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Neil Gavin

Candy Magazine

one of your current projects focuses on irish creative talent in london. is the location of the portraits a collaborative decision or do you let your sitter's personality dictate their surroundings? has anyone ever suggested a set up that makes your heart heavy but you go along with it knowing that its your turn next ?

This is one of the first personal projects I’ve undertaken as a professional photographer. Until recently I had always worked on photographs specific to furthering my portfolio. I wanted to work on a self-generated project not initiated by commercial work. Two years ago, I bought a large format 5x4inch camera after seeing an exhibition photograph by Alec Soth. It was a huge print entitled “Melissa, Canada, Flamingo Inn” from his “Niagara” project. I was really inspired by his 10x8 inch large format portrait work. With my project the goal is to document these people as they become more established in their chosen fields and also to help them promote their work as Irish artists at home in Ireland and Irish arts abroad. I have been photographing these people away from their usual environments. So many subjects today seem over photographed and disposable but the large format camera is more calculated and formal.   I don’t want to photograph a painter in his studio holding his brushes. I am trying to make the portraits a collaboration – an agreement. I’m going to continue working on this project with Irish artists in other countries. I don’t think anybody has suggested a set up to me I didn’t like. I think they trust me and go with what I choose. However, this is something that happens frequently when working with clients but you can usually try out their ideas, show them a Polaroid, then try your own idea and find it works better.

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