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Interview With Rich Gilligan

Interview With Rich Gilligan

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QUESTION-2

Craig Questions - Dublin 2012

For our first web interview, we chatted with Dublin's most prolific and raddest skate photographer, Rich Gilligan about his some of his favorites in skateboarding and what it was like being an outsider in Burnside. Skating since 1989, Rich is very immersed in his subject matter, but also brings a new perspective to skate photography with obvious portrait and documentary influences.

He has recently published his first book, DIY, on guerrilla skateparks and skateboarding's DIY culture. Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out more of his work here.

 

Amongst all of the traveling and shooting, do you still find the time to skate?

Yeah I try to get out for some form of a shred at least once at week but it's easier said than done at times. To be honest I actually tend to skate more when I am out of Dublin these days which is always a fun change. But to answer your question in short yes I do still skate.

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Burnside (Untitled) 2004

What would be you're ideal day of skating be? (street, park, etc... )

I'd be more than happy with some long red painted curbs, a wide mini ramp & all my best friends with Devo playing a personal gig for everyone. In saying that a pre-skate stopped Baggot street session would do the trick either...

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gav coughlan-newest deal-wicklow_1
Gav Coughlan - Bray 2010

Who has influenced you in photography, skate and non-skate-wise?

Skate photography has informed all of my photographic work (personal & commissioned) and vice versa. I always loved when skate photos didn't look like "skate photos" so the work of someone like Robert Frank or Jim Goldberg would have been as much of an influence on me early on as the work of actual skate photographers I looked up to such as Daniel Harold Sturt, Brian Gaberman and Wig Worland.

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night overview
Burnside (Untitiled) 2004

Do you have a favourite skate video or videos?

One of my all time favourite skate videos would be the second Stereo vid from 1996 "Tincan Folklore"

I always loved the Greg Hunt and Ethan Fowlers sections in this and the whole soundtrack was so amazing with all the Tortoise instrumental tracks mixed in with all these weird random clips and super 8 footage. The early Toy Machine videos were a huge influence too - I've always loved anything Ed Templeton related.

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Benny Fairfax - London 2002
Coming from the perspective of a photographer, do skate videos get you more stoked to shoot or to skate?

As a teenager I was totally obsessed with skate videos - when Alien Workshop - "Photosynthesis" came out I was so into it that I would get up a half hour earlier than school just to watch it. There were also certain videos that you would watch just to get you psyched up to go skate, especially if you wanted to try something scary. The first ZERO vid "Thrill of it all" was good for that. Weird pre-visualisation stuff where you would convince yourself you could do the same tricks or shoot the same kind of photos as your favourite skaters at that time. True skate nerd stuff.

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Burnside (Untitled) 2004

Is there any skater or any place in particular that you still want / need to shoot?

I've never spent more than a few rainy days in San Francisco so I'd love to get a chance to really experience that city properly. In terms of a skaters I'd love to shoot with the list is pretty long but I suppose getting to shoot something with Mark Gonzales would be nice.

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masked germ and dread
Burnside (Untitled) 2004

I've heard that Burnside is a notoriously rough place, what was it like shooting there? Were you accepted by the locals?

Burnside was really sketchy but I was grand when I was there because I actually skated the place and got to know people before I began my project. Once the locals knew I wasn't a kook just looking for some story about their sub-culture they were cool and I genuinely landed on my feet from day one there. Of course you would witness some really dodgy situations and character's on a daily basis but I just kind of buzzed off that and got on with it. I'd love to go back soon...

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paul mckeane tramore_1
Paul McKeane - Tramore 2002

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