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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









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Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri








Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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Interview52: Happy Between 8 Corners

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1. Where does this find you? Tell the story of how you got here.

I currently live in Stockton Heath, a nice little suburb in south Warrington, after taking the big step to move from my home town of Ulverston some 3 years ago, having also had a short time in southampton whilst at university, returning to jump on the Y2K rush and pushing me into IT and software development in particular.

2. Why do you moblog? Which of the posts on your own moblog is your favourite, and why?

I found moblog just over 4 years ago now, the initial fascination of being able to easily document daily life with the only effort being pulling my phone from my pocket, a chance, i thought, of being able to go back in a few months time and see what i'd done and forgotten about. (I have a terrible short-term memory, though i can remember phone numbers from 10 years ago no problem). Here we are 4 years later and there's just so many little 'oh yeah..' moments looking back through, I couldn't possibly put a value on how great it is to be able to do that now. I moblog for several reasons really, one for the reason above but since moving it allows me to keep everybody back home updated with stuff and happenings. I also love getting comments from people, even if i just get a little smiley, i'm pleased that i could just bring a little interest into the world. The moblog community is unique.

I looked for a good hour through my imagewalls, and i couldn't pick a favourite, there are hundreds of different images that are equally special in lots of different ways.

3. What's your favourite part of the world, and why?

It's a big old world and i haven't seen a lot of it yet, but i do believe there are special places everywhere and I think it's got a lot to do with the people that are at your destination. There's a special place in my heart for the lake district, having taken it forgranted before i moved, it's somewhere that still feels like home on trips back.

4. Choose one CD, one book and one film to be stranded with on a desert island

CD: Could you give me a harder question? An audiobook on bushcraft?
Book: Iain M. Banks - The Algebraist, the sci fi book that whet my appetite for hundreds of books after it. A real mind bender.
Film: Something european, Pedro Almodóvar's 'Talk to Her' was the last film that really captivated me.

5. If you had to choose only one form of entertainment for the rest of your life, what would it be: listening to music, reading books or watching movies?

Reading books, till the age of about 20 i think i had read 5 books total. Thankfully that's changed a great deal now and read in phases sometimes 2 books a month, then a gap of a few months, where i just can't settle into reading, so i do other stuff, photography, house etc.

6. If you could take a year off, what would you do with it?

I would go on a big tour, be it europe or the world, hopefully stopping off at willing mobloggers for coffee, meeting new and interesting people enrichens my life, and there's certainly no shortage of interesting people here. I'd also have time to really try and follow my photography dreams, which may evolve but never go away.

7. Which appeals to you the most, abstract or realist art? Do you have a favourite photographer?

Abstract definitely. We need not always understand what something is to appreaciate it. I don't have a favourite photographer, but there's a few mobloggers who's work i really admire.

8. If you had to choose to only take street OR studio photographs, which would it be, and why?

Street photography definitely, as an avid people watcher, there's something wonderfully calming about watching hundreds of humans buzzing about in their own little worlds, you get a small window from which to escape your own life and see someone elses.

9. What is the biggest problem faced by mankind today, and how would you solve it?

Losing our liberty for the sake of perceived 'security'

10. Any New Year's resolutions?

A couple, watch this space to see if i pull any of them off!

Posted by kyoob

9th Jan 2009, 09:22   | tags:,


Jane Doe says:

Great answers - even if you did duck a couple of questions ; )
I'm going to go find that Banks novel now, must be pretty special

9th Jan 2009, 09:54

kyoob says:


Which ones, i will make with the edit! :)

The Banks novel is a huge Space Opera, if that's your bag - i think you'll enjoy it.

9th Jan 2009, 09:57

nige says:

Suprised at your answer to number 8. I always thought you preferred studio work.

Good choice of film. I love almost everything by Almodovar. If you like his work, it's worth checking out Bigas Luna too. I think you'll like him.

Glad you got this weeks interview. Haven't really seen you around these parts too often since you got the house!

9th Jan 2009, 10:41

kyoob says:

Nige: I do really enjoy studio work, but it's challenging trying to create something interesting or recreate an image you had in your head. Street photography just has many more dimensions, rain is very hard to do in a studio ;) I'll check out Bigas Luna cheers and yes house is swallowing all my spare time at the moment, i'll try to be about more.

Taniwha: Yeah, most of our friends are spread over the country, so it usually ends up being a visit with an overnight stay, which is fun.

9th Jan 2009, 10:59

factotum says:

I like the fact that the interviews always send people off to check out ideas, books, films, music etc. I'm off first of all to look at your image wall!

9th Jan 2009, 13:51

Rich says:

vertices, not corners.


9th Jan 2009, 14:37

Dhamaka says:

what a great interview - and I love that image too!

I agree wholeheartedly with your response to 9. It's something that has worried me for years. Love the Algebraeist (anyone want to listen to the unabridged talking book let me know) but having read science fiction since I was around 11 can't imagine what it might have felt to have come to it when also new to the genre.

Love your answer to 6 too. Had I the time I'd try riding to UK mobloggers - if they'd have me - and I'm kind of hoping to do little moblogger rides when the weather improves. I like Almodovar too, but the one of his films that made the biggest impression was todo sobre mi madre/all about my mother

Good luck with the resolutions!

9th Jan 2009, 15:15

kyoob says:

Rich: I toyed with vertices but the pluralism and 3 sylables didn't scan for me :)

Thanks Dhamaka, the image was taken at 3:58am this morning, i have a throat infection which prevents me sleeping or even being horizontal, was nice to have the time to experiment with the bare room and stark stepladders.

Can you let me listen to the talking book version, would be great to have on in the background - you know where to contact me.

And you're forever welcome for a cuppa and accomodation if you're riding up this way :)

9th Jan 2009, 15:25

Dhamaka says:

thank you!
sending email

9th Jan 2009, 17:07

yannbuk says:

In a word excellent. But then I would think that wouldn't I? interesting seeing some of your responses from an outside view as it were. Well done Mr Kyoob.

9th Jan 2009, 17:27

MaggieD says:

Really enjoyed reading this, and as ever, every time I read one of these interviews I find myself wanting to meet the interviewee in person, so if you are ever in London please let me know .....

and hey, 4 years on Moblog !

9th Jan 2009, 19:33

JokerXL says:

Nice one Kyoob, Yes, I had you down as a studio bloke too.
Now I know you're in (near) Warrington we'll have to hook up.
I have a "favourite" overnight parking place on the north side of Warrington, near the M62/A49, off the roundabout there, behind that scabby bowling alley.

11th Jan 2009, 10:49

kyoob says:

Joker: Definitely - that parking spot of yours is right by the studio I normally use. I can hear the bowling alley when I'm shooting.

11th Jan 2009, 12:58

JokerXL says:

Ever been in there?
I couldn't stop myself laughing at some of the punters there, nearly got myself into trouble!

11th Jan 2009, 14:32

kyoob says:

Yeah, there's a brilliant spectrum of pond life in there, give me a shout next time we can have a giggle at them together :)

11th Jan 2009, 18:44

PrincessJun says:

enjoyed reading this, and good luck with the new years resolutions!

14th Jan 2009, 20:23

Viv says:

another book to read - thanks good interview - I do enjoy these

18th Jan 2009, 14:04

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