This week I took part in an amazing panel discussion on the business of Photography at Santa Monica College. Organized by the venerable Mr. Anthony Nex, along with my co-panelists Shelly Waldman, Katie Cornett and Dennis Dunbar, we covered many topics from what inspires us and what motivates us, to what downright frustrates us.
Freelancing is a roller coaster ride and for me personally, seeing how my fellow professionals deal with the same daily challenges, was enlightening. I hope the students got as much out of it as I did!
We were really just the warm up act for an amazing presentation by Thomas Werner on the business of Fine Art Photography. It’s the second time I’ve got to experience one of Thomas’s in-depth presentations, and all I can say is, if you ever get the chance, jump at it. So much valuable information. What I love most about his lectures is it really feels like you’re back in school, listening to your favorite lecturer tell it like it is! Thanks again Anthony for putting on a great event.
Some outtakes from a travel story in Tahiti for The Guardian Weekend magazine. I even managed to squeeze in an extra surf day on the main island of Tahiti. Totally worth getting dragged over the shallow reef for!
A bit late on posting this one but last summer I was sent to Napa Valley to photograph the iconic vineyards of Sloan Estate, one of the most exclusive hideaways in the famed wine region. It turned out to be a pretty productive one-day shoot and a nice little travel piece. Here’s the tearsheets from Le Pan.
They say everyone in L.A. has an Andy Dick story. This is ours. Der Spiegel contacted over a hundred people in Hollywood accused of some kind of sexual misconduct for a #MeToo story. All declined to comment or even reply, except one, Andy Dick; “Sure, sounds good!” The actor-comedian had recently been fired from two movies for licking and groping on-set. Yet, we found him to be quite unrepentant about it all, apparently it’s just kind of his thing. It was a wild roller coaster ride of an evening for our shoot and interview. Bizarrely, there was even a member of the band Happy Mondays sitting in the corner. As we began to make our exit, Andy decided to go ahead and leave his mark once again….on one of our crew! As was later reported in The Hollywood Reporter. Just another day at the office.
Congrats to Lizette Salas on clinching the winning point for the U.S. at the Solheim Cup this past weekend. What a win! Photographed here for Golf Digest (with a major wind machine assist by her Dad!)
I’m honored my portrait ‘Naughty America’, above, is a winner in Communication Arts 2017 Photography Competition. My third year in a row! The assignment: Naughty America, innovators in Virtual Reality porn. The Client: Forbes. My approach: ‘Office Space’ meets VR naughtiness! With much thanks to an awesome client who gives me enough rope to play creatively, but not quite enough to hang myself. Check out more from this project below and at gallagherphoto.com and get the very latest on instagram.
Client: Wilson Sporting Goods
I’m excited to reveal a sneak peak of my work for Wilson X Connected Football; The world’s first smart football.
In anticipation of the Fall 2016 launch, Wilson is kicking off a Mobile Beta Tour with the first ever public demo in the Bay Area for Super Bowl week. I shot all the key art photography, currently being used online, outdoor and on the back of one badass looking truck! For me it’s the dream campaign; a legacy NFL brand, a Super Bowl launch and gritty black and white photography. Couldn’t be better. Check it out here and there’s more to come. Happy Super Bowl everybody!
The skateboarding legend and Vans Team pro, who’s gaze echo’s a lifetime of Liverpool backstreets and Californian concrete. Shot at Vans HQ in Cypress, California for Forbes. I’ve been subtly playing with animation in portraits, cool for the web I think. The trick is, in my opinion, to find a simple, clean visual in both the portrait and motion elements and then just play from there. Clutter is not your friend.
The is not surfing. This is running, full-sprint, launching into oncoming waves, 360 aerials, tube-riding before landing back on shore, ideally untouched. This is Skimboarding.
I’ve never really known much about skimboarding, but after seeing a couple of guys casually goofing around at the waters edge in Santa Monica, I figured there has to be more to it. So I decided to follow my curiosity about this under the radar sport. I’m always looking for interesting subjects to shoot for personal projects, ideally that have not been covered too much. What I found was not just a great visual feast of a sport, but a whole sub-culture, all focused at one spot, Aliso Beach, just an hour and a half down the 405 in Laguna Beach, California.
Aliso is where skimboarding was invented in the 1920’s and is still generally considered to be the best place in the world to skim. People move here just to build a life around skimboarding and compete against legends. So I set out to capture the character of Skimboard culture and with the portraits a cross-section of the devotees who make Aliso what it is today.
I shot over the summer months of 2015, leading up to the World Tour event at Aliso called The Vic, on the last weekend in August. After a few weeks I got to know who’s who and a great set of characters were becoming apparent thick and fast. I love to shoot portraits of people who are still effectively in their element, maintaining that authenticity and intensity. I want you to be able to almost taste the salt-water just by looking at them.
But no matter how global Skimboarding becomes, Aliso will always be its home, its proving ground, its Bansai Pipeline. For more go to: gallagherphoto.com/galleries/skim