Inspire Me: Damian McGillicuddy

September 26, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 8 Comments | |
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What inspired you to become a photographer?

I was quite young when I went to art school, much younger than everyone else. And was quite socially inept. So even though I was studying fine art I hid away in the under-used dark room and studio. Then something amazing happened and the cool lads that had bands asked me to take their pictures. They were pleased, and my social credibility grew to the point other people were asking for band pictures and by default I became cooler. Then the girls started talking to me and wanted me to shoot them - I was hooked and never looked back.

Can you remember the first picture that you ever took, and why?

Her Majesty the Queen visited my primary school for her silver jubilee and even though I wasn't overly keen on photography the picture that made the front page of the local paper was an image of lots of children waving flags and cheering with one little boy intently focused on taking a picture of her majesty with his mums 126 in his hand. Maybe it was a prophecy of things to come!

Inspire Me: Damian McGillicuddy

Who is the photographer that you most admire, and why?

Bob Carlos Clarke. I love the way his images ooze sensuality.

Inspire Me: Damian McGillicuddy

Which photograph do you most wish you'd taken?

I’d loved to have shot portraits of Muhammad Ali or Jo Frazier.

Inspire Me: Damian McGillicuddy

Which photo / series of photographs are you proudest of, and why?

That's an easy answer, I haven't shot it yet. It's whatever is around the corner, the next job... that keeps me focused and motivated.

Inspire Me: Damian McGillicuddy

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#1 NancyMaria

Beautiful photography.I love it.

11:49 am - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

#2 dave sander

Always inspired by Damien’s work. Fab.

2:58 am - Friday, February 21, 2014

#3 Randhir

I love that last shot. Amazing.

6:59 pm - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#4 Robert Eilers

When I started out I had the same problem. I was socially inept. I still really am. But photography has taught me to focus on people, and sometimes people need direction. Which I can’t do if I don’t open my mouth.

3:24 pm - Monday, May 25, 2015

#5 rizvi

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10:57 am - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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#7 Clipping Path

Incredible Click guys!

2:55 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#8 Peter Bellany

Great job Damian!

10:18 pm - Friday, January 1, 2016