Sunday, 20 January 2013

An Interview With Joe, Photographer Extraordinaire

I’ve watched enough interviews over the years to know there are always “Enquiring Minds” out there so I thought I’d  work on my interviewing skills. You never know when you'll need another source of income.   

My first subject is Joe Donohue, Photographer, famous for his photos of France and other things. 

 

Reporter:  How did you get into photography?
  • JD: My brother bought me a camera for my 15th birthday, I've been clicking ever since. It's his fault.
Reporter:  Are you currently working on a series?
  • JD: I'm doing some abstracts in Griffintown  which tend to be very colorful and/or dark plus a series of snow on our skylight, a constantly changing scene that's very calming.
Reporter:  What's your favorite fruit?
  • JD: Oranges.
Reporter:  What city inspires you the most?
  • JD: Paris and Montréal, it's a tie.
Reporter:  Do you prefer digital photography over film?
  • JD: Yes, 30 years of dealing with photo chemistry is enough.
Reporter:  What bus route do you find most convenient?
  • JD:  In Montréal, the 166 In Paris the 69 or the 87.  (GOOD CHOICES)
Reporter:  Where would you prefer your work to be exhibited?  The Metropolitan or the Pompidou?  
  • JD: You reporters ask the toughest questions! Hmmmmmmm.......... I'll go with MOMA.  (PLEASE NOTE:  THE ANSWERS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE OPINIONS OF LL&P)!
Reporter:  Do you have a preferred period in art?
  • JD:  Post-Impressionism, abstract expressionism and today. Check out this incredible guy - www.joedonoxxxx
(ADDRESS REMOVED. WE HERE @ LL&P DO NOT CONDONE BLATANT COMMERCIALISM)!

Reporter:  Do you feel snubbed that you weren’t invited to the Academy Awards this year?  Or maybe there was some other place you weren't invited that you'd like to share?
  • JD: Yes, apparently thinking of a good screenplay isn't enough, you're expected to write the damn thing and have someone make a movie out of it! 
Reporter:  Do you have plans for another artists' book? 
  • JD:  Yes, on surfaces. On the surface it'll be all about surfaces but then I'll be delving beneath the surfaces and....  blah blah blah the usual artist statement claptrap.
Reporter:  Do you have room in your camera bag for, say, a chocolate bar?
  • JD:  Always. Caramilk bars fit neatly into one of those pocket thingies they put in there for filters, lenses etc.
Reporter: Is there anything that makes you really really sad?  
(THIS IS THE BARBARA WALTERS TECHNIQUE OF INTERVIEWING EXCEPT SHE'S ON TV SO YOU GET TO SEE SOMEONE CRYING.  OPRAH FOR INSTANCE).

 
  • JD: Yes, it's......it's ...............................(sniff)................E.T.
(I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO SAY THAT.  WHAT'S SADDER THAN E.T.)?

Reporter:  Thank you for being our guest here today.  If you think of anything else you want to say, I'll be in the living room.
 
Well, I think that went pretty good.  It's really really hard to think up good questions but I think we got down to the nitty-gritty.


By the way, regarding the blatant commercialism thing, I lied.  

Joe Donohue Photography (check it out)!   

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