PERDIZ #3 contributors: Tom Medwell

1. Who are you and what do you do?
Hello! My name is Tom Medwell, and I take pictures.


Photo by Judy Nadel

2. What have you done for PERDIZ?
In the last issue, I took some pictures of an interesting gentleman and his plastic ladyfriends.

3. When did you wake up today? What did you have for breakfast?
Today I woke up at 8:30am, which is early for me but there were builders coming. For breakfast I had a sandwich of toasted brown bread, a little salted butter, some blue cheese, sliced cucumber and tomato, and a little jalapeño sauce.

4. What makes you happy in your day to day life?
My work makes me very happy; I have found no satisfaction like that when I get a picture just right. It contrasts with my main hobby which is baking – one happens in fractions of a second, the other takes hours.

5. Do you remember the last time something made you laugh and what it was?
I laugh a lot, often at things I shouldn’t. It can be recognising someone’s bad mood from how they walk up stairs to noticing the faces of people in the background of my photos. Last night I laughed when I realised that tomato beer would be disgusting without the lime and spice.

6. Is there something you’ve changed recently and that has made your life better?
I always like meeting new people – living in London it becomes a state of being, and it amazes me what people are capable of, in words and action, things I would never think of. For myself, I have recently rediscovered my love of writing poetry – not that it is of great quality, but enjoying it for the action of doing it has inspired other areas of my life.

7. Can you recommend us somewhere in your city that makes you feel well?
I think everyone who visits London must spend some time on Hampstead Heath. I have never found anywhere else like it in the world, this big slice of wilderness in the heart of the city.

8. And a song that puts a bounce in your step?
Recently the song “My Purple Past” by Deerhoof has been on repeat in my ears.

9. And a food that makes your stomach happy?
It has to be pizza, all home-made, with capers, black olives, sliced scotch bonnet and fresh basil.

10. What was the last piece of good news you remember reading?
I read some transfer gossip that said Arsenal are hoping to sign a very good young German footballer called Draxler, and that made me happy – it’s exciting times to be an Arsenal supporter!

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