What’s your full name?
Paul Sesink Clee
Where do you live?
I’m originally from New Jersey, but I have been living in Albany, New York for the past 7 years completing my Bachelors and Masters degrees. I recently moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to work on my PhD research (I study chimpanzees in central Africa).
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I feel like I’ve lived every moment to the fullest, so I feel like my true age: 25.
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move? why?
Cape Town, South Africa. My entire family is from South Africa and Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. It doesn’t hurt that is not too far from where I worked as a real-life safari guide for a few summers while studying elephants as an undergrad.
What’s your favorite zoo animal?
I’m not a fan of zoos, but as far as animals go, my all time favorite is the rhinoceros.
What is your most essential appliance? Kitchen appliance?
In that case, it has to be my Magic Bullet. I have a massive sweet tooth and make milkshakes almost daily with it.
If you could learn any language fluently what would it be?
Mandarin without a doubt. I feel like it has to be one of the best languages to learn in this day and age.
Paul thank you so much for contributing to the ThroughWhose Project. We love your tumblr “everyday disposable.” What was it that drew you to a Disposable Camera?
The raw simplicity is the main thing that drew me to the disposable camera. Photography has been my hobby for many years. I started with a point and shoot like most people, but I quickly upgraded to using DSLRs. I really enjoy shooting abandoned structures and strangers on the street. I always loved the look and feel of photographs shot on film, so I got myself a couple of SLRs and loved it. I originally tried out disposable cameras because I shoot a lot of strangers on the street and a disposable camera is a lot less intimidating than a huge DSLR with a big ‘ol lens on it. I quickly grew to love the images that came out of them and started buying expired disposables in bulk online. I ALWAYS carry a disposable camera on my at all times to capture those moments when I’m not planning on shooting anything. I have become completely enamored with the way such an inexpensive camera with a plastic lens can capture moments the exact way I remember them. I’m also a huge fan on huge 28-32mm focal length range because it really fits my style of shooting. All of these things led me to start my blog (everydaydisposable) where I post disposable camera photos daily that I have developed and scanned myself.
What is one thing that you love about the disposable camera?
It’s unobtrusiveness. Street photography has been a fascination of mine for a while and with a disposable camera in hand, I feel pretty confident walking right up to someone on the street and taking a photo of them. This isn’t as easy with a larger camera. The silent silent shutter makes me feel invisible when using it in public. Someone just needs to make one that winds the film silently, then it would be absolutely perfect.
You shoot incredible landscapes. We notice a lot of symmetry through your photos on your tumblr. Where do you snap most of your photos? Do you apply this symmetry to your other photography?
I feel like I subconsciously look for symmetry when photographing. I like finding and shooting things lined up neatly in a row or using natural elements to frame my photographs. Most of my photos come from my travels. Sometimes it’s from driving to my office or the lab, but other times it’s from trips to Cameroon, Gabon, Mexico, South Africa, and any of the other places I’ve been too in the past few years.
Who is this couple in the photograph titled “Sidelines”? What do they mean to you?
They’re complete strangers. They were watching a youth soccer game that my little brother was playing in and I didn’t hesitate to photograph them while I was there. I enjoy taking photos of strangers so I suppose they act as inspiration for my photography.