Making the Scene is a series of lunchtime and afternoon talks taking place as part of PhotoIreland 2014 at Gallery of Photography in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar between July 9th and 11th that is being coordinated by Totally Dublin contributor Jocelyn Murray Boyne with Creative Director Darragh Shanahan.
Some of the country’s leading photographers and stylists will discuss their work, processes, inspirations and experiences of working in the fashion industry in the form of an interview and presentation in the Gallery of Photography’s first floor exhibition space. This is an opportunity to celebrate their work and learn about the climate for working professionals in Ireland as well as the outlets available here for showcasing work.
Full details of the event are found on the event page on Facebook.
Friday 11th July 1pm
For a brief period this summer Conor Clinch had to take a break from his blossoming career as a fashion photographer to sit his Leaving Cert exams. No doubt it’s difficult to focus on English Paper Two in the wake of his experience as Rankin’s protégée on The Ones To Watch show which was broadcast on Sky One in May.
The show charts Conor’s progress from being hand picked by Rankin to learning from him in one-on-one lessons, undertaking challenges such as photographing English rapper Example under significant time pressure, and finally to the unveiling of his exhibition Fresh in London and first shoot for Hunger Magazine.
Conor’s aesthetic is clean and polished and already very distinctive. At only 18 his work has been featured in publications including The Irish Times, Image Magazine, Hot Press, Tatler, Fucking Young, Coitus, Vanity Teen, Totally Dublin and Vogue.com. To date he has photographed at several London Fashion Weeks, only missing June’s Menswear Fashion Week due to exams. He has even been interviewed on the Late Late Show!
Conor’s inspiration for his work is strongly influenced by his experiences of growing up in Dublin’s Northside. Fresh, which he plans to bring to Dublin this summer, comprises his series based on lad culture. At a young age he has already gained insight into the organic process of inspiration. Through his photographic work he has discovered another side of Dublin, new groups of people in the art world that have given him the perspective he needed to draw inspiration from the area in which he grew up.
Friday July 11th 2pm
As a key contributor to Dublin’s creative community, Aisling brings her understated and confident aesthetic to all her projects both creative and commercial. With a master’s degree in Film Studies she is self-taught in fashion and styling. The nature of her work is varied. Not only does she work as a freelance fashion stylist but she is also a creative director, consultant and producer of an array of projects both Irish and international.
Aisling co-founded the Loft Market, a fashion and jewellery boutique and collective enterprise that provides a quality space for young designers to sell and showcase their work. She was also a partner at Circus-Store Boutique from 2007 to 2010.
Currently based in South Studios, Dublin her work regularly brings her to the fashion capitals of London and New York. She is also editor and co-creative director of Thread magazine. Containing interviews with both artists and designers, it is an acclaimed platform that has featured the work of both young and practised fashion photographers such as Andrew Nuding, Andreas Pettersson, Linda Brownlee, Rich Gilligan and Sean & Yvette as well as Irish designers Simone Rocha, Danielle Romeril and Alison Conneely to name but a few. Thread is known for displaying the range of creative talent that Ireland has to offer in a very understated, considered, and sophisticated way. Overall Aisling provides delightfully refreshing take on high fashion and styling in Ireland.
Thursday July 10th 1pm
Born in inner city Dublin Barry McCall became interested in photography after seeing a documentary on David Bailey entitled Me and My Camera and his enthusiasm and talent grew from there. Having studied at IADT, Dun Laoghaire he is now one of Ireland’s leading international photographers. Working from his studio in Bond Street, Barry specialises in fashion photography, advertising, beauty and portraiture.
For over 20 years he has worked with a wide range of international clients including Sony, Adidas, Universal Music, L’Oreal and Chanel. He has also photographed many influential figures in the creative world such as Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, U2 and Gabriel Byrne.
His book entitled Pho20graphy is a 20 year retrospective of this work with all the proceeds going to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. His impressive body of philanthropic work extends to projects with the ISPCA.
Fashion photography has been a long-term passion and source of inspiration and his distinctive style contains a painterly quality: “Fashion, old movies and classic art continue to be an inspiration in all my work, whether it’s fashion, advertising, beauty or portraiture, bringing a classic and timeless touch to contemporary photography”.
Barry’s portfolio of fashion photography is extensive and internationally acclaimed. His images have appeared in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Rolling Stone and feature some of the fashion industry’s most high profile supermodels including Sophie Dahl, Yasmin Le Bon, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer.
Wednesday July 9th 1pm
The eagle-eyed among you will remember Sarah from the Garb pages in last month’s issue of Totally Dublin. Sarah will take part in this series of talks to give us a more in depth and interactive insight into her work and creative processes as a photographer based in Dublin. Her fashion photography has been published at home and internationally in publications such as Fiasco Magazine, Image, Tatler, The Gloss, Hunger TV and Vogue.com among others. Some of her clients include Brown Thomas, Max Factor, Urban Outfitters, Sony Music and Arnotts.
Sarah earned her BA in Photography at the University of the Arts, London. This she describes as a very special time period that allowed her to delve “deep into the medium”. She was originally drawn to fashion photography through her interest in people, their style and self-expression through dress: “For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by people so I guess that’s what led me to it. And you can get things exactly as you want them. That’s not so easy in life! I get so much joy from it. Fashion is a big part of what I do but it’s style that keeps me interested”.
Wednesday July 9th 2pm
Freelance fashion photographer Johnny McMillan specialises in both studio and location based editorial and portrait work. Based in his studio in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square he has an extensive Irish and international client base including Indigo & Cloth, Image Magazine, U Magazine, Tatler and designers such as Eilis Boyle, Emma Manley and milliner Laura Kinsella among others.
After earning his BA in Fine Art Printing at the National College of Art and Design Johnny developed an interest in photography which he then began to teach himself. He went on to complete a Master’s in Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion and spent time living in London working as first assistant to photographers Greta Ilieva and Mark Kean.
For Johnny fashion is an opportunity to explore the concept of identity and self-expression. “Fashion has the ability to speak about an individual’s choice, showing us how someone wants to be seen. What I am doing is observing this process of identity. My love of photography comes from looking at these people and I do this through the camera’s eye”.
Ruth Anna Coss
Thursday July 10th 2pm
Originally from County Down, Ruth is currently living and working in Dublin as a stylist. With a degree in printed textiles in NCAD under her belt she began working in the high-end store Envoy of Belfast as an assistant buyer where she gained experience working with brands such as Dries Van Noten and Paul Harnden. Aspects of the job including buying trips to Paris and attending the runway shows of London and Paris meant that she gained valuable insight into the fashion industry and learned on her feet.
Ruth began work as a stylist about two years ago after styling a shoot for photographer Johnny McMillan and it has steadily developed into her full time job. She now has a wide client base for both commercial and editorial work including Thread Magazine, BT2 and our own pages in Totally Dublin. She is also a regular contributor to Image, Cara and Bash magazines and has styled the lookbooks for designers such as Mary Callan, Laura Kinsella and Lisa Shawgi.
Photographers that she often works with include Sean Jackson, Johnny McMillan, Philip White and Conor Clinch with whom she worked on the Heathers album cover and US press release photos. The wide variety of clients and projects that come with working as a stylist is what Ruth loves most about her job. “I feel very fortunate to have a job that I truly enjoy, that allows me to collaborate and work with other creative people, that from one day to the next is never the same”.
Making the Scene takes place between July 9th and 11th at Gallery of Photography. For the full schedule visit www.galleryofphotography.com. Entrace fee for the event is €5 or €2 for Gallery members.