I had seen her many times and had even photographed her once or twice but could just never figure out a way to have a conversation without interrupting her performance until I saw her getting ready for work.
She told me how she started out being a ‘human statue’, about the physical toll it takes on you, the history of the idea, the challenges windy days present, her disintegrating and ever-changing outfit, and about her favorite audiences.
“Kids are really fun. Half the time they would ask their parents for a dollar, but then they would be terrified to put the money in the box. So usually someone else from the audience—someone completely unrelated—would say, ‘Do you want to go up with me, because I’m scared, too. Maybe you can help me.’ Then they would come up with the little kid. When I start moving, the kid would either laugh, or give me this look, or would start crying really loud.”
“I’ve seen you do things just for kids. Sometimes you even interact with them.”
“Yes, I do. Sometimes I would give them a high five. But one time there was this little girl. It was a slow day, and I think her mom was waiting for somebody to come out of a shop. They gave me dollar after dollar after dollar. And I had to figure out what to do because I was running out of moves. Eventually the little girl started to copy everything I would do. She had a skirt and if I did a skirt scene, she would do a skirt scene. At the end I did something I had never done before. You can’t do things like that to little kids if the kid is scared of you. It can really traumatize them. But she wasn’t scared; she was really enjoying it. So I got down off my pedestal and picked her up and put her up on the pedestal. Then I took a dollar out of my box and put it back in, and she did one of her little moves. It was very fun.
You actually learn a lot about psychology when you are doing this sort of thing. I always tell my friends that if you turn yourself into an object, people treat you like one, and some people treat their objects better than others. Usually teenagers are more prone to not taking good care of their possessions. They tend to be the worst, and they are most likely to poke or prod you, try to snap fingers at your face, try to get a reaction out of you. That’s basically what teenagers do: they spend their lives trying to get a reaction out of people or show their friends that they are really cool. When that happens, I scare the crap out of them and they usually run away. That’s by far the most effective defense technique that I’ve found.”
"You want to take my picture? Sure. In Indonesia I was a model for 15 years."
"But I was also a psychologist."
"Oh, wow! It must’ve been difficult to balance the two."
"It’s all about discipline. Now I am a Member of Parliament. I am spending the week in New York working with the World Health Organization on a medical bill."
*Taken in Harvard Square. And I got her number. How do you like them apples?
The whole point is that in London, the way people are, they’re just very insular and no one ever looks at each other. You don’t look at each other on the subway. You literally step over people with their hands in the air every day asking for money. There’s this thing of you can live in a city and be completely alone, not notice anything going on around you. - Simon Pegg
if i lay here
if i just lay here
do u think i’d still pass all of my classes