As German football team starts to jell in the Euro Cup I can bet you that while Daniel Brühl is on a film set somewhere in Los Angeles he is watching his boys play. Daniel not only loves football, he loves food, his restaurant Bar Raval Berlin are world-class. While Daniel plays the bad guy in Captain America: Civil War for me a very special moment was when Daniel played world champion Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda, who like two other friends of mine drove for Ferrari. Check out Daniel in the film Rush.
This week I will begin to feature some talented and creative people discovered along the way from those countries that are in Euro Cup 2016. Meet Ricky Woodside, photographer of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Today he is rooting for his brothers of Ireland.
How did you get started in photography?
From around age 8 I would always doodle and sketch and create images from my head. I had vivid imagination from watching television and cartoons. My parents would encourage this as it kept me not only quite but out of mischief . I thank them for that so much today as I wouldn’t be the creative person I am without them. I loved art at school it was my favorite subject by far and was introduced in my final yea there to my first Apple Mac computer where I would spend every minute creating.
After school finished I applied and got into art college in 1987, there I studied fine art, print, design, photography and a host of other subject in the art world. I learned to use cameras as part of a HND in Graphic design course I did in my five years there. The photography side was a major part of the course as we would have to provide our own imagery for the design projects such as CD covers, posters ad campaigns. My tutors Dierdre and Dermot where a great inspiration, as Dermot Deirdre was a photographer and Dermot was a book designer.
Deirdre actually showed me how to set up my lights for my first fashion studio setup, I thank her for that today. Back then I shot mostly 100 Gilford black and white film back then and my interest grew there experimenting with film cameras and in the dark room developing my own . I loved using different film camera’s like the Pentax K100, Pentax MX, they where solid lumps of metal that if you dropped them you would not have to worry like today’s DSLR cameras. I also loved shooting medium format with the Zenza Bronica SQ it had its own tripod as it weighed a ton to hand hold or carry. It was funny to use and quiet tricky as the image was back to front as you looked through the top view finder but the clarity was incredible.
I started in my first photography job as a studio assistant under the Northern Ireland Photographer Chris Hill he was a commercial photographer shooting various things from people, advertising, landscapes, food, and some fashion. I worked there for a while helping set up shots in the studio and on location. I learnt about new cameras like the digital back Mamiya, getting test shots and learnt some handy tricks of the trade for shooting. From there I haven’t looked back creating images through my graphic design and photography career over the last 20 years. I made some crazy jumps in the camera world from extreme sports photography in surfing, mountain biking skate-boarding, wake boarding when running my own Irish extreme sports magazine Freeflow to shooting fashion, catwalk, advertising, editorials, commercial work, and now today being the creative director designing and running my high-end art/photography/fashion magazine called 10TEN.
What inspires you?
Life in general inspires me but the photographer’s and artists who inspired me from a young age till now are Ansel Adams with his slow exposure work. Helmet newtons grasp of the female form and light. Rankin’s awesome photographic bold style, Perou’s adventurous fashion location shoots. I also inspired by many painters and graffiti artists like Renior, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol’s cool pop art, Laurence Gartel’s amazing computer art, Jean Michel Basquite’s mix of graffiti and statement typography to today’s artists like, Sebastien Rio, Zoobs, Smates, Banksy, Martin Ron, MTO, and P183 a very cool Russian street artist. I love anything that pushes the boundaries and makes people ask a question or look twice.
What made you want to move Milan?
I have worked with some amazing people to date that have helped me create my photography work and working in Milan back and forward for the last 2 years I have fallen in love with the kind people, new friends, the model agencies, the helpful booker, the amazing food, and the fashion of course. Moving to Milan will help me push my photography style so much further, it’s the next step for me. It is a very cool city with multicultural models, designers, makeup artists and hair stylists I can work with. The light is also so incredible during mid afternoon in Milan, it’s like the best massive soft box you could find that works so well on the models skin tone. One big reason in moving there will be to push my Fashion/Art Magazine 10TEN wth my business partner and friend Marc Evans who is a great fashion photographer based in Milan who I have learnt a lot from and I thank him for that. Our team at 10TEN has grown since my plan to move to Milan and we have brought on-board the digital art legend Laurence Gartel as are new Art Editor, and celebrity Makeup artist Phoebe Dawson as our Beauty Editor. This will add great new opportunities and collaborations to the team and I look forward to working with them in Milan in the future.
Did you see any benefits from being in Euro?
Well it certainly made life easier to travel around as a photographer without visa’s for each country or whatever he plan is for the future a lot of people are afraid of change. I am excited to be honest as I’m moving on in my career full-time to Milano, Italy to shoot more fashion editorials for 10TEN magazine, designer collections, work with models and the great agencies there at the end of July. My main concern is that I have upcoming photo shoots in Scilly, Berlin, France, Monaco, London and back in Ireland and hope it doesn’t affect my client’s to much. I certainly wont let it affect me, but embrace the change as it keep’s life interesting.
What you think of N Ireland and Ireland being in knockout round
I think its amazing best thing that has happened to our wee island in years, it’s a dream for me. I can’t believe we have made it into the last 16, with a chance to go further in the competition. I remember as a boy the team doing well and the place going crazy with excitement but this is something else. It’s really bringing the best out in everyone in Ireland north and south as you can see from many videos online of our super traveling fans. We have shown the we have courage, fire, and loads of heart in all our games playing against the world champions Germany was a tough match but we battled through. I hope Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland go far in the competition especially against the other big teams of Europe including Italy as I will be living there if we get to play them. Come on the green army “Will Grigg’s on Fire”.
Euro Cup 2016 can be seen in faces of the fans some from Saturday day 1 of round of 16
Welcome to Canada and if you are traveling by train, car, bus, air, or just walking around the circuit here is a all Canadian music playlist for you to enjoy and discover some Canadian talent. The playlist has mellow start and goes from there. While there is so much talent out there, I just put this together of friends of mine or those musicians my friends know.
Megan Bonnell her recent album was fully crowd funded, from my home town Toronto, not only can she sing she can also make a mean banana bread.
Alannah Myles I used to spend a lot of time on the road with my buddy Kevin Jones who was tour manager for his brother Mick Jones of the band Foreigner, and Alannah was always around Ca Va is mellow start to the playlist.
Serena Ryder – born in my hometown of Toronto and she kicks ass.
Anna Cyzon – Is a dear friend of mine and she totally rocks she has also been a great help to me for my film on fans of David Bowie.
Armando Scarlato Jr. One day walked into a jam session of the David Bowie film started to sing and blew everyone away.
Alanis Morissette – I first met Alanis on my birthday dinner in Los Angeles with my buddy Tim Thorney she had come to shop her album Jagged Little Pill.
Drake – Also from my hometown of Toronto (the 6) and a friend of my buddy Sammy. I don’t need to say more it’s Drake.
Virgina Storey she just rocks, and put new twist to her music she is a big fan of Bowie and if he was still with us he would like her music.
Gang Signs – My friend Karen Hood owns a music label File Under Music and this band is signed to her label.
Bend Sinister – Also signed to my friends label File Under Music of Vancouver.
Francesco Yates – I first met Francesco at a fashion show his big influence was Prince and Michael Jackson.
Justin Bieber – Well who does not know this dude, Lewis Hamilton been hanging with him of late and my mom loves him.
Sarah Fisher – Super cool friend another multi talented Canadian.
The Weekend – This dude from my home town been killing it, working real hard and has collaborated with my friend Hill Kourkoutis also on this play list.
Tim Thorney – A very talented friend of mine who is a record producer, singer songwriter and owner of Villa Sound a very cool recording studio, he has his fingers on the pulse of talent in Canada.
In My Coma – This band not only rocks they can party and we have done it they have a new album coming out this fall.
Mandy Bo – She just followed her dream and works really hard, I really like her and she has a crowd funding project on the go, check it out on her website.
NJ Taylor – From Montreal a big fan of Red Bull Racing, she is one very talented friend who is always working at her craft.
Brian Asha lives in Vancouver and just likes good music.