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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.


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









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Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri








Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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New Year, new toy

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1. Where does this find you? Tell the story of how you got here.

In terms of location, I live in the SE of England, though I'm a Yorkshire lass at heart. I moved south to be with my partner, more years ago than I care to remember.
Work-wise, I'm a post-grad Literature student. I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up; in the past I've been the world's worst bar-maid, an itinerant fruit-picker, and even had a few proper jobs too

2. Why do you moblog? How do you use the site?

I followed a friend here, nearly four years ago. My 2000th pic is coming up very soon! I'm a bit of a technophobe, and not remotely artistic, so I'm a bit bemused that I ever mange to post anything at all.
The combination of words AND pictures Moblog offers appeals to me. It's a way of sharing a slice of my life with family and friends, though my blog title Plato's Cave reflects the fact that any one image is just one of many possible representations of reality.
Surfing the site is a great displacement activity when I'm supposed to be researching or writing; the diversity and global dimension is particularly stimulating.

3. Your pictures have enormous presence and individuality; why Jane Doe?

I've a love/hate relationship with the internet, and have had a range of IDs on various sites over the years. After spending a summer away, I decided to come back incognito. JD has stuck, and I'm happier with her than with any of my other online personae.

4. Give a brief summary of three albums, books or movies that mean a lot to you.

Metamorphoses (Ovid) When I was a kid I was fascinated by myths and legends. This is a real treasure trove of Classical mythology, with even more sex and violence than the Ladybird versions I read as a child : )

Hotel World (Ali Smith) One of the best contemporary writers, I love all of her work. She does amazing things with the English language, and makes serious socio-political observations, but often with a keen sense of humour, and always with a lightness of touch.

The Bicentennial Man (Isaac Asimov) I am particularly fond of short stories. When I was a teenager I read stacks of science-fiction, especially John Wyndham, but also Asimov, Clarke, etc. I actually did a science degree first time around, but when I went back for my BA, the first essay I wrote was based on this story (I used it for a discussion of Cartesian dualism.) NB Don't watch the film version!

5. If you had more free time, what would you do with it?

Where to start? Read more books, watch more films, listen to more music, travel. Spend more time with family and friends. Learn Ancient Greek, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. Just how much time more free time would you let me have?

6. If you could change one thing about people, what would it be?

Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby from The Waterbabies made a big impression on me as a kid. It struck me as incredibly obvious that the world would be a better place if people were more considerate, to be frank if they were simply ? to use a much derided word - nice. I'm not a great one for organised religion, but ?Love thy neighbour? strikes me as a pretty good place to start.

7. You have a choice: either take only black and white photos for the rest of your life, or only take photos of plants. Which is it?

I'll go with plants, as long as I can include landscapes in that definition ? then I could sneak a few figures in too : )

8. What will be the biggest event of the 21st Century?

The present global recession. The short term repercussions are going to be incredibly painful. The one glimmer of hope is that it may lead to a reconsideration of the whole nature of capitalism, growth and consumer society. A simpler, less materialistic lifestyle might be better for the planet as a whole, in the long term.

9. How would you like to be remembered?

I honestly don't care. However, I'll leave behind two kids. I hope I've given them a good start in life, and that they'll grow into strong women who make a positive impression on the world.

10. What thing would you most like to do these holidays?

Spend time with my family, which is exactly what I did : )

Posted by Jane Doe

1st Jan 2009, 23:21  


Dhamaka says:

knew it was you from the thumbnail


2nd Jan 2009, 00:14

swamprose says:

well, I had no idea it was you from the thumbnail. but I do like that bit of camera in front of you. congratulations.

and I like the vote for plants vs b&w.; all the best to you and yours in this new year.

2nd Jan 2009, 00:33

nige says:

Congrats on the new cam!

Nice interview. Really like your answer to 8, and i completely agree with the whole rethinking of capitalism / consumerism. The last couple of years have certainly made me reconsider such things.

2nd Jan 2009, 01:28

Steve says:

New Camera fun, nice interview

2nd Jan 2009, 02:34

Viv says:

yes recognised the thumb

no great surprises here :)

but made me think I remember the Waterbabies making an impression on me when I was quite young and have never re-read it....

did wonder who asked the questions..?

see you are taking the more serious photography challenge - enjoy!

2nd Jan 2009, 08:01

nige says: asked the questions this week, Viv.

2nd Jan 2009, 10:35

Jane Doe says:

Thanks for the comments!
The camera is great, my first ever proper SLR, Canon 450D. Thanks for the advice, Nige : )
I am looking forward to learning how to use it over the coming year

2nd Jan 2009, 13:06

Twiglet says:

I enjoyed your interview vastly!

2nd Jan 2009, 13:14

kyoob says:

as did I :)

you come across very much the 'nice' that you speak of

2nd Jan 2009, 14:40

Dhamaka says:

She is, kyoob.. in a good rather than a boring way

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this camera. Already a good photographer so it's going to be a fascinating year..

2nd Jan 2009, 17:02

nige says:

No worries. Hope you get on well with it. I had a play around with a friends on NYE and it really is sweet. That EF-S 18-55mm kit lens is very nice.

2nd Jan 2009, 17:26

JokerXL says:

Great stuff JD, thanks for this, most interesting observations from a fascinating person.
hope to see you again soon.

2nd Jan 2009, 21:33

PrincessJun says:

Happy New Year - great interview! I like your answer to no.6. - cool new toy too. ;)

3rd Jan 2009, 16:45

taniwha says:

I just enjoyed finding little connections with you in your answers. Early love of short stories, studying arts, rethinking capitalism ... thank you. Maybe we will meet soon.

3rd Jan 2009, 18:20

Jane Doe says:

Thank you all, and happy new year : )
Joker, Taniwha, look forward to seeing you both sooner rather than later, all being well

5th Jan 2009, 16:35

MaggieD says:

Having had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with you I think this interview is pretty much spot on in portraying you as a very bright, clever, articulate and 'nice' person :)

Looking forward to seeing you again soon :)

9th Jan 2009, 19:41

Jane Doe says:

*Blushes* Yes, see you soon Maggie : )

10th Jan 2009, 15:08

itchymoblog says:

Firstly, happy new year and please let me apologise for taking so long to respond to this! We went away for two weeks at New Year and I forgot all about this comm ...

Nice pic! I love the colour of your hair :) And great answers; I am another former SF geek (Asimov all the way, baby; though I haven't read Bicentennial Man and have absolutely no desire to see the movie ...). And you've made me curious about Ali Smith, who isn't someone I'd naturally have read, but I love language, so I'm going to run and see what she's all about.

Very much admire your answer to (6), though I don't remember much about the book.

Glad you had a great holiday!

Nice to have met you!

19th Jan 2009, 19:47

Jane Doe says:

Thanks, Itchy - you asked some thought-provoking questions!
Please do seek out some Ali Smith - it's my mission in life to get her more widely read : )

19th Jan 2009, 20:53

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