JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
CHRIS MOODY: I wanted to be a lot of things: first it was to save the rainforest, then to join the army, and around 10 I thought about oceanography or a photojournalist/anthropologist. also wanted to be a pro basketball player and knew i would never go pro in skating… I agree with all except for joining the army.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
CM: The past present and future, nothing too specific.
JC: What are you up to right now?
CM: Creating new projects, collecting zines, posting stickers, finding gigs, and working at a smoothie & juice shop. At the moment EATING BACON.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
CM: My old high school teacher Melissa was definitely a big help: getting me publications, equipment, and allowing me to spend all day in the darkroom. She’s rad.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
CM: After living in no name places to the rest of the world I recently moved to New York City, the fast pace is pretty sweet but everyone’s sooo busy… not sure how it’s shaping me… We’ll see.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
CM: I hope you received a scholarship cause that shit is overrated.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
CM: Lots of options really, but the main one being I would move to West Virginia and take over my great-grandparents house which has been vacant for some time.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
CM: Yes and no, I had never really been apart of one, kind of just doing my own thing, but that’s a main force of bringing myself to the city.
Portrait of Igor Stravinsky (1946) by Arnold Newman.© Arnold Newman/Getty Images