Pacific Dissent is a free online and print art magazine. On this blog you will find contemporary art and contemporary photography as well as interviews with these artists and photographers. 

Pacific Dissent Interviews Photographer Atisha Paulson

1. Camera most often used? 

Contax g2 for personal. Canon for work.

2. Who's your favorite photographer(s)? 

Philip-Lorca diCoorcia, Nan Goldin, Slim Arrons, Ed Templeton (Deformer was the first photo book I ever bought).

3. Favorite subjects to shoot?

People. I like faces + stories. I like imagining their past and future based on the present

4. Sources of creative inspiration?

Living in New York. Every day I see something or someone that I think would make a good photo. I try to carry my camera around but I get lazy and burnt out. Mostly from retouching and spending too much time in front of my computer.

5. Intention behind your photographs?

There's no intent. I don't think like that. It's more like, as a child, I was always envious of people with photographic memories, so I found a way to create one for myself. A lot of times I can't remember when something happened (my memory is shit). But I can always go back to the time + date stamp on a photo and that usually helps me retrace my steps. For example, the night I met my wife. We were all out at a bar, celebrating someone's birthday (I don't remember who). A friend introduced me to her. Over the course of the night, I took some pics of people at the party, not knowing that 7 years later that woman would be my wife. Every now and then, I look back at those pics and I remember exactly what it was like the first time we met. I definitely couldn't do that without a photographic aid. 

6. How did you start taking pictures?

I wanted a bb gun but my parents were hippies so they gave me a camera. A Nikon FM2. We lived in Santa Barbara so my dad got a Brooks student to come by once a week and teach me how to use it. I remember being extremely disappointed, all my other friends had awesome pellet guns with those cool silver co2 cartridges. When I was 13 I wanted to shoot windows and cans, not a roll of film. 

7. What's the story behind the woman spreading her pussy in the bar/club?

That woman is/was a man and that pussy used to be a dick. Think of it as show and tell, but for a little more mature audience.

7. Future projects in the works? 

Not really, I mean nothing specific. This might sound dumb but living in New York is a future project. You never know who you're going to meet, collaborate with, do cool shit. That's the only reason I live here. Otherwise I'm dying to move back to SB and live a mellow life. No subways, less noise, more mature. But there's nothing for me to do there. Everything is here. Maybe LA too but I hate traffic and the smog sucks. 

You can view more of Atisha's work on his website here

Instagram: @AtishaPaulson