Learning to find inspiration in the dysfunctional.
Question: Who are you?
Copeland: My name is Sebastian Copeland. I’m a photographer, lecturer, and an environmental advocate.
Question: Why did growing up in Britain and France teach you to “find inspiration in dysfunction?”
Copeland: Well I mean I was jokingly referring to the age-old conflict between England and France. And my parents decided to challenge that tradition and were not very successful at it. So I was . . . My mother is British, and my father is French. They separated fairly early, but luckily they have remained friends. It was dysfunctional at first. It’s challenging at times for a child, I think, to be bicultural. But it paid off in spades later on in life, so it has given me some tools to deal with a variety and discrepancies between cultures. And as it is now I consider myself to be tri-cultural, because I’ve lived in America for . . . in excess of 25 years I think. Yeah 25 years. So just . . . I think it’s great to be able to . . . First of all I’m bilingual and that helps; and then tri-cultural in the sense that I can navigate between these different countries and feel either not completely at home, but certainly not completely foreign either. My father is a classical conductor, and there is a long family lineage in that discipline. My great uncle was a very famous pianist who was ____________ favorite pianist. And so I was brought up in environmental classical music, which translated later on in jazz; and then of course in my rebellious stage, that translated not surprisingly, I suppose, in punk rock. So I had a sort of fairly broad range of musical exposure. And to this day I consider music to come in two genres, and that is good and bad.