Atlanta, Blue Lines, D.C., Josh Smith, Kat Goduco, Kenneth A Suffern Jr, Marcus Fizer, New York, Nikki Giovanni, Photography, poetry, Rise Sushi & Lounge, Sense[Ability], Sonia Sanchez, Venice, Washington Redskins
This week, the Blue Lines Blog has interviewed currently in Atlanta, photographer, poet, jack of many trades extraordinaire, my Pinoy sister Kat Goduco (www.KatGoduco.com).
Q: Describe your current showcase to the fans
KG: Sense[Ability] is a showcase depicts the 5 senses illustrated through photography. It was a collection done for Rise Sushi & Lounge, and is currently being displayed in the restaurant.
Q: Do you ever have photographer’s block and if yes how do you deal with it?
KG: No, there is always an image to be taken.
Q: What types of assignments are you attracted most?
Q: Describe what black and white photography means to you?
KG: Black and white photography captures a real image. It brings out the strengths and you cannot hide the flaws.
Q: Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist?
KG: Everybody’s an artist, information is displayed differently through each person. And artists is someone with something to say. “I live not to exist, but to express.” That’s also what I want as my first tattoo.
Q: How do you describe your photographic style?
KG: -after a brief pause, Kat’s answer was “lifestyle photojournalist.”
Q: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs?
KG: Initially people did not see or understand my vision, when I tried to explain it in words, but they see and understand the vision that I have through my work. The tell me what they want me to take, and I give them what they want to see.
Q: Tell a little secret about yourself that no-one knows …
KG: I’m afraid of the dark.
Q: Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?
KG: Nikki Giovanni, Kat answered to which I described to her my meeting Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez in Atlanta circa 1998. Kat also elaborated on how a friend tried to set up a meeting between she and Nikki Giovanni, and after all efforts were unsuccessful (due to time and scheduling constraints) her friend presented her with the combined correspondence between themselves and Nikki trying to bring Kat’s dream to a reality).
Q: What would you have done differently during your photography career thus far, and could this be advice to others?
KG: Know my technical skills, know the fundamentals of photography. Q: Do you feel that going in your lack of fundamental knowledge has been a positive or a negative? KG: it’s hard to say, but going in I had a better eye than I had fundamental knowledge. It’s like (regressing to our former working environs) Josh Smith has all the talent in the world, but he works on parts of his game in the off-season to become better. To which we both laughed, “Marcus Fizer,” as an example of talent and no fundamentals harkening back to an unrelated conversation I had wondering where the former Bulls player was now.
Q: What are your thoughts on the paparazzi and their effects on photographers and photography?
KG: it is not the paparazzo’s fault for their market, but it does exist. In the end, you choose you own niche.
Q: I loved this question when I thought about interviewing you, how do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it?
KG: I shoot not to edit.
Q: What other thoughts would you like to share?
Q: What inspired you?
KG: I don’t know.
Q: Does an photographer cultivates their craft, or is she divinely gifted?
KG: Both, people inherently know their craft, but you have to hone your craft every day, it’s a learning process.
Q: What role does a photographer play in the society?
KG: Only the most important, they’re visually capturing history as it happens.
Q: What’s your favorite word?
KG: Mediterranean – it helped me skip first grade. Q: How? KG: I prefer not to disclose. I laugh at her answer.
Q: Grew up in?
KG: D.C. Area.
Q: Favorite sports team?
KG: Washington Redskins (How obvious).
Q: Book to take on a deserted island?
KG: Four Hour Work Week. Q: Really? Nothing other than text, you put me on to the Alchemist? KG: Yes, but that’s one of the few.
Q: Favorite city?
Q: Favorite State:
KG: New York.
Q: What’s in your CD Player?
KG: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Q: Where do you work best?
KG: In noise.
Q: Qualities you most admire in yourself and in others?
KG: Tactful honesty, I admire the same in other people. Everything boils down to it.
Q: What do you do to relax?
KG: Work, she laughed.
Q: Place where you were/are happiest?
KG: In Church by myself, non particular religious denomination, just in there by myself.
Q: Most embarrassing moment?
KG: I peed on myself in 3rd grade.
Q: What adjectives would you use to describe your latest work (Sense [Ability])?
KG: Reinforcing, deliberate and fresh, to which we broke out in our B-Girl and B-Boy stances.
Q: Describe your upcoming work?
KG: The lineup is great, it is the sequel to last April’s Mistaken Identity which took place at the Adidas store at Lenox!
The manuscript Blue Lines is a fictional period piece, written by Kenneth Anthony Suffern, Jr., that takes place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.