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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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1. Where can we find you and the reason that brought you there?

In London, working in front of the window and looking out onto my rooftop garden/summer office. The sun is pouring in and everything is right with the world (although I got up late because of the twestival - which is why this is late too - sorry)

2. What kind of relationship do you entertain with blogging, Moblog and the Moblog community?

I see no difference between friendships with people I meet online or in real life. Some are distant, some are closer, some I talk to and rely on but never – or rarely - see, and some I see regularly. There are people on here who I respect for their creativity, their generosity and for their humanity. There are people who amuse or bemuse me and others who frustrate me. Some are slow to come to a decision and others jump to them and then never change. That's what I love and find fascinating about people and it's part of why I'm still here.

If it wasn’t for moblog I’d not be the photographer I am and would probably not be a photographer at all. I originally started my moblog to share my travels with Izadora and my photography developed through a desire to take good shots to share with the whole moblog community.

But things have changed, moblog has changed (both the way it's run and the people in it) and people have ..well... behaved like people do… At the same time I’ve grown as a person. As you’d expect my relationship with Moblog reflects it all.

3. Describe the favorite photo you ever took. Did you post it on Moblog and why?

I’m afraid there isn’t one. I post things because they mean something to me and I want to share them. That doesn’t mean they’re my favourites. It's just that they say what I want.

Sometimes I’ll look at a photo after having taken it and will think to myself ‘yes, that’s it; it gives the feeling I wanted and the composition’s actually OK!’ but after a while I’ll start seeing how I could have done it better.

Somewhere along the way I started wanting to do more than just communicate the moment, a mood or about the people in my shots and recently have realised that photography has become more more of a quest. I want to give, in one image or a series, the synthesis of a place, its feeling and the people and things involved.

That said, there are a couple of images on moblog that I am very pleased I put up. Ephemerunner’s the one that first springs to mind.

4. If you had to spend a year without human contact, how would you fill up your time?

I’m not sure I could. The isolation of staying behind to help after the Asian tsunami scarred me deeply and I don’t ever want to go through all that Post Traumatic Stress stuff again.

Hypothetically, the only way I might manage would be to build a library of things that I wanted to communicate to others at the end of the year. That might work.. I’m sure my writing and photography would improve no end as a result!

5. How do you feel about someone else taking a photo of you? Is there a portrait of you that you were surprised to see?

I don’t feel anything about other people taking photos of me. It’s the results that count!

What some people tell me is a good likeness makes me wonder if I look like a Thunderbirds puppet! Sometimes I see things through their eyes that I’d never see on my own. I’m occasionally granted a glimpse of what they were thinking about or felt about me at the time. Some peoples’ shots show something that I wasn’t aware of about myself. For example a recent one by taniwha showed that even though I feel better I’m not yet completely back from last years’ illness.

Truth be told, I don’t like how I look in a lot of photos. Most people are considerate enough to give me a veto before they post their shots. I’m quite run down at the moment. I have spots (which is rare) and last week did TV interviews with Colombian and Spanish TV. There was no choice for me - I need the publicity for my next expedition - and I’m dreading seeing the footage.

6. What kind of relationship do you have with food? Is there a food that can fill your soul as much (or more) than your stomach?

It's the people who eat with me who fill my soul although we don't eat together sufficiently often.

I like clean, unprocessed food in the main. Eat cherry tomatoes like sweets. Could happily eat sushi morning noon and night forever. And fudge fingers… How can something that costs only 15p have so many calories? Apart from this I’m a very careful eater and make sure my daily diet is balanced with components from each of the major food groups (protein, carbohydrate, fat and chocolate sponge cake).

7. Is there something about you that your friends would be surprised to learn about?

Friends who know me, no. New friends and people I’d like to be friends? Oh yes, but I’m not sharing that here *grins

8. What has been your most important life lesson?

That 99.99% of people in the world are really, truly good inside and that whatever I feel, I’m best off leaving the others alone.

9. Which is your favorite word of the English language? Is there a word that you really hate?

Not really. I like phrases though and often write them in a little book in the hope that doing so will transfer some of their author's facility with language to me. Randomly from that book “a window into the workings of your mind”, “+++it is hard to convey five dimensional ideas in a language evolved to scream defiance at the monkeys in the next tree +++”, “as trustworthy as a chocolate hammer”, “a bridge of matchsticks over a gaping abyss”, “Ah, thinking. I like that in a man”, “brave as two short planks”, “fearless as a hatter”, “Out of place like a slug in a packet of crisps”, “death rippling outward on a tsunami of radiation”, “a compulsive control twiddler”, “following the West into genteel hypocricy”, “electronic Gotterdammerung”, “state-supplied slop”, “refugees living punch-drunk on ceaseless information”.. I could go on... :)

10. What question would you like to ask yourself (and answer it if you can)?

The same I ask myself almost every day. Am I living in a way that will continue to enable me to look myself eye-to-eye in the mirror?

Obviously the answer changes, but after reading this through I've decided to spend the weekend taking myself less seriously.

Posted by Dhamaka

13th Feb 2009, 13:01   | tags:


Sprocket says:

Hmmm . . . a very serious D answering the questions today. And my response to your interview would be:

"Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons."

Luckily I have seen both the serious and the playful side of you Ms D, but I do often think that you should spend more time mucking about in the water.

Come on in, the water's fine.

13th Feb 2009, 13:43

Dhamaka says:

thanks Sprocket

13th Feb 2009, 13:47

Sprocket says:

grab your cozzie and I'll show you the sights of Weymouth

13th Feb 2009, 13:56

nige says:

Great interview. Love the phrases - i'm going to share some of those.

Ace questions too, TA. I often find they add to the interview from the prior week.

13th Feb 2009, 14:25

MaggieD says:

Love that pic ........ a very Dhamaka interview ;) ........and yes, let's get down to the seaside, I'll paddle in the shallows, while you and Sprocket plunge into the waves :)


13th Feb 2009, 18:09

Viv says:

Yes more and more I am aware that thinking too much is not necessarily beneficial - and love your answer to 8 - on a interpersonal level, when I was having problems with a member of staff I adopted the attitude that just because someone throws a ball at you, you don't have to catch it.

13th Feb 2009, 19:00

Spiderbaby says:

Great interview.
No 8 is good advice - I'll try to hang on to that one, and to Viv's resopnse too. Love the phrases, especially the one about the slug in the packet of crisps, and 'electric Gotterdammerung', though I can't put my finger on why.

Enjoy your trip to the seaside (time to get out the nail varnish!) :)

13th Feb 2009, 19:32

Thank you so much, Dhamaka.
I fully share your thoughts on #10.
And I share your passion for cherry tomatoes: it is like biting into tiny pieces of jewelery :-)

13th Feb 2009, 22:56

queserasara says:

Great set of answers - I loved the quotes . Re people a very wise friend once told me that God doesn't give you the people you want, He gives you the people you NEED - To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you into the person you were meant to be. They come into your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime. I find that it helps when I'm astonished at how mad people are. QSSx

14th Feb 2009, 13:20

JokerXL says:

Good stuff D, thank you.
I'm just chuffed to have you down as a friend.
And when you dive into that water I'd like to be rowing along behind you with chocolate cake and a thermos of hot coffee at the ready..

15th Feb 2009, 06:21

Splendid, candid stuff. time to play out!

16th Feb 2009, 00:01

Dhamaka says:

thank you everyone

Sprocket - Cozzie? who needs one of them? hehe
Nige - thank you. They do say that copying is the sincerest form of flattery
Maggie - I'll only get totally cold and wet if you do too. And thank you :)
Viv - I agree wholeheartedly. Too much thinking and too much consideration for others seems to me most likely to result only in tears
Spiderbaby - with the exception of a few weeks over Christmas the blue nail varnish hasn't been off for several years! That said, I really appreciate the consideration and thought implied in your reference
TiliaAmericana - what a wonderful description and thank you for being interested enough in me to ask!
qss - thank you - tend to believe I have something to learn from everyone
joker - how come everyone wants me to get cold and wet?
para - played well out, I assure you

17th Feb 2009, 21:37

minkey says:

Great interview and agreeing with Sprocket, a serious you today. And choc cake a food group? surely... And I really wish that quote 8 was true. Not so sure, that it's all that black and white but do agree leaving the % which is not good is the best way. Hx

18th Feb 2009, 19:48

taniwha says:

Like others, I agree with number 8 which sometimes I hang on to as an article of faith and other times seems to be supported by how people act. And yes, number 10 is important.

20th Feb 2009, 13:53

Spike says:

Very good read d. x

20th Feb 2009, 14:07

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys

H - of course chocolate is a food group!
taniwha - same thing only different
Spike - thank you xx

6th Mar 2009, 15:59

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