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IN LOVE IN FIVE MINUTES: WITH PHOTOGRAPHER PARKER DAY

By SZ STAFF

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Welcome to “in Love in Five Minutes” where STAI ZITTA quickly questions some dreamy girls about the dreamy work they do! Try not to fall in love–we dare you!

 

Self-Portrait of Parker Day

 

SZ: DO YOU REMEMBER THE DAY YOU FIRST SAID, “I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER” WITHOUT FEELING LIKE AN IMPOSTER?

 

PD: Probably when I sold my first print. My focus is on the art series I do, not commissioned work. So selling prints for the first time was very encouraging, like, “ok, I CAN do this!”

 

SZ: CHOOSE ONE: HUNGOVER ALL DAY OR HUNGRY ALL DAY

 

PD: Hungry all day is my perpetual mode of being. Now give to me all your vegan snacks!!

 

 

SZ: CHOOSE ONE: SILVERLAKE SHAMAN OR BROOKLYN LUMBERJACK

 

PD: They both sound like overgrown dumpster babies to me. But the Silverlake Shaman probably has vegan snacks so that’s cool.

 

SZ: CHOOSE ONE: DIRTY CLOTHES ON CLEAN BODY OR CLEAN CLOTHES ON DIRTY BODY

 

PD: Dirty clothes on clean bod duh and douse it all in fine Parisian perfume.

 

 

SZ: CHOOSE ONE: BAD MUSIC PLAYING TOO LOUD OR GOOD MUSIC PLAYING TOO SOFTLY

 

PD: Good music playing too softly sounds just right. I’m like a grandma, I just want a gentle aural ambiance to soothe me.

 

SZ: WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU FELT INSECURE?

 

PD: Ehhh it’s hard to remember, I think just ’cause it’s fleeting. I don’t dwell in insecurity but, you know, I am human so it bubbles up here and there.

 

 

 

SZ: IF YOU COULD SHOOT PORTRAITS OF ANYONE DEAD OR ALIVE WHO WOULD THEY BE?

 

PD: Eartha Kitt in the 50s or 60s comes to mind. She was such a sharply intelligent and dynamic person, it would’ve been wonderful just to be around her.

 

SZ: AGREE OR DISAGREE: BOOKS SHOULD HAVE MORE PICTURES IN THEM!

 

PD: Agree! Feed my eyeballs!

 

 

SZ: DO YOU MISS ANYTHING THAT DIED ON THE INTERNET? A BLOG OR A WEBSITE?

 

PD: Does anyone else remember Friendster? It was thee social media platform before MySpace. What was weird is people would write “testimonials” on your wall, like Yelp reviews of you as a friend.

 

SZ: YOU’RE ENGAGED–WILL YOUR WEDDING BE AS COLORFUL AS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS? (DO YOU HAVE ANY THEMES/LOCATIONS IN MIND?)

 

PD: It’s gonna be a laser wedding! Adam (the fiance) has a laser company and thus an arsenal of high powered lasers, nothing but the finest straight from Slovakia. I already have my dress designer in mind, my lovely friends Del Hacienda, and the fabric; a chartreuse silk charmeuse.

 

 

SZ: HAS MERCURY IN RETROGRADE EVER AFFECTED YOUR PRODUCTIVITY?

 

PD: That sounds like some bullshit the Silverlake Shaman would say.

 

SZ: NAME YOUR TOP 3 PLACES TO EAT VEGAN IN LA!

 

PD: Real Food Daily ’cause pie, Gracias Madre ’cause booze ‘n ambiance, Crossroads ’cause romance.

 

 

SZ: WHAT’S THE BEST PARTY YOU EVER WENT TO?

 

PD: Back when I was throwing nightclub parties in SF, there were a few. The Beyond the Valley of the Dolls theme party was a good one. There was a fashion runway show and the grand finale was a model busting open a giant pill pinata over her head and shaking out the contents onto an eager crowd. In the pinata were white Good N Plenty’s in little drug baggies and when people stepped on them, the candy turned to powder. You can see where this is going. Nearing 2am, it was hilarious to see all the sneaky drug weasels pick up the sacks and dip into the bathroom.

 

SZ: WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW THAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO??

 

PD: I’m finishing up my series of reclining nudes, Possession, with plans to present it in a solo show and release the Possession book in December in Miami during Art Basel!

 

 

SZ: HOW CAN PEOPLE COMMISSION OR BUY YOUR WORK?

 

PD: Get in touch at parker@parkerdayphotography.com or DM me!