Tim Hailand.


“My work desk is comprised mainly of a large computer screen and a printer – this is my desk in New York where I mainly live. I have just sent my 2nd and 3rd books to the printer (One Day in the Life of Jake Shears, and One Day in the Life of Rufus Wainwright) My practice is simple – I go out into the world and make photos of people and places and things that interest me – I’m more interested in People and things, and if a sense of “place” can be garnered by the viewer then that is also good, I wonder if one can get a sense of place by a tree, a sky = something not so obvious but that has the “essence” of a place. In this image of my desk you see piles of papers and stuff, a promotional postcard for Jake Shears book, a portrait I shot of performer Taylor Mac that I cut out, a Cindy Sherman postcard, a Bed Bath and Beyond discount coupon – stuff.”

Tim Hailand was born in Buffalo in 1965. He currently lives and works in New York City, traveling often. His work has appeared in Visionaire, The New Yorker, Paper, Playgirl, Frieze, Artforum, W and V magazines, in public collections of The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Progressive Collection, and private collections of Elton John, Chaka Khan, Rufus Wainwright, Isaac Mizrahi, Mario Testino, Danielle Steele, Vivienne Westwood, Stevie Nicks, Patti Lupone, and Justin Bond.

FROM YOUR DESKS: I dig the astronaut. Who is that?
TIM HAILAND: The astronaut is called an “Action Man,” I was at the flea market in Paris with my fashion designer friend Bernhard Willhelm, and we went to the children’s section – where kids sell their stuff. I saw him sitting there – looking handsome and barefoot and bought him for 1 Euro. I then went around and bought about 15 other “Action Men”, they are the G I Joes of Europe. The astronaut did some traveling with me – he functions as a portrait that I rephotograph.
I could care less about Parsons…I majored in Dancetaria. It was a great club on West 21st Street. I was there 5 nights a week.
FYD: In your One Day In The Life series, how do you approach your subjects? In today’s celeb-saturated culture, how do you make them accessible to their fans?
TH: I approach my subjects as human beings. I have no “agenda” – I am simply focusing on that which I think is significant about the subject – how I perceive them – and then I edit down many many images to give a rhythm of their day – to portray them as I see them. I don’t think about “their fans” at all – I think about the subject and what they mean to me.
FYD: What kind of camera do you use?
TH: I use mainly Pentax; For my portrait work medium format Pentax 67, for the book series an old 35mm manual Pentax. The performance work is shot digitally: Canon EOS 7D, some of Dan Radcliffe’s day was actually shot with a Sony Cybershot – I don’t think cameras are so important, I mean you need a decent camera, but I don’t really think about them much.
Maybe St Petersburg, Buenos Aires, or Japan somewhere. I spend much time in Berlin and do lots of my best work there.
FYD: 1983. Parsons. New York City. The good ole’ days. 
TH: NYC was without a doubt much more unique in 1983. I could care less about Parsons, though I went there, I majored in Dancetaria. It was a great club on West 21st Street. I was there 5 nights a week. All the great British bands played there (The Smiths made their first U.S.) appearance there New Years Eve of 1983. This was all before the internet, mobile phones, and the “slobbification” of America – people actually had to make an EFFORT to communicate and present themselves. Nightlife in NYC ended for me around the time Warhol died in 1987. NYC as a unique place probably started to lose it’s “luster” due to Giuliani, Starbucks, 911, and rude people on electronic devices (and dumb dumbs in Ugh boots).

FYD: If you had to leave on tomorrow; where would you go with your camera?
TH: I’m going upstate to Hudson, NY with my best friend (and artist) Jim Hodges, then going on Saturday to Lake Placid to photograph bobsledders at The World Cup Games. In a fantasy version of tomorrow? Maybe St Petersburg, Buenos Aires, or Japan. I spend much time in Berlin and do lots of my best work there.
FYD: Do you have a favorite photo from Berlin?
TH:This (see right) is one of my favorites – I feel it embodies all that I love about Germany: Olympic bobsledder Thomas Poge at Sans Soucci, October 2009.
Follow Tim on Twitter @TimHailand

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