10 Questions from photographers to photographers. This time with Ireland based David Doyle. Check out what he has to say and some of his great images.
1 – Tell us about yourself
My name is David, I am 27 from Dublin. I have been shooting gigs all over Ireland for the past 7 years. I started photography originally as a hobby that I was very lucky to turn into a full time career that seen me travel to many different places and work with some huge artists over the past 7 years.
2 – Where did your journey with gig photography start?
My Journey with gig photography started in January 2011, I photographed a Thin Lizzy tribute band in a rock bar in Dublin City. Around month or so after that I was asked to photograph a student night in The Button Factory. This gig was headlined by Irish band Republic Of Loose, on the night I got talking to the event organiser who mentioned another show the following week that was headlined by The Coronas in the same venue. This show then opened a few doors for me to gain experience, 2 months later I was working for a band called The Saw Doctors in one of Ireland’s most famous venue The Olympia Theatre. Over the past 7 years the Olympia Theatre, 3Arena, The Academy all became like a second home for me.
3 – In a world of ever changing technology, do you think it is important that gig photographers still shoot gigs?
Yes I believe shooting gigs is very important I believe it’s a great experience, going to gigs as a paying customer is a different feeling than been in the pit and catching moments on camera than you can look back on. I also believe it is great for photographers to shoot different gigs in different venues that can give them new challenges and build friendships from fellow photographers and venue staff and artist’s management, sometimes the right people can see your shots and can lead to future work.
4 – How long have you been shooting gigs and what has it been like?
I have been shooting gigs for 7 years now, I always find it hard to experience what this experience feels like, I think the best way to explain it is surreal, I love the gig night feeling walking into an arena full of people and been able to photograph a band that give it all on stage. I have been very lucky over the years working with certain bands and been able to shoot the band from on the stage. That crazy feeling over photographing a band and seen thousands of people enjoying their night and been able to capture them moments.
5 – What would be your dream gig and why?
Oh easy question rock Legends Kiss, I seem his band many years ago and I have always said this is one band I would photograph in a heartbeat. One of the best live bands and would be crazy to photograph then
6 – How do you use social media to engage with your audience?
I like to use different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I like to showcase my different work and try get others who are only starting out to engage with my page and build confidence up to show their own work. I like to run competitions the odd time to give something back to people who have supported my work.
7 – What has been the biggest challenge in your gig photography journey?
I think one of them big challenges was my first exhibition in Tower Records as part of the Record Store Day, I showcased over 50 shots. What I didn’t expect was the great reaction I got from it, the exhibition was only meant to last the weekend but the store continued the exhibition for a couple of weeks.
8 – What is your hope for the future?
My hope for the feature is continuing working behind the camera and trying to come up with new creative ideas for my work. I would also like to get back into teaching photography like I have done in the past I find it’s a great experience to help others bring their work to life. I released a 2018 calendar that sold out I would love to do more calendar’s for 2019 and a photography book is something to look into for the near future.
9 – What do you enjoy about gig photography?
One of the most enjoyable things about gig photography is, each gig brings something different some bands have pyro and large walkways that brings u closer to the artist, other artists love the camera and like to give the photographers something fun to capture, from different poses and jumping around on the stage.
10 – If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Right can’t beat a nice random question to finish the interview, I might have to just pick my favourite cereal Weetabix, I guess my cereal choices are the fairly boring party of my life haha.
Check out Davids work at https://www.facebook.com/ddpdotcom