Hump Day Q&A: Paula Abreu
1. Who Are You?
I am Paula Abreu, from Venezuela.
2. What do you do?
I do photography, and I also paint. Right now I’m doing an MFA in Photography at the Pratt Institute.
3. When/Where/How did you get your start?
I started making photographs 6 years ago in Venezuela when I did a course at “Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografía”— first as a hobby, and then I couldn´t stop.
4. How long have you been at it?
5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?
I believe in people and human kindness.
6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?
Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld… and recently I saw Alec Soth at Sean Kelly Gallery and it was inspiring.
7. What other types of art are you into?
8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?
I love going to the cinema and I always need to buy popcorn, even if I just ate. (not so crazy)
9. What’s your favourite vice?
10. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?
I eat almost everything, I love eating, and I love to cook mostly to eat it afterwards.
11: Truth or Dare? Elaborate.
Truth. I think that honesty is one of the most important values that make us better persons.
12: What is your most prized possession?
Right now a Yashica-Mat camera that used to belong to my grandfather and I recovered it and started using and I am enjoying it so much.
13. How do you make it over the creative hump/slump?
I usually write to organize my ideas to try to see them clearly so I can reflect on them and translate them into my medium of expression.
(Paula Abreu is a photographer living and working in Brooklyn, NY, on loan from Venezuela. She is currently earning her MFA at the Pratt Institute where she spends her time making wonderful photographs and having heartfelt interactions.)