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Inside/Out with Doug MacLellan, photographer and bon vivant
May 22, 2010

Describe yourself in five words?
Tall dark and handsome.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Don't ever listen to my advice.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
When I was in Grade 12 - I entered a Best Body bathing suit contest and had to oil up my body because I didn't actually have any muscles. I didn't even win! The guy who told me to put the oil on won.

What is your most treasured possession?
My safe conduct pass from Chief Chiweshe.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The morning after twelve Castles.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
I'm a photographer!

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don't think I look like I think I look.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Coming to Zimbabwe.

What have you got in your fridge?
A quarter bottle of mazoe, a rotting bunch of vegetables, lemon cream biscuits, 1/3 a jar of mixed fruit jam. And I've got to keep the cockroaches from eating the ends of vegetables. Do you know I have a lizard in my house? I love my lizard.

What is your greatest fear?

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Two flash drives, keys to my guest room, USD 22, and a microfibre cloth.

What is your favourite journey?
I did it twice in the last two days. The drive to Bare on the road to Centenary. The mountains are amazing. It is absolutely stunning.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Bob Geldolf, Bono, Dr Thistle.

When and where were you happiest?
I was really happy last night reading Oscar Wilde, the Picture of Dorian Gray. I read the weirdest things when I come to Africa. It shapes the pictures.

What's your biggest vice?
I'm older now. I don't have vices, I only have erotic thoughts.

What were you like at school?
Non-descript and boring.

What are you doing next?
I'm going to make a very interesting book about hope, faith and tenacity.

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