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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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1. Where are you currently and why? Where would you rather be on an ideal
day in an ideal world?

I'm in Zurich, Switzerland. I came here to visit my best friend on holiday,
fell in love with the city, and made it my mission to one day call this
place by home. That was nearly 3 years ago. It's 6.40am, and I have just
gotten home from working in a bar. It's light outside already and due to my
bad time keeping combined with technical difficulties, this is very late (even though I started writing it last Sunday). Shit! On an ideal day in an ideal world, I would be awake because me & my very large & shiny camera with it's large & shiny zoom lens would have to catch a flight to somewhere exotic I've never been before to take pictures I'm going to get paid for. OR I'd be awake because I'd spent all night dancing. Still awake because of work...not so much fun.

2. Tell us your Moblog story, how did it all begin for you, what purpose does Moblog have for you?

It started when I moved from Cape Town to England in 2005. I knew Alfie and he got me on to it. It started as a way to document my new life, and as a space to put old photographs so I'd look at them more often. It became an amazing source of delight & entertainment as I got to know the Moblog community - so many warm, open, insanely funny, creative, intelligent, & wonderfully inspiring people from around the world, the friends I made through Moblog were my saving grace that year in the English countryside..don't know what I would have done without you :)

3. What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

I remember being given a book on dolphins when I was about 12, and watching The Big blue, and wanting to be a marine biologist or a diver, I spent a lot of time seeing how many laps I could do in our pool while holding my breath. That was replaced by an obsession with Vogue magazine when I was about 13, I plastered every inch of my bedroom (including the ceiling) with it's pages. What happened? I was a fashion stylist for a few years, loads of frivolous fun. Now I live by a lake, not the sea..but it's enough, I need to
live by an expanse of water, it makes me calmer!

4. Name three things you would change in your life that would make you
happier?

a) I would find a way to cure cancer, in the form of an aspirin, with no
side effects whatsoever, while simultaneously giving the NHS a gigantic kick up their asses for giving my Mum the most shocking post operative care ever. Pure negligence. Disgusting.

b) I would be more self-disciplined - especially when it comes to doing the
things I know are good for me, more regularly.

c) I would talk less and act more.


5. How did you get into taking photographs?

I think it came from my dad, he was always snapping pictures, I think that's
what started my love for documenting life. Coupled with my first boyfriend
being a photography student when I was 17, we loved going on road trips in
South Africa, taking pictures together. Being a stylist gave me another
perspective, creating pictures, I started paying more attention to the
light, how different lighting can make the same face change so much.

6. What are you currently reading?

I have become terrible at starting books & not finishing them! I've just
started reading 'A New Earth' by Eckhart Tolle.

7. What's your motto? Your tagline? Your favourite saying?

Hmmm..'With our thoughts, we make our world'. 'Music is love in search of a
word'. What about my favourite punctuation mark? I use the ellipsis a
lot..too much...hmmm....

8. How would you spend a perfect Sunday?

Lazy morning in bed reading English newspapers (a luxury for me in
Switzerland), followed by breakfast at the Tearoom (great Moroccan
restaurant & lounge here that makes everything you could possible want for
breakfast, till 4pm), followed by a nap, followed by bike riding down to the
lake to have an early evening braai with friends in the setting summer sun.
Generally, lots of napping & food. & friends. Happiness.

9. So it's Desert Island Discs time and we're now choosing that one record
that remains after the hypothetical storm. What is that one record?

Coldplay - Parachutes. It doesn't matter how many times I've listened to it, it still moves me. So beautiful, so emotional. I can remember the first time
I heard it, who I was with, where I was - it's like having a musical
photograph. I've listened to it so many times in the last 9 years, and I
love the way I keep creating new memories to it.

10. Of all the places you have travelled or lived, is there one particular place that feels most significant?

The suburbs of Bergvliet in Cape Town. I grew up there with an amazing group
of girlfriends I'm still close to. Those times are such a big part of me, we were such a close-knit group, growing up together in such a beautiful part of the world. I'm so lucky to have had that experience.

Posted by Uber Spy

27th Jun 2009, 05:55  

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queserasara says:

Nice image & nice interview. I'm half way through a new world. I dip in & out when I think I need it.

27th Jun 2009, 06:39

nige says:

Good job honey. So glad it's you this week :)

27th Jun 2009, 06:59

Dhamaka says:

lovely to read this and I love that shot too
Agree with what you say about your Mum, it beggars belief

27th Jun 2009, 07:38

Sprocket says:

fabulous shot and interview

27th Jun 2009, 10:40

Viv says:

didn't know about your Mum - sorry to hear about that

glad you are still around and happy in Zurich

27th Jun 2009, 14:39

Uber Spy says:

Thank you all! And thanks to Steve for the invitation x.

27th Jun 2009, 15:31

Steve says:

It was well worth the wait.

27th Jun 2009, 16:42

MaggieD says:

Ah, but what happened to wonder plant ? ... ace interview, love the pic .... happy that you are 'at home' in Zurich :)

27th Jun 2009, 18:29

paintist says:

hello lovely lady....that was a great interview :-)

30th Jun 2009, 09:43

Jane Doe says:

Lovely photo, nice to have an update, but like Maggie I am still wondering about Wonderplant...

4th Jul 2009, 18:30

Uber Spy says:

Thank you all x. Wonderplant is alive & well in England, and is HUGE! These days AKA Wondershrub. It's being looked after by Mum who has much greener fingers than me...:)

4th Jul 2009, 18:51

MaggieD says:

:)

4th Jul 2009, 20:59

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