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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









Jig along



Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri








Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round

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1. Where are you? Tell us the story that got you there.

I’m in Weybridge, Surrey, which is just within the south west bend of the M25. Far enough away from the rat race that I wake up to clean air and smog free skies, but not so far away that I can’t grab a Starbucks chai tea latte and an apple and cinnamon muffin when the urge takes me (which is quite often).

Getting here was quite literally a case of putting a pin in a map trying to find somewhere that was close enough to commute to work and cheap enough to afford.

2. One book, one song, and one movie, and tell us why.

“Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin – because life, and death, are just new beginnings that should be embraced and not feared.

“I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing” by Patricia Rozema – because beauty and art are all around us in our everyday lives but we need to shrug off our preconceptions and not be influenced by others in order to see it for ourselves.

“Moon River” when sung by Audrey Hepburn – just, because. *sigh*

3. Why do you moblog?

Despite being lucky enough to get paid to do colouring-in for a living, sometimes the prospect of yet another day dealing with yet another ream of 10.5pt Frutiger Roman garbalese* fills me with despair. Moblog allows me to have some creative freedom fun that isn’t tightly constricted by corporate guidelines, ridiculous deadlines and clients who don’t know their Arials from their elbows. It helps me keep the creative juices flowing when they have all but dried up at work.

* made-up word

4. What do you capture with your camera/mobile phone? Tell us your favourite subject.

Most of the things I blog are just odds and sods that make me smile. I’m not a very good photographer, and until recently only had my cameraphone to take pictures with, so I’m never going to come up with some glorious eye-popping image. However, I’ve now embraced this point and click style of taking pictures. Lots of the time I can’t really see in the viewfinder what I’m taking a shot of, which makes it all the more exciting getting home and discovering what I have.

I find that this makes the experience of taking photos more of a challenge, because I then have to really study the shots I’ve taken to see what can be zoomed in on and cropped, and which images can be placed together to make an interesting set. Quite often I find details in photos that I’d never noticed when I was taking them.

I’m currently loving putting together short visual stories, preferably without any words at all, but I’m also exploring how the presentation of a photo can help convey the photographer’s message. There’s a time and a place for colour, black and white and even solarisation, provided the effects help to enhance the appreciation of the photo rather than detract from it .

Brighton is currently my muse, so expect to see more shots of the locals going about their business while I sit on the sidelines and snap them going about their business.

5. If you could travel in time, where would you want to be right now?

Well, obviously travelling back in time to see dinosaurs or into the future to meet my cloned cyborg self are pretty high on the list.

6. When were you happiest?

Lazing on the balcony on sunny Saturday afternoons in Dulwich, reading or doodling and having to share what tiny space we had with three cantankerous felines who all wanted dibs on the cushions and the sunny spot.

7. What trait do you most dislike in yourself and what trait do you most dislike in others?

I’m a terrible ditherer when it comes to making decisions. I’ll come up with a thousand options for any one situation but I’ll never draw a line in the sand and make a definite and final decision. That’s probably why it’s taking me so long to decorate my flat, I start decorating it one way and then change my mind halfway through and go off on a tangent.

I’m also very easily distract . . . . .

In others I can’t abide rudeness, gum chewing, and smokers who think that the world is their ashtray and can just flick their butts where they choose. Grrrrr . . .

8. Where is your favourite place to holiday/vacation and where in the world would you most like to visit?

I generally feel the urge to make one trip a year back to my home town of Weymouth. Whether it’s the middle of summer or the depths of winter, I take the same old walk along the shoreline and over the cliffs taking in the sights and sounds. I don’t think there’s any of my family still living there, but making the trip is almost a reunion of sorts as I walk and remember the times I had growing up there and my grandmother and grandfather now long gone.

Holidays for me are all about friends, I don’t care where in the world I am, just so long as I’m accompanied by those that are dearest to me.

9. If tomorrow was your last day on Earth how would spend the day?

There would be a lot of tea, good friends, chat and cake involved, either something with spicy ginger or perhaps a classic Victoria sponge.

I would probably finish the day having a thumb through my old sketchbooks and photos and thinking to myself that this hasn’t been such a bad life afterall.

10. What question would you like to ask yourself? Answer it if you can.

Where will you be in five years time? I really don’t know. This year I will be “celebrating” having been in my job for 20 years, which is way too long to have been stuck in one place. I’m currently filled with excitement that I am finally ready to make a leap into a brand new direction with my work, but also terrified by the fear of leaving behind the security of the job I know so well.

Oh well, ever onwards . . . into the fog.

Posted by Sprocket

13th Mar 2009, 06:28   | tags:


Dhamaka says:

I *love* your self portrait
#2 Moon River - absolutely :)
#5 haha
#6 aww....
#7 haha and yep!
#9 and published works (when you finish that project and the ones that will follow...)

There's so much of you that isn't shown in this interview... So I'll say it as a thank you. Thank you for being for always being there, for always finding the humour in a situation, for your creativity, for your sensitivity, for your patience, for your alternative perspectives ... I couldn't imagine a better friend


13th Mar 2009, 07:05

Sprocket says:

awwwww shucks


13th Mar 2009, 10:12

MaggieD says:

A very thought out interview, but then I always guessed that there was more to you than your Moblog persona .... not just the witty commenter and muse for my cartoons, but a very talented individual and caring person :)

.... good luck with your leap (so where are you headed?) I wish you the very best of luck and send lots of love and hugs :)

13th Mar 2009, 18:14

MaggieD says:

Oh yes, and I really like the pic :) .... especially the Director's Chair :)

13th Mar 2009, 18:16

JokerXL says:

The self-portrait.

The interview.

Tnx for sharing Sprocket, you're a lovely man and I'm glad to be able to say I know you (a little).

13th Mar 2009, 18:28

factotum says:

yes, onwards, out into the fog with our cameras!

13th Mar 2009, 19:44

Craft says:

Dulwich....Happy days for me too.

13th Mar 2009, 20:41

queserasara says:

I love the image. I would go along with D on more then in the inerview.


14th Mar 2009, 08:17

nige says:

I think I'll have to disagree with you about your lack of photographic vision too. I think you've got it more than you know.

Love your portrait. Looks like a Futura painting.

Great interview, and having met you a couple of times, it's great to read about other sides of you too.

14th Mar 2009, 08:31

Sprocket says:

thanks chaps one and all, the photo was taken down the beachfront in Brighton (where else) nearly fell over backwards laughing when I spotted it

14th Mar 2009, 12:55

Very enjoyable. If possible, I like to avoid the clue of the photo and start reading while having no idea who the author might be. I think I'd got down to no.5 before your cover was blown, but even then it was no surprise. Thankyou.

14th Mar 2009, 17:31

Viv says:

me too Hobo - Brighton of course totally gave it away

and as to Nige's comment - I don't think you inferred that you lacked the photographic vision - just that you are not into all the photographic technology

a lovely interview - good luck with your leap into a perhaps more stimulating future

14th Mar 2009, 18:53

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