Would you mind introducing yourself? Hey all, my names Dillon. I’m a creative based in Seattle, Washington. During the week I work in commercial architecture and all the time in between I take photos.
Dillon’s Instagram - @dillongogarty
How would you describe your style of photography? Simple, complex, dark, and light. Contradictory.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? My last year of graduate school my class took a trip to the Netherlands for an architectural study program. Each year our class took study tours to Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago but this was going to be the biggest and longest trip yet. I’d always shoot photos on my phone, and I loved to capture experiences and scapes then too, but I figured this trip would be the one to properly capture and I should pick up a DSLR. My project partner and I chose infrastructural advertising for our focus and this forced us to look at the lesser noticed things. I took an incredible amount of photographs for the course and for me too.
None of us were in any way photographically talented, but the collective of us noobs helped us grow faster. We’d share settings, angles and ideas everyplace we went. Anyways, long story short, I fell in love with taking photos in the Netherlands in the spring of 0’16.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? This is easy, and sort of relates to both. I was working on a book for one of my graduate projects and had recently reconnected with an old friend from high school. We had a long history in high school but kinda had a 5-year hiatus after graduation.
She modelled a little and I wanted to incorporate some portraits into the main chapter spreads. The first location was set at Bowl & Pitcher Park near the Spokane River. She was standing on the wooden bridge over the river and I was in a photographers crouch on the end. I just remember snapping away while she modelled and thinking these images were coming out amazing, but then, she turned and stared right into the camera and it’s like she spoke to me through her eyes. I didn’t click the shutter and I vividly remember my heart skipping a beat. It was crazy. Anyways, after that, we fell in love and have been dating ever since.
What inspires your photography? My photography is mostly inspired by other things I’m interested in: architecture, minimalism, and hiking to name a few.
What kind of camera do you use? One of the cheapest canons you can buy.
What's your editing process like? I’ve got it down to a science. I systematically take my photos through a series of steps and tweaks in Lightroom. I also edit trips weeks after they’ve happened. I’m not really sure why, but it’s a trend I’ve noticed lately.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Sure. Go on the longer hikes and if the weather looks like it’s going to be shit, go anyways. Shooting-wise, expose for the highlights. Editing-wise, hone in your skills with the tone curve.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Touring the Scandinavian loop. That route was designed by architects and artists to highlight the beauty of the landscapes. That would be legendary.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Probably cliche to say, but fall. In Washington, you get every condition during this season. Rain, fog, crazy sunsets/rises, and even snow. Plus it’s colder, and I’m about that. These last couple of years, I’ve been busy with weddings and other responsibilities, so any time I can get during the fall colours is cherished.
The coolest place you've ever been? So far, it’s been hiking a portion of the PCT. I’m planning a 73mi trip to knock out a full section next year.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? Last year I was given the option to catch a later flight while flying to LAS for a bachelor party. They gave us $1000 in Delta credit, and I just bought some tickets to Paris with that. We’re going to explore France, Germany, and Austria - so stay tuned for that.
Anything extra you would like to share? Yes! Last December, Trevor Gunderson & I reached out to 11 insanely talented photographers to create a book entitled twlv.17: a collection of experiences & memories told from the lens of 12 creatives (link: dillongogarty.com/twlv17). We designed a 214-page book and donated all proceeds to a children’s charity in Alaska.
This December, we’re creating twlv.18. But we’re doing it a little differently. Instead of requesting 12 of a photographer's favourite images, we’re asking photographers to submit a photo series and story highlighting a memorable day or trip from 2018. I invite any photographer who also dabbles in writing to submit. Visit dillongogarty.com/twlv18 for more information. You can submit via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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