AN INTERVIEW WITH A NOMADIC PHOTOGRAPHER, JOHN KILAR, ABOUT TRAVELLING, HIS IMAGES, AND LIFE
■ conducted by Bartosz Och | photos by John Kilar
John Kilar is one of those photographers whose honesty, spontaneity emanates from his pictures instantaneously as you look at them. I feel in love with John’s images the moment I saw them. They make you want to get up, leave your job, pack your bags, and hit the road. To some extent, his photography has inspired me to do just that. His images captivate and remind us that the world is as large as we make it and that you don’t need the latest, most expensive camera and gear to take fantastic photos. In this short interview with John Kilar, we talk about travelling, his images, and life.
How long have you been photographing and when did your journey with photography begin?
For almost seven years now. It began in the summer of 2010.
Judging by your portfolio, you seem to have been to a lot of different places already. What is your favourite one you have been to so far and why?
I don’t have a single favourite place but I love going to Hawaii. The land and energy there is very potent. It’s a great place for healing and its natural environment is breathtaking.
When did you hear about Rainbow Gathering and what was your experience like being there?
I heard about it gatherings around 2011. All of my experiences at gatherings have been amazing. It feels different every year.
How do you go about photographing people? Do you simply take their photo and smile, walk away, or do you ask for their permission first?
Both. It all depends on the person and circumstance. I’m also a ninja and have mastered the craft of taking a photo in less than a second.
What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
Playing video games and watching cartoons with friends because that’s what the 90s were about!
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
This week! So much energy.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I do as I please regardless if people judge me or not. Other people’s judgements or perceptions have no effect on my reality.
Besides photography, what else do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
I love to dance, stay active, meditate, utilize my body in different ways with movement, make art and music, spend time I nature, sing and chant. And to express myself in all sorts of different ways.
Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity
Yes, and vice versa. It’s a fine dance allowing the two to intermingle.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
Perceive reality in a different way.
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Question everything and look inward!