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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









Jig along



Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri








Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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1. Where are you right now? How did you get here?
At home, in Moscow, halfway to the edge of the Milky Way along the Orion spiral arm. I've lived here my whole life.

2. What brought you to moblog? Why did you decide to become a moblogger?
I heard about moblogUK from Ragnar Tornquist. I had a mobile phone and I took pictures often, but showing photos of 132x176 pixels to friends meant risking to bore them to death. Showing the pictures to the internet minimised the risks of boring someone I know, and, at the same time, it satisfied my primitive picture-showing needs.

3. You obviously love to travel around the great country in which you live. What is the best part of these trips for you?
I don't like travelling. Stella does.
I like skiing in mountains, I like swimming in sea water, I like pointless walks in places where there is no people. My country is big enough to offer all that. But I don't like travelling as such.

4. Do you think moblog has changed since you started blogging, and do you have any favourite memories/moments?
As a web site I think it is pretty much the same as it was 5 years ago. It is still not very crowded and has its small-town charm.
But for me personally it has changed. Now it has become more of a diary, rather than just a place to post my pictures and practice English.

The best moments are the moments when moblog somehow gets connected to the real world around me, like becoming friends with swamprose, receiving various little things from Dhamaka, meeting Marco 095 in Moscow, seeing events I took part in but blogged by PR, finding out that minushabens was in Moscow last year...

5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what music, films and books would you wish you had with you?
Jason Mraz and Michael Bouble to remind me of Stella.
Films... I'm not going to waste time on films when I'm on an island.
As for the books, I'd take all the textbooks I was supposed to study in the aviation institute, but did not. And something like Organic Chemistry For Dummies. I often need chemistry in my current work, but I don't know anything, because my school teacher was a looney - a periodic table fell on her head. An occupational disease, so to say.

6. You live in one of the World's great cities, which is obviously a great source of inspiration for you. Are there aspects of it you feel you have not yet documented?
There are so many things to be documented in Moscow: there's history, there's architecture, cultural and political events, underground, people of Moscow... even wildlife. I live on the outskirts of Moscow and I feel like all I have documented so far is the park next to my house, and, maybe, Moscow weather.

7. What have been your best moments/memories in the last month, year and decade?
A day with Stella in Rublevo, looking for a flat to rent. Great day.
A solar eclipse I saw last year. That was magical.
The Decade is harder. I have a mental problem - I can't remember a bad thing for longer than six months. Looking back, it seems, that my past consists only of great moments and happy times.

8. If you could photograph anything in the world, including things or events in the past, what would it be and why?
I'd like to picture people up on my genealogical tree, because I know very little about my family past. Also, because I'd like to know who's to blame for my left ear being slightly bigger than the right one.

9. Do you have any vices/guilty pleasures?
There's no big secret. I'm lazy and indecisive... indecisive and lazy.

10. How did you get into photography? How has your style changed/evolved?
I don't like thinking about my pictures in art terms. Have camera - will take pictures.

Posted by bfish

24th Jul 2009, 12:53   | tags:,,


nige says:

I always look at the portrait to work out who it is before reading, but I have to say with your short hair I didn't know it was you, bfish. You look so different. Great portrait. I see your English has come along!

24th Jul 2009, 13:59

bfish says:

*takes a courtly bow*

24th Jul 2009, 14:26

Taniwha says:

Thanks for this Bfish. so many of your answers made me smile. It's nice having you around.

24th Jul 2009, 18:15

queserasara says:

I love your answers Couldn't work out from the image who it was - but now all makes sense.

25th Jul 2009, 05:58

bfish says:

Thank you.

25th Jul 2009, 06:51

Stella_Finkelstein says:

terrible haircut. you look like a gulag prisoner...

25th Jul 2009, 09:38

Viv says:

always rely on the ones closest to you to criticise

sounds like an excellent memory to me :)

and your pictures are never boring

25th Jul 2009, 12:10

Dhamaka says:

I love that last answer best, and the way you have answered #3 is exactly how I think of you answering things in my head :)

It's a big compliment to have been included in this and I look forward to meeting you face to face some time in the future

I think the thing you have described as a mental problem is a huge advantage - one that I would like to have too

Also, I have to echo Viv - your pictures *are* never boring

25th Jul 2009, 13:59

MaggieD says:

Love the interview, it made me smile :)
Love the portrait too .... more than a hint of Salvador Dali ;)

25th Jul 2009, 18:51

Caine says:

Wonderful interview, bfish, and the photo is definitely faved. :D By the way, that' s a very good mental problem to have - one I should adopt.

25th Jul 2009, 20:50

swamprose says:

yes, it's a terrible haircut. stella has been such a good influence, and I bet you argued all they way.

good to see you.

27th Jul 2009, 13:37

JokerXL says:

Interesting reading, fabulous photo.

31st Jul 2009, 09:46

Euphro says:

Sorry it's taken me so long to post something here.

Great answers and re your answer to question 3, in formulating it, it never occurred to me that someone who travelled a lot would not enjoy it, so I learned something fundamental there :)

31st Jul 2009, 14:00

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