JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
KEVIN GRIFFIN: Centre forward for Chelsea FC, I still do.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
KG: Well I saw the movie Drive recently, it was beautifully shot. I am inspired by the fact that there are events such as Photoireland that each year promote Irish and international photography so well.
JC: What are you up to right now?
KG: I have been distributing and promoting my new book, Omey Island “Last Man Standing”. It is self published, this enabled me to put together the book i initially set out to do. The book tells the story of Pascal Whelan a former world renowned stuntman who spent his working life travelling the globe performing in movies and live shows. However on one fateful day a member of his stunt team was tragically killed, this finished Pascals career and he returned to his childhood home on Omey Island. I am about to embark on a couple of advertising commissions, I have also been asked to visit and photograph a few other islands off the irish coast for the independent newspaper.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
KG: I haven’t really had any mentors however there are a lot of photographers I respect, Don McCullin, Raymond Moore, John Davies and Peter Fraser are a just a few that spring to mind.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
KG: I am based in my home town, Clifden, Ireland. It is one of the most westerly points in Europe - it is good for me to shoot in the area I live, I think enables me to get below the surface of the subject.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
KG: Just to shoot plenty and learn from each picture you take, ask yourself how can a picture be improved, I have returned to the same picture time and again to try and capture a better shot. Picture taking can be an awkward process & a difficult process.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
KG: If the photography fails I think I would try making films, it is more accessible these days with the technology now available.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
KG: Yes very much so. I’m lucky that here in the West of Ireland the creative community is thriving, Clifden has an annual arts festival which is second to none. Although I don’t discuss photography that often there is always a word of encouragement to be had locally.