Inspire Me: Damian McGillicuddy
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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!
Who is the photographer that you most admire, and why?
Bob Carlos Clarke. I love the way his images ooze sensuality.
Which photograph do you most wish you'd taken?
I’d loved to have shot portraits of Muhammad Ali or Jo Frazier.
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.