This week we’re saying hi to my first interview with a traveling photographer, Paul Doherty!
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
It just came to me in a dream one night.. That and the fact that it’s my name!
3. What more can you tell us about your photography? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I’m primarily a wedding photographer and I initally set out to provide a really high standard of wedding photography in Ireland when I started full time in 2009, since then I’ve won Irish photographer of the year, been placed in the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by the world wedding photographers network and was a finalist (final 12) / Regional winner in the masters of photography world wide wedding album of the year award in 2013. Since then I’ve gone on to shoot weddings in Canada, Paris, London and Spain.
So I feel I’ve got my photography on the right track so now I’m trying to improve the entire consumer experience when it comes to weddings.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
This was taken in Iceland in February 2012, one of my favourite photos to date. I arrived at the glacier on the south coast of Iceland and drove off road for a few miles over rock and gravel until we could go no further. Then we walked for about 1-2 miles to the foot of the glacier, this is where the fun starts. At the bottom of a glacier it can be windy, noisey; with loud crashes of ice falling somewhere within, and dangerous. I ventured in to a large cave carrying my camera and tripod equipped with my hard hat incase tons of ice were to fall on me! As I photographed the magic of the smooth glacier ice I found my self going deeper and deeper into the glacier until I get in so deep my tripod won’t stand as there wasn’t enough room and I was crawling but I could see a light, a tremendous beautiful blue light in the distance, the closer I got the more beautiful it got (photo at the top of the page). When I reached the point where I took the photo I was laying flat on my chest resting the camera on a rock and took 5 photos while in total awe but it was then that I heard a loud crash further up the glacier and it was the harsh reality that I was below 40ft of ice that could crash down on me at any second that I quickly got up and crawled my way out again unharmed! I sat for a moment comparing this light to the aurora we had seen just 12 hours earlier, it was just one of those times where you couldn’t wait to get back to see it on a computer screen!
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
Favourite has to be Girona, two hours outside of Barcelona. This city has an old town and it is one of the most magical places I have ever been. Full of little narrow side streets, steps, outdoor coffee shops, restaurants under really old arches all along a river, hands down my favourite city I’ve been to!
Least favourite city is a tough one because sometimes you can have a great experience in a city that might not be the nicest place. The biggest let down was probably Livorno, I went there with my girlfriend after spending a week on the island of Elba (which was amazing by the way!) and although there were one or two cool restaurants the overall city looked dirty and very busy.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
Oh I’m the one who likes to eat the weirdest thing on the menu so this is pretty hard! I’ve ate a fillet of horse in Italy, a hare salad in Austria, frogs legs in France, buffalo in Canada, Whale in Iceland and kangaroo to name a few! My favourite was probably the hare salad, absolutely delicious!
7. Who are your travel idols?
I wouldn’t say I have any specific people who I adore but those people who can get up and go away for a few months at a time, work on a project and enjoy the culture are the people I look up to when it comes to travel. Personally I can’t really go anywhere for longer than 2 weeks but I can live with that!
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Be carefree of where you go and you will end up getting the best deal and probably having a better time than you would on a well organised trip! When I book I check sky scanner from Dublin to anywhere on the dates I have and I choose from there. Hasn’t let me down yet!
9. What advice would you give to someone new to travel photography?
Get out there and do it, look for stories not the perfect landscape… Look at the people, the animals, the culture and explore. I like to rent a vehicle to get around wherever I go so I have the freedom to get up and drive to the beach for sunrise or shoot the northern lights at a glacier in Iceland without having to get a taxi or walk!