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Spotlight On… DF Photography

In our ‘Spotlight On’ series, we’re showcasing the many things Woodingdean has to offer, through profiles of local business owners. 

This week, we talk to Danny Fitzpatrick, a Woodingdean based photographer with over 15 years experience.  

 


In our ‘Spotlight On’ series, we’re showcasing the many things Woodingdean has to offer, through profiles of local business owners. 
This week, we’re featuring Danny Fitzpatrick, a Woodingdean based photographer with over 15 years experience. http://dfphotography.co.uk
                                                                   Danny Fitzpatrick
I first picked up a camera at the age of 18. I discovered that I couldn’t draw well enough for art A-Level so I went looking for an alternative. We had a great dark room at school and after a bit of pestering I convinced a classmate to show me the ropes. I haven’t looked back since. Photography has changed a lot since then. At college we almost always shot on film; there was just one very expensive digital camera which people were scared to touch! It’s amazing how much things have moved on. There are lots of benefits to digital photography, but film definitely requires the most skill.
I’d rather take photos of dancers than David Cameron – and I’ve done both! Things like corporate and PR photography are a great way to earn money and I’m grateful for all the business I get, but my real interest lies in dance and performance sport photography. Motion makes for fantastic photos, and I get a real buzz from capturing exciting movement and positions. I’ve worked at big dance competitions like the XXL Street Dance Championships. If I had to give a budding photographer advice, it would be to specialise early and carve your own niche. Then to just keep going! Photography can be a hard industry to get into, but it’s well worth pursuing.
                                                             The Powder Paint series
 
Good photography is a lot about ideas. My favourite photos are the ones I took of performers in an explosion of powder paint. That was a project which I created from scratch to include in my portfolio. I love the creative process of coming up with a good idea, planning its execution and then actually taking the photo. Those sorts of projects really allow you to show your individuality and creativity – they get you noticed, and persuade people that you’re the best person to take their photos, whether it’s for portraits, performers’ headshots or weddings.
The best thing about my job is that it’s always different; I get to see places and meet people that I would never normally be able to; for example, I have worked at Buckingham Palace several times and have photographed Prime ministers in their Parliamentary and Downing Street Offices. I also find myself doing things I never expected! A couple of days ago I was at Beachy Head, clambering over rocks at low tide with all my equipment to reach the lighthouse for a shoot for the British Mint. It’s this variety that makes photography such an interesting profession. On the flipside, the hard part is the same as any other small business – having to manage accounts, coding my website, admin. Being your own boss basically! The editing process can also take a lot of time – for every hour I spend behind the camera, I match it in the studio.
I’m on the lookout for new models! I have two projects in the pipeline, an exhibition of portraits and profiles of WWI veterans in time for the 70th VE Day anniversary next year, and a series called ‘Body Beautiful’, featuring nude photos of normal people who are 100% confident and happy with their bodies the way they are. I’m looking for people to take part in either project, so please get in touch if you’re interested!
To find out more about Danny and view his incredible portfolio, visit his website http://dfphotography.co.uk , or email him at: danny@dfphotography.co.uk
 
For more information about local businesses and what’s on in Woodingdean, head to www.woodingdeaninbusiness.co.uk

Danny spoke to Claire Huxley

You can read the other Spotlights here

 

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