Q&A: Sofie Kjørum Austlid — Possibility of Being

21.02.21

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? “Where you spend your attention is where you spend your life.” What is it that interests you about photography? That I can pretty much make photos anywhere, any time. I’m into storytelling and I think that photography is a great medium to accompany that through the visual similarities to the real world. What is the worst thing about city life? I love city life. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The Trans-Siberian Railway, from Moscow to Vladivostok. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. I’m into the field of social science and would love to be an expert in sociology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Once a day. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. I am already working for free most of the time, making my work. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Mimic by Jeff Wall. That was the first photograph that made me realize that photography had no truth to it. How often do you take other people’s advice? Quite often from a handful of people. I usually take people’s advice and pass it along to someone else. Which living person do you most admire? My grandfather. He was alive during World War 2, he ran the New York Marathon in 1980 and everything he touches turns to gold. On what occasion do you lie? I try not to lie. What was the last crime you witnessed? A black man being killed by the police on Instagram. What is the best way to educate yourself? Curiosity and action. What is the next book you want to read? My Private Property by Mary Ruefle. Ultimate camera? A Mamiya RZ67 that can fit in my pocket. Most used camera? Pentax 67. What object do you want? A Honda XR200. What object do you need? Hard drives. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950s? A place where everything you’ve ever wanted to know is right in front of you. Are impulses more important than consequences? Impulses are more important than consequences, though I consider the consequences all the time. Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be a good piano player and I always want to be a better photographer. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Work.

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