WWDND? an interview with Doug P. Newman, photographer
questions by Leigh Riibe & Jason Gertsen of Tender Validations
Tender Validations: We are big fans of your work, and look forward to seeing your up & coming show Friday, September 21st at Vignettes. Is this collection a new body of work?
Doug Newman: It’s a combination of my last four shows. The slideshow is going to be re-edited and fresh.
TV: What is your show about?
DN: It’s a sort of collection of memories. Portraits, places, things…some of the places aren’t even here anymore so it’s sort of like a remembrance of something really wonderful that was happening.
TV: Do you consider yourself a queer artist?
TV: If you could shoot anyone who would it be?
DN: I’m already shooting everyone that I want to be.
TV: What feeling do you hope the viewer walks away with?
DN: I hope that when people look at my photographs they can see something of themselves in them. They don’t have to know the people or the places or the things, but I hope that they can get a sense of something familiar and relate.
TV: We know you are a big fan of Christmas. Each year, you have a tradition of purchasing a tree from the SASG/Dunshee House and carrying it all the way from there to your 2nd floor apartment at the El Capitan. Your dedication to that alone is impressive, not to mention the decorations! What are the top five things on your Christmas Wish List this year?
DN: Let’s see….
1. A new sliver jacket
2. Some pants
3. For gay marriage to pass in the state of Washington and everywhere!
4. For Amy Winehouse to come back to life and make another record
5. For Lynda Sherman’s card line to be wildly successful
and I have one more:
For that Gossip 7” with the really cool drawing on it from the new record.
TV: A lot of people remember very little about their childhood. Some can remember everything. The books we read or were read to us as children can sometimes be telling of our personalities. Name a book that you remember reading multiple times as a child.
DN: Hmmmm…I don’t really remember really reading any books as a child, or even in high school, but the first book I remember reading on my own was Gone With the Wind.
TV: Name a movie you remember watching multiple times as a child.
DN: This is the thing: we didn’t really have VCRs as a kid, so we didn’t have video rentals. But I remember watching Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Elvis movies that usually came on after midnight at my grandparent’s house, and eating pizza’s from Super Duper (which is a grocery store) and chips and dips. I also watched Dallas, Knots Landing, and Dynasty every week. So it wasn’t so much movies, but it was more TV programs.
TV: Who are your heroes and why? Do you have any?
DN: Yes, I do. Courtney Love, Amy Winehouse, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Leigh Riibe, Lynda Sherman, Erin Frost. Cuz I like really strong women. And Loretta Lynn, too. And Stevie Nicks, Keith Harring, Gabriella Pedroza, Vanessa, and Jason Gertsen.
TV: Another presidential election is upon us, and boy has the battlefield remained UGLY! If you were running for president, who would your running mate be, and what would be your slogan?
DN: Hmmmm….Hm. I don’t know about that one…Let’s see…
TV: I once went to a shop in Longbeach, WA called Scrapaccino’s. It sold scrapbooking materials, coffee, and tans. We hear you like to scrapbook. How many scrapbooks do you have in the works presently? How many scrapbooks do you have in total?
DN: I’m probably working on 2 currently, and I have probably like 9.
TV: What types of things do you like to collect?
DN: Scrapbooks, pictures, dishes, glasses, plastic, tupperware, and I think that’s it. Things along those lines.
TV: Aside from being fantastic with photography, cooking is one of your fortes. What’s your best dish of all time?
DN: Currently, Pork Adobo.
TV: You’ve lived in Seattle for quite some time now. What are currently your top 5 favorite places in this city?
1. Athenian at the Market for a frosty mug with Lynda Sherman on a Sunday
2. The Crescent
3. My apartment after 2:30 in the morning if Jason’s up
5. The secret garden walk on Howell between Harvard and Boylston
TV: What golden Girl would you be?
DN: Definitely Dorothy.
TV: Thanks for answering our questions, Doug! See you at Vignettes!