercedes 220. What object do you need? A Genie Lamp. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Impossible with my limited vocabulary. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Undoubtedly, until I watch television, read a magazine, or encounter a billboard. Describe a cheap thrill. Wine. Pills. Wine & pills. Pick a historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. New York, New York 10.29.29 (Black Tuesday). Dallas, Texas 11.22.1963. (Kennedy assassination). Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee 8.16.1977 (Day Elvis died). Are impulses more important than consequences? “What makes most people feel happy leads us headlong into harm.” Perhaps an important form of wisdom is the ability to discern risks that lead to productive consequences versus those that portend our downfall. Which talent would you most like to have? To croon like Sinatra. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? In the age of Covid, this is easy: the same as the previous 24 hours.

“Nothing’s Coming Soon” is the first photography monograph by artist Clay Maxwell Jordan. The images were primarily made in the American South and were inspired by the Buddhist belief that “life is suffering”. The themes of death, mortality, and decay are counterbalanced with images of grace and unmitigated beauty. What emerges is a poetic, existential meditation on the human condition.

To see more of Clay Maxwell Jordan’s work visit — Website / Instagram.