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The first instalment of Interview52 is now complete! It started on Friday 18th July 2008 and finished on 13th September 2009. A little later than expected, but we got there.


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52 mobloggers from around the world...

Some familiar, some not...

Each will publish a unique self-portrait, accompanied by a short interview.


Candid portrait meets candid interview.


The Rules

Every Friday the next interviewee in line will publish a new portrait and interview, consisting of their answers to the ten questions they have been given.

After they have published, the interviewee will then become the interviewer. They will be responsible for finding the next participant, as well as compiling the questions that this next person in line will answer. Interviewers can change as many or as few questions as they like, but they should change at least one before passing them on to the next lucky punter.

Thats it! Simple. More detailed instructions will be given to each interviewee as and when they are approached, so fear not.


The interviewees so far

shitake

spongevid

Salome

FilbertFox

Essitam

harimanjaro

parabolichobo

Viv

Jig along

Caine

factotum

Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

arkangel

JokerXL

CHESO

taniwha

PrincessJun

billion

itchymoblog

Jane Doe

kyoob

MaggieD

Spiderbaby / Freakdog

TiliaAmericana

Dhamaka

XelenarendezvousX

George w/Blue Eyes

Rachel

Sprocket

Tori

silar31

Mandy

Puddlepuff

Judo-Jule

OJ

beth

Alfie

Rich

Joe

Steve

Uber-Spy

swamprose

RareAquaticBadger

Euphro

bfish

mara

AmericanFriend

CRAFT

Strange Little Girl

Spike

Toddy

Damage

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Life in the Rural Lane

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

Almont, North Dakota. I was born in Southern California and lived there most of my life. The day the last surviving orange tree from one of the original groves was cut down for no good reason, I made the decision to leave. I loathe homogenization, and it happened in SoCal to the extreme. Rick had a job opportunity which could lead two ways - either Gillette, Wyoming or Hazen, North Dakota. Easy choice, I've always loved the Dakotas from visiting when I was young. Adding to the decision was the fact Rick had worked in Gillette, and did not like the place at all. Rick's job 'opportunity' didn't work out after the move, so we went from Hazen to Bismarck. In the end, Bismarck simply had more rules than we cared for, so I went online to Bismanonline.com, looked for rural properties, and we found Almont. Instant love, that. No conformity, no rules. A town full of eccentrics, all of whom like their privacy. Definitely home. Almont also nurtures my deep love of nature.

Why do you moblog?

To see, learn and share. I am astonished every day by the photos people take and the stories they tell. It's life, an abundance of it. Moblog and mobloggers at large have fueled my love of photography, something I never thought I'd be interested in or be good at.

What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

I don't know how to answer this, I wasn't worried about anything I might be asked.

What would your biography be called, who would write it, and who would play you in the film?

Nature Calls, I have no idea who'd write it, but as this is all fantasy*, I'd have Howard Hawks direct and I'd be played by Carol Burnett, because I've been told all my life I look like her. *I'd never do or allow such a thing in real life, I like my privacy.

Who has been an inspiration to you? Why?

Not a who. Things seen, natural and manmade. I've observed things all my life, and find wonder in the smallest of things, and my curiousity is easily sparked. Out of all things, nature inspires me the most. I end up fascinated by most anything, a pebble, leaves, bugs, whatever I see. Many of the people on moblog share certain fascinations, and luckily for me, share their knowledge. Viv, Euphro and Silar31 in particular happily provide wanted information on lichens, shrooms and bugs to name a few things. Photography has ended up being both a tool for exploration and inspiration. I chose a bee for my photo. I'm a bit known for my bee shots. I have been scared half to death of bees all my life, I'm deathly allergic to them. Once I had a camera, the desire to shoot them overcame that lifelong fear. I look at things differently now, it's as though I've been granted an extra set of eyes.

What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman. It's a reminder, dominant though we might be, we are animals, and we should treat our planet and fellow animals better than we do. It's also a sound and good reminder we should not take ourselves so damn seriously, after all, we'll be extinct one of these days.

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

My obsession was being still. Being invisible. It wasn't exactly a bad idea during my childhood to be still and quiet, but it suited me. I would climb trees, (a massive Weeping Willow was my favourite haunt) and stay for hours watching and listening everything going on at street level. I also loved paying attention to leaves, bark and the varieties of tree life as well. Never lost the obssession, it stays with me. It's part of me. One of the major delights of my life was discovering Rick enjoyed being still also. (That was a long time ago, roundabout 30 years or so.) Rick's better at it, so I'm still learning. One of these days, I'll master camo painting if Rick ever gets around to teaching me.

Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

That's a loaded question. Depends. At times I travel some damned dark roads in my head. Most of the time, I get lost outside, looking at everything around me, wondering, thinking, making mental notes about all I see and feel. There is always something to fire my curiousity, and learning ahead. I love that. I'm alone much of the time, and like it. Both Rick and myself require healthy amounts of time alone. When I'm immersed in artwork, I'm definitely alone in my head as well as alone physically. I don't explain that process to anyone.

If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to, and how?

Oh boy. It would start with Bronxelf and Geodyne. They are the reason I'm here. It branches rather wildly from there. Gael, Paintist, Dhamaka, Viv, Silar31, MaggieD, SLG, YourHermione, Sprocket, Mandy, 540Air - their absolute kindness is amazing and they are wonderful people who cannot be painted in a few strokes. Nige, who I was in awe of, looking at his photos with wonder. Factotum, with her quiet love of the eccentric and the unique, she has impressed me from day one. Swamprose, with her not so quiet embrace of life and obvious love of it. Rick, of course, once I talked him into moblogging.

People whose lives and photos became an important part of my life, and I would miss them so if they weren't a part of it: Ojo Azure, Parabolichobo, Taniwha, Hildegard, Kostika, Minkey, Harimanjaro, JokerXL, Rare Aquatic Badger, Spiderbaby, OJ, Viktor, 095, Bfish, Alfie, Essitam, Euphro, Stella Finkelstein, Mouseninja, EvilMink269, EmmaB, Eroika, Suzi Shoes, Monkey Finger, Alicat9, Billion and SmaugFilledWindows & Looker who are fellow Dakotans and good friends.

That does not cover my friends list at all, and I don't mean to leave a single person out. This would go on for pages if I tackled each person. I end up making new friends all the time on moblog, and each person is important to me and brings wonderful things to my perspective and life. Each person adds to my knowledge and there is never a lack of new things to learn. The connection - friendship, community. Moblog is a world neighborhood, and it is a truly fine thing.

Posted by Caine

10th Oct 2008, 08:42  

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nige says:

I've been wondering all week who would be interviewed. it's you!

Love your answers, and you've convinced me to have a look at that book, too. Glad i'm part of your family tree. I think you're every bit as inspirational as the people you find an inspiration.

10th Oct 2008, 10:33

Caine says:

Thank you so much, Nige! The book is a really good read, and really eye opening.

10th Oct 2008, 10:53

Viv says:

Really enjoyed reading this. Think that obsession question is a really good one and just loved your answer.

The funny thing about the nature is I'm really really not an expert! But taking pics and looking closely at the world around me - made me use the resources I had to look things up and in the case of the fungi - buy a book :D

Yes moblog does change your life and we are all so glad it brought the photographer out in you.

As for being in awe of Nige - his creativity is boundless but he is such an approachable person that 'awe' made me smile - though you are right his work can be awesome!

10th Oct 2008, 13:59

Caine says:

Thank you, Viv. :) Your knowledge of nature is extensive, to say the least and I've really appreciated it.

Awe is just what I felt about Nige's photos when I first joined Moblog. It seemed like he was highlighted about every 5 seconds and everything he did really made me think. I was very surprised by how open, laid back and approachable he was but I've never forgotten how utterly astonished I was by his (and most everyone's) photos.

10th Oct 2008, 14:47

Thank you for opening so much Caine - and I think the shot you chose is perfect. Bee/Macro/That Special Flower.... what else!
:)

10th Oct 2008, 15:43

Caine says:

Thank you, Dhamaka! The pic is well, very me. :D

10th Oct 2008, 21:10

Jig along says:

Love the photo and I am glad that you have overcome your fear of them.

11th Oct 2008, 05:36

Caine says:

Thank you, Jig along. I'm still wary, they tend to be too attracted to me, but I love shooting them.

11th Oct 2008, 05:41

OCD Sprocket says:

so glad to be part of your Moblog family

:-)

11th Oct 2008, 15:05

Caine says:

My life is so much richer with you in it, Sprocket. That makes me happy. :)

11th Oct 2008, 15:18

:)

11th Oct 2008, 18:00

taniwha says:

Thank you for this Caine. I've enjoyed our exchanges over the time you've been here. I also enjoyed learning a little more about from this interview ... another side of you compared to what I know from your photos.

12th Oct 2008, 13:41

Caine says:

:) Thank you, Taniwha. I've enjoyed our exchanges too.

12th Oct 2008, 13:49

wow, great interview! I want to be your neighbour!

14th Oct 2008, 11:53

minkey says:

Just making me regret now you are so far away

14th Oct 2008, 15:55

Caine says:

Thank you, Para! I'd like you as a neighbor. There's an empty house next door. :)

Thank you, Mandy. I feel that way too. :)

Thank you, Minkey. I wish I wasn't so far away from everyone either. :)

14th Oct 2008, 18:59

silar31 says:

*hugs* I'm glad to be part of you and Rick's moblog family Caine. Love you guys! :D

25th Oct 2008, 15:48

Caine says:

*Hugs* right back atcha. :D Love you too.

25th Oct 2008, 20:48

MaggieD says:

...as I have just said in the following posts (I am working backward) I am fascinated by this blog and will be back in the next day or so (I am on half term holiday next week) to do justice to all of these posts (I am really looking forward to it) ...

26th Oct 2008, 17:56

Caine says:

:D It is great, getting to know some of the little things about people. Been very enjoyable.

26th Oct 2008, 19:22

Spiderbaby says:

Great interview. You're right, it's really nice to be able to know a bit more about people, you've really put into words a lot of what comes across from your pictures. Everything just matches up so well, if that makes sense.
Another one to make me think :)

7th Nov 2008, 22:11

Caine says:

Thank you, Spiderbaby. :)

26th Nov 2008, 03:15

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