1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jen Osborne and I am a Canadian photographer living in Berlin. I like to reveal the secrets behind special, or interesting people. Sometimes these are people who other people wouldn’t normally pay attention to. I often speak about escapism – there are many things that fall into that category and I have approached the theme in various ways.
2. What have you done for PERDIZ?
I contributed a series of photographs that I originally created for COLORS Magazine to Perdiz #3. I had the pleasure of photographing llamas who work as therapy animals, in Bellingham, Washington. These animals train from a very young age to enter hospitals and elderly care facilities where they make dying people feel happier to enjoy their last moments, in the presence of their strange and fury bodies!
3. When did you wake up today? What did you have for breakfast?
I have been waking up slightly earlier than normal (for Berlin time!) because I am babysitting a small rescue dog from Spain! He wakes me up around 8am to do his morning business, and I usually eat as fast as possible in his presence so I have time to get all of my work done for the day! Today I ate Schweizer brot, which is a very delicious Swiss bread. I buy it at the organic shop and it is made out of non-bleached white flour! I like to put Harzer cheese on it, which is a low fat, high protein cheese with a clear, jelly-like appearance. It goes well with blueberry jam and butter.
4. What makes you happy in your day to day life?
Good people, exploring, artistic challenges, eating, animals, my boyfriend and walking. I can’t have a good day without a good, long walk. I would go crazy without that!
5. Do you remember the last time something made you laugh and what it was?
I laugh a lot. Sometimes other people don’t think what I am laughing at is very funny, haha. I guess my part-time dog’s low growl made me laugh today, because he is so small, it sounds strange when such a big and ferocious sound comes out of him!
6. Is there something you’ve begun recently that has made your life better?
I am trying to learn German. I have lived in Berlin for nearly 3 years, but I never tried to learn this language, out of intimidation mainly, during the first year and half or nearly 2 years of being here. Finally, I got some courage together and started taking basic classes. I still talk like a 2 year old child in German, but it makes such a huge difference in the way people recieve me here. Simple things, like ordering at a restaurant in German, make the people more interested in speaking with me. I suppose it makes me feel closer to the culture, or more accepted here. Hopefully in a year or two, I will be writing this interview in German!
7. Can you recommend us somewhere in your city that makes you feel well?
I have a secret garden. It is not hard to find, but still it is a secret. I can give you one clue: It is in the oldest part of Berlin, in a place that feels like a village, even though it’s within Berlin’s city limits.
8. And a song that puts a bounce in your step?
“Blue Flowers” by Kool Keith! There are many remixes of this song, but the original is the best.
9. And a food that makes your stomach happy?
10. What was the last piece of good news you remember reading?
I saw this crazy footage of a car crash incident in America. The car spun out of control and ran over a young boy. Viewers could see the car wheel going over the child. But the boy survived and later there appeared footage of him standing and laughing in a hospital. How incredible is that?