“I’m not so sure that I chose to become a photographer. In some ways photography kind of chose me.” Daniel Regan
Daniel Regan (born in 1985) is a contemporary photographer currently based in London, UK. He completed a BA in Photography at University of Brighton in 2006. He also has an MA in Photography, 2013. For Daniel Regan photography encapsulates many things. He states: “It has also saved my life in times of great suffering as a tool for expression.”
Artist statement: Daniel Regan is a London based artist whose work often focuses on themes of recovery, psychology and mental health. He is also an accomplished portrait photographer.
Daniel Regan, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
I’m not so sure that I chose to become a photographer. In some ways photography kind of chose me. I had intended to go into writing but from the moment I started to capture images there was a very strong connection to creating photographs and the feeling that it created for me. Photography encapsulated so many things for me – the ability to record memories (I have always been worried I will forget things), the opportunity to express myself in an ambiguous and less tangible way than words, and a feeling of producing something, a feeling that I thrive on.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
I think it really depends on the project. If it is a personal project, such as Insula, I tend to take a fragmented approach that is representative of my anxieties about sharing too much information with the viewer. There is this constant push and pull and I always walk a fine line between over sharing and under sharing. I like to lure you in and leave you with questions.
The creative process for this project was very complex because it involved the creation of new work in a very clinical studio setting, the ongoing work of documenting my emotions, and the curation of hundreds of diaristic images that go back a decade. It took a lot of editing and trying to understand the journey of recovery to pull together the final images, and a lot of time considering how best to display this work in a way that demonstrates the underlying motives of the work.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
“I would cite Nan Goldin as a very early inspiration due to her documentary approach to very personal, emotive projects.”
I get asked this question a lot and I find it very difficult to answer. I am not much of a person that is inspired by just one photographer. I am very much inspired by events, conversations, feelings, visual cues and elements, as opposed to just one person before me. Just as I listen to all kinds of music (if I like the music, I’ll listen to it regardless of genre), I feel the same about visual imagery. However I would cite Nan Goldin as a very early inspiration due to her documentary approach to very personal, emotive projects.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
“Photography was a licence to go whenever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.” Diane Arbus
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I shoot both digitally and medium format.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I’m really keen on featureshoot.com.
What book about photography would you recommend?
8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds & 199 panes of glass by the lesser known Lauren E. Simonutti.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?
“Find what you love and let it kill you.” Meaning find your subject matter, what really motivates you, and just don’t stop.
More information about contemporary artist Daniel Regan
Official homepage “Daniel Regan Photography”: www.danielregan.com