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Garry Loughlin was born in Mullingar in 1980. In 2008 he graduated from Dún Laoighaire IADT with a BA in Photography, he then went on to hone his technical skills with architectural photographer Donal Murphy.
Garry has exhibited in a selection of group shows in Ireland and the UK and in 2013 he had his first solo show ‘A Farewell to Arms’. In 2014 Garry self-published his first book ‘Between Spaces.’
-How did you first become interested in photography?
As a child I always enjoyed flicking through my parent’s old photos, but was never a snapper myself. Whilst studying engineering, a former house mate introduced me to photography as an art form and I grew an interest from there.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?
A prime lens, usually 50mm or 40mm, unless it’s studio-based work I like to keep it light.
-Which words best describe your style of photography?
-For your project and photo book ‘Between Spaces’ you cycled across America. Where did the idea for this work come from?
I wanted to give my personal portfolio a boost. Having already being a keen cyclist, I was inspired by the discipline of a friend who cycled from India to Dublin. I wanted to apply that same kind of discipline to my work, so I decided strip my life down to a bicycle, camera, laptop and camping equipment for half a year and hopefully make it across America with a body of work I would be happy to show.
-How did the act of cycling through the landscape influence the way you photograph?
It definitely made me more aware of the landscape around me, and the subtle changes as I passed through. Although, for me, it had a larger influence on how I shot portraits than landscapes. It gave me more opportunities to stop and talk to people, or for people to stop me and ask what I was doing or where I was going. I got a sense that people saw me as less of a threat because I was on a bicycle, which allowed for more open and honest portraits.
-The printing of your book was as a result of a successful ‘Fund it’ campaign. What advice would you give to someone that is thinking of doing the same?
Crowd funding is a great resource. I would advise anyone struggling to fund a project to look into crowd funding. There are a lot of generous people out there who want to see creative projects get off the ground. I am grateful for everyone who believed that my book was worth funding, without them it would still just sitting on a dusty hard drive.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I work with Photoshop and Lightroom. I start of with a rough rating, followed by few quick universal adjustments and then another round of rating and some more adjustments. It’s like sifting for gold.
-What is your dream project?
The next one.
-Is there a philosophy or theme that runs throughout all of your photography?
Everyday lives and identity, as well as the beauty in the banal seem to be themes my work touches upon.
-What inspires you?
People and the stories they are willing to share. Photography almost seems like an excuse to enter myself into people’s lives.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
“Go out and do it. Nothing ventured nothing gained”.