GARY HEERY

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Pho­tog­ra­pher Gary Heery has ex­ten­sively chron­i­cled peo­ple and na­ture in his work. Most re­cently he lent his images of birds and flow­ers to Ro­mance Was Born’s Queen of the Night col­lec­tion. AP & LS: “When work­ing with you, we have no­ticed that you are very quick once you are be­hind the lens. When do you know that you have the shot?” GH: “Yes, I shoot very quickly as I am try­ing to tap into my gut in­stinct about what’s in front of me and cap­ture that real and re­veal­ing mo­ment. My ca­reer has been cen­tred on por­trai­ture and I have had a lot of dif­fi­cult and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple in front of my lens. The game has al­ways been to try and get rid of them think­ing too much about what they’re do­ing, to clear the mind to give it up and peel back the lay­ers. I use many tech­niques in this process and I sup­pose be­ing quick is one of them. I need to get a re­ac­tion and will do al­most any­thing to pro­voke one.

“In the case of work­ing with you both in fash­ion, the whole process is made eas­ier by hav­ing a model. Most of the hard work has been done in hair and make-up and styling be­fore they hit the cam­era. I just stand back and get a frame that will work and let it hap­pen. I don’t over di­rect; just tweak what is work­ing. I am prob­a­bly quick be­cause I have done my home­work. I spend a lot of time in pre-pro­duc­tion and think­ing about what I want to achieve.”

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