JONATHAN CHERRY: What gets you up in the morning?
IAN FLANIGAN: My girlfriend works from home, so usually it’s the sound her pounding her keyboard with her fists like when Beavis and Butthead worked at that temp agency. Best episode!
JC: Are there any emerging photographers inspiring you at the moment?
IF: So many, too many to list probably. Eliot Lee Hazel, Jake Stangel, Daniel Shea, Elizabeth Weinberg, Lauren Dukoff, Eric Ryan Anderson, Samuel Bradley, Tyler Shields, Tim Navis, Emily Shur, Nirrimi, Julian Berman, and my friend Sagan Lockhart to name a few. I used to have more than four hundred bookmarked, but my computer crashed and lost a ton.
JC: What is your current project all about?
IF: I’ve got a few that I’ve been working on. Six months ago I moved and got a new job in downtown LA, my whole life pretty changed overnight and I’ve been documenting a lot of stuff in LA. I’ve also been working on a series of cars that I find interesting, not like ‘nice’ cars, but ones that look like they could tell some stories, not totally sure if I want to put it out or not, though. And next year I’m planning a solo trip to Las Vegas, this is the one I’m really excited to do. Might have to turn it into a few trips. Mainly film, lots of strangers.
JC: What draws you to making portraits?
IF: It comes down to story telling, portraits tell stories about the subject and that’s what I like doing. I love looking at portraits that draw you in, but you’re not totally sure why, you feel like you connect with the person in it, but you’re just not sure why. I like there to be some mystery in it as well, no need to tell the whole story all at once.
JC: How do you find juggling personal & commercial work?
IF: It’s interesting. I have a full time day job shooting for the clothing company Freshjive, I also do various freelance shoots and then I always always have a camera on me to document my everyday life. I’m always shooting or editing something, but I’m not bummed on it at all. I get to do really cool shit at Freshjive and that job pays my bills, so I only take on freelance gigs that I really want to do. It’s a lot more fun when you’re not just shooting something for the money.
JC: Favourite tree?
IF: Baobabs are pretty awesome looking!