Here are some Frequently Asked Questions. I’m more than happy to answer anything you feel like asking, but often, everyone is asking me the same thing! So, problem solved, an FAQ. Please just do a quick check here first so I’m not answering the same question over and over again. Thanks!
1. I’m a photographer. Will you model for me?
I like taking other people’s pictures, and my own picture, but I’m just not too keen on other people taking pictures of me. Reasons can be read here.
2. Who designed your logo?
Clint did! You can contact him and see more of his work here: cuedesign.ca.
3. What is Nanoka?
In May of 2010 I went to visit my very good friend Jack Scoresby in Japan. We spent seven days together taking pictures, staying in some hotels we didn’t belong in (and some we did), wandering around, drinking, and getting tattoos. Then we put it all together with articles about our friendship and our time spent together and published it as an 88-page magazine through MagCloud. You can buy it here, at cost, for only $17.60.
4. What do you do for a living?
I work at a college.
5. What does your family/bosses/neighbours/grandmother/etc. think of your photography?
Basically everyone in my life who matters is aware of the type of photography I do. (The type of photography I do being the naked self-portrait type.) And this is because I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of what I do. My parents (and the rest of my family) have known what I do for many, many years and are proud of what I do. My mother owns my books. My father tells people I’m a photographer. My brother tells everyone online that he’s my sister and he follows me on Twitter. They know I’m naked on the internet; my brother avoids it and my dad doesn’t look at it. But my mom does. And my aunts do. My co-workers do. My teachers have. NBD.
There is nothing secretive about my blog – if there was, I wouldn’t use my real name or post my face on it. If people have a problem with it, it’s not really my problem; it’s actually theirs, right?
6. What do your tattoos mean?
The tattoo on my back says, “Non est ad astra mollis e terra via” and that is a Seneca quotation that means, “There’s no easy way from the Earth to the stars.” The tattoo on my stomach says “Avolare” and means “to fly away.” Both of those are in Latin. The tattoo on my side says, in kanji, “kore wa neko desu” which is Japanese and means “this is a cat.”
7. Why don’t you sell prints anymore?
I do sell prints! You can find them here [COMING SOON].
8. Can you tell me how to be a professional photographer?
No, I can’t. I’m not a professional photographer and have no intentions of being one. There are very few people who can make a living being as a photographer who gets to make art. Most professional photographers are actually wedding photographers, or something similar. Which is great! If you can do it, and I can’t. And I don’t want to. I don’t ever want to have to depend on my art to make a living. It’s too stressful and demanding and soul-draining.
9. Did you go to school for photography?
No. I have BA in English Language and Literature with a minor in Political Science. I’m also currently working on getting my Teacher and Trainer of Adults certificate. None of that really helped with my photography. I took a photography class in high school that I weaseled my way into as I hadn’t taken the first part of the course and therefore never learned any of the basics. I also took a photography course in university that I really liked because I got just hang out in the darkroom all the time and since I worked there I got paid for it. It was a pretty good set up. But no, I never went to school to learn anything specifically about art of photography.
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