The Pitch's Questionnaire with photograher Ah-ram Park

The photographer and gallery manager talks about life in KC.

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Name: Ah-ram Park

Occupation: Photographer, gallery manager at Bill Brady/KC

Hometown: Pusan, Korea; and Manhattan, Kansas

Current neighborhood: Valentine

Who or what is your sidekick? My bicycles, definitely

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Barbecue pitmaster or a job that kept me primarily in the mountains. That doesn’t sound so alternative-reality.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Pho KC, the king of broth and noodles

Where do you drink? I enjoy drinking beer at the Dolphin, and the parking lot after mountain biking. Beer tastes better with good people.

What’s your favorite charity? The Charlotte Street Foundation, the KC Free Health Clinic

Favorite place to spend your paycheck:
I think it’s important to invest in your community. Support the artists, the people who grow and make your food, the educators.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Trader Joe’s

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? I like to show off what the creatives and innovators of Kansas City have been making. My guests will see great art, eat proper KC (Pho KC) and drink Boulevard beer.

Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... ” It started to understand the importance of the arts.

“Kansas City screwed up when it ... ” Failed our school system.

“Kansas City needs ... ” An air-conditioning system that keeps the entire city at a cool 82 degrees.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Go to Swope Park to ride the finest of mountain-biking trails.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Hopefully somewhere unexpected and taking lots of pictures.

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: An array of soul, folk and classical. Built to Spill always hits home, though.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? The King of Kong, the classic good vs. evil.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? The Evil Monkey BBQ, in honor of John Puscheck.

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. He would enjoy it so much.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Guy Fieri is hilarious, except when he is being completely serious.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: [Gov. Sam] Brownback makes the great state of Kansas look really bad. 
Ad Astra.

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Self-publishing has really taken off, and it makes me happy. There are so many great self-published photography books out there right now. Also, check out Field Trip Publishing.

Last book you read: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

Favorite day trip: Camping and mountain biking just about anywhere outside.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I thought Kenny G was cool. It never worked.

Describe a recent triumph: I now feel completely comfortable riding bikes in the streets of Kansas City. It is an incredible feeling to know the intricacies of a city while on a bike.

See Ah-ram Park’s work at ahrampark.com.

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