Interview #39: Hannah Davis
CUS: First of all, the most standard question in the book: how did you get into photography?
Hannah Davis: Well, one day my father gave me his camera from the 70s and it went from there really!
CUS: Tell us a little about where you live.
HD: Well I live in South London . . . which is convenient and there is always something to do. But I miss the countryside and woods back home, which is actually only an hour away so I do go back to my parents sometimes.
CUS: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
HD: Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and a cup of earl grey tea.
CUS: If you could photograph any person (past or present) who would you choose?
HD: I don't really know - specific people aren't that important to me in photographs - it’s the places that are key and I could give you a whole list of places I'd like to photograph instead!
CUS: What kind of camera do you enjoy using the most?
HD: My Yashica T5 but it’s broken so I'm back to my Olympus OM10 which I've actually really missed.
CUS: If every photograph should contain one key element, what would it be in your opinion?
HD: Something slightly ambiguous or suggestive . . . and something which no other medium could capture (like moving image for example).
CUS: If you could go anywhere in the world to take photographs where would you go?
HD: Scandinavia . . . I've never been.
CUS: What are some of your favorite films?
HD: The Sacrifice, No Country for Old Men, Chungking Express.
CUS: What’s your favorite time of year and why?
HD: Winter -- winter sun and snow and Christmas holidays and cuddling up by a fire.
CUS: What’s your fondest childhood memory?
HD: Going over the rainforest in Australia at sunrise in a hot air balloon!
CUS: What do you think the world will be like 50 years from now?
HD: Everything will be virtual reality, artificial and simulated. We'll have fake plastic forests; it'll be horrible.
CUS: What’s have you always wanted to photograph but have thought was too hard or difficult to execute?
HD: Landscapes in the moonlight.
CUS: What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?
CUS: Who, or what, is your biggest influence?
HD: Walking in forests.
CUS: Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Do you think that photography will still be a big part of your life?
HD: Hopefully I will be well travelled, have some recognition for my work and have started a family by then! My plan is to continue my practice in fine art which will indefinitely continue to include photography along with film and installation work too.
CUS: Our last interviewee, Annette Pehrsson, wants to know: Is there a certain state of mind that makes you inspired, or makes you feel the need to pick up a camera in general? If so, does this mood reflect the atmosphere of the photograph?
HD: Just before I go to sleep I have most of my ideas and then I sit up and write them all down. Otherwise, when I'm alone and walking somewhere or on a train that is when I am most inspired during the day. My friends also inspire me too.
CUS: Last but not least, what would you like to ask our next Interviewee?
HD: How do you feel about photography and the internet?