MIXED MEDIUM: JACOB SOUSA

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In preparation for his solo show XY, photographer Jacob Sousa talked with OAK’s Miguel Pena about his work, modeling career, embarrassing stories, and Lil’ Bow Wow.

MIGUEL PENA: What was it like growing up in Indiana?
JACOB SOUSA: Even more sheltered than I realized in retrospect.
MP: How does being a model affect your work?
JS: It has changed how I handle the gaze and itemization of myself and others in the images.
MP: Who is your role model?
JS: In my formative, pre-teen years, I wanted to be Lil’ Bow Wow.
MP: Are you a hunter or a gatherer?
JS: I want to say hunter, but definitely a gatherer.
MP: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you in NYC recently?
JS: I stepped over some guys’ pee stream while was facing me and peening in front of my building.
MP: What is your favorite item of clothing you own?
JS: My Speed Racer tee.

MP: You seem to have mostly male subjects in your photography, why is that?
JS: Because I know more about [the male form] than the female, and feel more comfortable [working] with what I know.
MP: What was your first camera?
JS: Growing up, my family had an automatic 35MM that I played with. The first camera that was “mine” was a Fuji F6000fd.
MP: Name your three worst characteristics.
JS: I’m impulsive, I struggle to say “no” and I try to pop people’s blackheads without permission.
MP: Tell me about a really embarrassing moment.
JS: I shit my pants on a car trip with my neighbors when I was five or six.
MP: What did you play with as a child?
JS: Sock-em boppers, K’Nex and Pokemon cards.
MP: How do you feel about Glitter?
JS: Better, since Pride 2011.
MP: What’s your favorite song to sing in the shower?
JS: “Let Me Love You” by Mario, or equally “Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt.

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