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Brogan McNab - Photographer: Profile + Interview

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Brogan McNab: Interview

 

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Annie Leibovitz.  She embodies inspiration, passion and strength which makes her the most influential example of creativity and imagination.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

An optimist and a dreamer.

Why do you do what you do?

For the same reason I eat everyday, I enjoy it and can’t live without it.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do until I was 20.  I wasn’t happy with the program I was in so I reapplied to different schools and different programs.  I took a chance on OCAD with no background in art and the rest is history.   My camera is an extension of my  mind and body.  I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else, or atleast being as happy as I am now while doing it. 

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

At this point it would be the monetary aspect related to photography.  The cost of equipment, software, printing etc. can be quite excessive, you really have to work hard to make money and even harder to save it to afford what you need.  I have an incredible support system, my Dad is always willing to invest in my future and success if I need help.  Luckily for him I keep my tools pretty basic!

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I often joke about how my sister and I were probably the most photographed children in the world.  My Mom always had a camera in her hand following us around and she would build photo albums for every year.  She is definitely the person who sparked my interest in photography.  As I got older I grew more interested in taking the photo rather than posing for it (although if someone pulls a camera out you better believe I’m ready and posing).

I can’t say for certain whether or not I have directly inspired anyone, but my goal as I grow as an artist is to produce work which sparks the imagination of others and influences them to create and dream. 

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

My journey is still so new I can’t say that I have made any monumental mistakes, yet.  But as I look back on my past work I would say that there are times where not stopping to critically think about what I am doing (while creating, shooting or post processing) is the biggest mistake I could make.  Not taking a moment to examine your environment and analyze your process allows for small discrepancies within an image, things which could have been avoided.  I am always incredibly aware of my surroundings, conscious of my concept and acutely attentive to detail. 

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I always have projects on the go or portrait sessions planned, I like to stay busy.  I can say I am collaborating with another talented artist, who works in a different medium than I, which I am extremely excited about but that’s all the spoiler I will give. 

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

To other photographers: Keep Shooting.  In General: Smile.

 

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Any more than two cubes waters it down.

 

Brogan McNab: Profile

 

Full name

Brogan McNab

Age

24

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Cambridge, Ontario

Where you live now? (city, country)

Toronto, Ontario

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Father: Belfast, Northern Ireland 

Mother: Cambridge, Ontario

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Photographer, Student, Bartender

How long have you been doing it?

I have been photographing people for just over four years.

Fav Song

War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Brand New

Fav Movie

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Fav Actor/Actress

Johnny Depp

Fav Clothing brand

Zara

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videograpehr

Annie Leibovitz

Fav Sport to watch

Hockey

Fav Sport to play

Volleyball

 

 

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