The Belfast Photo Festival was one of our highlights of the summer and with it came stunning photography from a huge range of talented artists. As Sponsor of the event we commissioned our own piece of art from the hugely talented Megan Doherty, a few months on we caught up with her to learn about her inspirations for the show.
Where do you go to for inspiration?
I find inspiration in a variety of art forms; be it, photography, literature, film or music. But above all, my work is driven by the moments that stick with me from my every day experiences – a drunken night with friends, a stranger sat by a café window at night, or even something as simple as how the city lights illuminate someone as they look at you.
When you were commissioned by Alexander Boyd Displays for the Belfast Photo Festival, did you have an idea of what you wanted to do?
I knew I wanted to photograph the people that inspired me, I wanted to create dynamic portraits of them that accentuated their personalities and style.
What was the theme behind your images?
The themes behind my images were a combination of youth, fashion and an exploration of identity.
What did you want the audience to see and feel?
I wanted the audience to be immersed in a world of vibrancy and youth – to get a sense of the people in the photographs and their identities, how they present themselves and how millennials are celebrating and embracing fashion as an art form.
What do you look for in an image that you want to capture?
It depends entirely on the situation, however I tend to look for intimacy, personality and scenes that evoke a particular narrative.
The Belfast Photo Festival was a fantastic opportunity for local artists to have a platform, were there any favourites for you?
I was particularly drawn to the work of Momo Okabe and Juno Calypso, both very different in style, but both capture their own worlds beautifully.
Thank you Megan.
We loved catching up with this talented photographer and discovering the motivations behind the excellent work she produced! We’ll be keeping a look out for her future projects.
For more information on her work visit: http://www.megandoherty.com