Q&A: Joselito Verschaeve — If I Call Stones Blue, It Is Because Blue Is The Precise Word, 2020-21


  1. Q. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy?
  2. A. Generally, I’m very optimistic so I mostly have been living the “We’ll see what happens” kind of philosophy. Also being appreciative of all moments, good and bad.
  3. Q. What is it that interests you about photography?
    A. Being able to take commonplace objects, scenes, or places and rephrase them to fit other contexts that can reside in fiction, Short Stories, etc. Especially when using a medium that in itself objectively captures the real world.
  4. Q. What part of the planet would you like to explore?
    In a later stage of life, Egypt.
  5. A. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen.
    The equivalent of this for me is seeing Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandell for the first time.
  6. Q. How often do you take other people’s advice?
    A. The last few years I was studying and finishing my Master’s Degree, so it has been a period of advice-overload.
    I think it’s a matter of filtering out the things that fit you most and even then you have to apply it in your own way.
  7. Q. Which living person do you most admire?
    A. This is an ever-changing thing for which I’m glad I can’t pinpoint it.
  8. Q. What is the best way to educate yourself?
    A. Personally, being observative. Making use of everything we have at hand from the Internet to libraries and musea.
  9. Q. What is the next book you want to read?
    A. I wish I knew. I just finished Yoko Ogawa’s ‘Revenge’, which was great. So I’ll probably just scavenge the Short Stories section again and hope for the best.
  10. Q. Ultimate camera?
    A. I’ve been aching for Fuji’s digital medium format.
  11. Q. Most used camera?
    A. Fuji X-Pro 2
  12. Q. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950s?
    A. Anything and everything all of the time.
  13. Q. Describe a cheap thrill.
    A. Discovering new artists, writers, books.
  14. Q. Are impulses more important than consequences?
    A. Personally I’ve already thought of most of the consequences before performing an action, which doesn’t mean it’s more important. Sometimes I wish I was more impulse-based, but maybe that comes with age(?).
    Photography-wise it’s a whole other story, it has a life on its own.
  15. Q. Which talent would you most like to have?
    A. Being talented at writing. How Raymond Carver writes about writing is how I want to photograph.
    “It’s possible, in a poem or a short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring—with immense, even startling power. It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader’s spine — the source of artistic delight […]” — Raymond Carver
  16. Q. What is your plan for the next 24 hours?
    A. I have this student job at an Artframer, so I’ll be working there most of the day. After that I’ll bike to the bookshop and pick up this photobook of Annelies de Mey: Black Mountain Conversations, which is an object and experience on its own, it belongs to my favorite photobooks.



Joselito Verschaeve (1996) is a student of photography at KASK, Ghent (BE).

For more information visit — joselitoverschaeve.com / @joselitoverschaeve