Kelly Smith (Illustrator)
The Proust Questionnaire is a mighty fine introduction to one’s personality. We like to think of ourselves as a pretty friendly bunch here at LKP so, with both a fondness for French novelists (why, of course) and a nosey need to get to know our friends and authors just that little bit better, we’ve taken the ultimate form of interview and LKP’d it – well, just a little bit. Apologies to any traditionalists out there – at least you might pick up some fashion tips.
This month we interview Henry Carroll (author of the brand new Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs). Scroll down to find a link to the book.
1) What is your idea of perfect happiness?
It’s the moment just after writing something that I think is good. It only lasts for an instant before I start thinking it’s bad. That’s when self doubt and depression kicks in.
2) What is your favourite book (answers need not be limited to LKP editions although brownie points are available for ‘correct’ answers)
Novel: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Photography: The Americans by Robert Frank
Laurence King: DIY Fashion Shoot Book by We Are Photogirls
3) How do you relax?
I live in Sydney at the moment. It sounds dumb, but I go to the beach with a book and some sunblock. I also watch a lot of films. I’m one of those weirdos who goes to the cinema on their own and sits right at the front.
4) What is your greatest extravagance?
Kicking back with a beer and turning up Radio 4’s Today Program really loud when my girlfriend’s out. I know it airs from 6 – 9am, but I get it in the evening in Sydney.
5) Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to be good at spelling. I’m dyslexic and I can’t write anything by hand, as demonstrated at my recent book launch. I defend myself by quoting Mark Twain, “Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination".
6) How would you describe your personal style (we’re talking clothes, not conduct)?
I actually pretty much wear the same outfit everyday. I like to keep things simple by colour blocking, or, more precisely, monochrome blocking, as I’ve gone off colours, apart from very dark navy blue. I can’t wear anything with patterns. I can’t even wear pants or socks if they have some sort of design on them. It makes shopping very difficult, so when I find something I like I usually buy five.
7) What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I’m very lucky to have lots of really close friends, if you could describe making friends an achievement. They do all sorts of different things, but they all inspire me and I learn a lot from them.
8) Who are your greatest heroes in life?
Elliott Erwitt. He’s got eyes
9) Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Do we have any more wine?
10) What is your favourite building?
It’s not technically a building, it’s a tree: General Sherman: The Largest Living Thing On The Planet. He’s a 2000 years old Giant Sequoia in California. When you stand in front of him he puts you in your place.
11) Where would you most like to live?
New York or LA.
12) What is your favourite work of art?
Edvard Munch’s ‘Madonna’ (1894-95). Boy would this femme fatale give you trouble.
13) If not yourself, who would you be?
Anyone who is happy. Not that I’m not happy.
14) What is your favourite food and drink?
Foodwise, it’s got to be anything spicy. Drinkwise, nothing beats a quadruple gin and tonic.