The Ulys-sea by Louise O'Gorman

Q & A with photographer Louise O’Gorman

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Dublin, but moved to the UK to work when I was 19, I then ended up studying
Photography at the Nottingham Trent University. I’ve not lived in Ireland since, but go back regularly
to visit my family.

When did you first become interested in art?
My love for photography began when I was a kid, I was a member of the camera club in school then
got an SLR camera for my 16 th Birthday, it was the most expensive gift my parents had ever bought
me, and its fair to say, it has been my most valuable gift.

How did you pursue your desire to be a photographic artist?
I started processing films, and printing B&W photographs in the darkroom of my secondary school, this
was eventually followed by an evening course in photography at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin,
way back when they had a small gallery space on the Quays. I eventually did a BA in Photography at
the Nottingham Trent University. This included a semester at the faculty of Belles Artes at the
University of Barcelona, this is where I really discovered and developed the artistic side of my
photography.

What is the artistic lifestyle like? Take us through a typical day.
I don’t have a regular timetable due to variety of work I do. Along with making photographic art, I also
carry out corporate and private commissions, these can involve, head shots for business people, an
event or a wedding.
I recently showed my fine art Photography at the Saatchi ‘Other Art fair’ in London over a 4 day period.
This week I am working from a shared space in the Kunstquartier Bethanien, an amazing old hospital
in Berlin which is now used by creatives. No two days are the same and I love it like that. When I’m
not photographing, I’m either editing photos or creating new images to sell through galleries.

Choose one of your pieces and explain the inspiration behind it.
“Where the Sea comes in” is a limited edition manipulated Photograph, It was taken on the beach in
Fanore, Co. Clare, during a family holiday. I was lucky to catch two brave young boys running into the
water on a brisk summers day, I then paint over the original image using various techniques to achieve
the final effect, in this case, I wanted to emphasise the dull weather and draw attention to the icey cold
water.

What is your favourite place to photograph?
I don’t have a favourite place to photograph, but I am drawn to locations which are decaying or have a
history or and interesting story behind them. My first exhibition was a series of self portraits which I
shot in my bedroom, I still take photos at home. I also love photographing the movement of people
both in the city and the country/seaside. I love travelling with my camera.

Which photographers/artists have most inspired you and why?
I think Vivian Maier has to be one of my favourite photographers, when her work was discovered in
2009, I fell in love with it. Not only did she capture her everyday life so well through her stunning
photographs but her personal story is also intriguing and her self portraits can’t help but resonate with
me.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on an ongoing self portrait series. It is a conceptual project exploring emotions and
using the physical body to illustrate these experiences.

At which location (or who) would you love the opportunity to photograph?
I have been very lucky to have worked for Oxfam and Unicef among other NGO’s and organisations
around the world. I don’t have a favourite location, but sometimes its easy to photograph at home. I
enjoy photographing people in general, whether it be a neighbour or someone famous on the other
side of the globe, we are all unique and we all have our story to tell.

 

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