Paul Rankin has recently been campaigning to ‘Bring back lunch’ and never one to ignore any plea to do with food – we booked into Mr Rankin’s super cool restaurant Cayenne for a mouth-wateringly gorgeous lunch and some very good conversation with Elaine Hill, David Fitzgerald and Ruairi Drayne. Three super-talented photographers with three very different styles and it was fascinating to hear about their passion for their craft.
We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch and then I set the guys a challenge – to take a portrait of each other – but in their own personal style. The results were fantastic (see the gallery below). Not only did we cause a bit of a flurry with the clientele enjoying their lunch in Cayenne but we also caused a bit of a stir in Bradbury Place as traffic and passers-by wondered what an earth we were up to!
Photo caption: Sugahfix Ed Katrina and photographer Ruairi Drayne at Cayenne. Photo by Elaine Hill.
Click on the first image to start the gallery
Katrina. What do you think of the work available for photographers now in Belfast?
David. I get a lot of work doing PR photo opportunities and they’re good craic to do and it’s good, regular work. I love doing all the press stuff for the Belfast Telegraph and have got loads of exclusives where I was the only photographer allowed to take shots – like Misha Barton when she did the film premier for Closing of the Ring. There’s loads of work out there and it’s brilliant for people like us who are starting out and getting tons of opportunities.
Elaine. It seems to be getting busier and busier. Being a girl is definitely an advantage – particularly when doing socials for the Ulster Tatler – and there are so many events on, literally every night of the week – there is plenty of work so that’s brilliant.
Ruairi. My thing is live music and capturing the energy at a club so things like Belsonic are fantastic and all the gigs at St.George’s Market are brilliant. The club scene in Belfast has always been excellent but we’re getting more and more top name DJ’s coming over to places like Stiff Kitten.
Katrina. In an ideal world – if you could photograph anyone who would it be and why?
Elaine. Robert Downey Junior – he’s a real character and he face really tells a story – he has so many facial expressions – and he’s quite easy on the eye!
David. Jayne Wisener – she’s amazing. Of all the famous people I have photographed she is the one I’d love to do a photo shoot with. It’s her eyes – she nearly looks like an alien – but a really beautiful alien.
Ruairi. Kate Moss. She is the ultimate supermodel and seems to get even sexier as she gets older – the recent shots of her in The Sunday Times Style magazine for her range at Top Shop were incredible.