Do you believe in karma?
NG: Um, not really. Like I said, bad things happen
to good people all the time, but I don't necessarily
think it's cause they ever did something bad.
I don't know if I believe in past lives or God
for that matter. Eventually everything comes out
in the wash; things work out in the end. Karma
is just a way for man to try and explain why things
happen and sometimes I think there isn't an answer,
things just happen and you can't control it.
Are you a spiritual or religious person?
NG: I go back and forth in my mind. I've done
a lot of reading and looking into that. I was
raised Catholic, then at a young age was introduced
to a Native American culture and learned all about
the medicine wheel, went to gatherings and that.
I started reading more about the different teachings
of Native Americans, how they look to animals
for lessons in life. They saw that the Great Spirit
was in everything, in the oceans, the lakes, the
rivers, the earth, even in the people, so I guess
where I find my spirituality is in the earth and
in other people, and in the animals. I think religion
is all about finding a purpose in life to find
true happiness inside. I'm definitely a spiritual
person in terms of seeking out happiness and finding
it in all things.
What's your favorite song to dance to?
NG: Oh, pretty much anything booty bumping, get
on the floor, get it get it. No, just kidding,
I'll dance to anything, whatever makes me move.
Are there any photographers who have influenced
NG: Of course. My biggest influence is probably
Dan Jenkins, because I was in front of the lens
with Dan for a while. He is just cool man, he
knows a lot about photography and had no problems
telling me what was up. Jon Steele definitely
too, he's been a good friend of mine for a while
and is really supportive. I like a lot of the
artsy photographers, a lot of my peers. I just
love people that make you see images or life from
a totally different perspective. I like people
who shoot other people. It's always inspiring
when people can capture emotion. You know the
old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand
words, a good photographer can capture all those
things that you couldn't find to say and that
you just kind of feel. So any photographer that
can do that is definitely influential to me.
Film or digital?
NG: Film. Absolutely, film is still number one
in my heart.
What's your favorite picture you've taken?
NG: Oh, I have so many. I love my water shots.
I have this one of morning glass at state park,
where the lip is coming up and it's like anticipation.
It's just perfection, that morning light and sheet
glass. It invokes a need to go surfing.
out some photos by Nicole
Do you know how many car accidents in Canada are
caused by a moose?
N: I have no idea and I've never thought about
NG: Oh, that's not too bad.
If you could meet anyone past present or future,
who would it be?
NG: It would have been pretty cool to sit and
talk with Charles Darwin, or Socrates.
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