Richard Gilligan: Portfolio

Dublin’s luminary skateboard son lives his life through a lens.

Everyone’s very proud of Rich. He always knew he wanted to be a professional photographer and sure hasn’t he only gone and done it?

The by-now world famous bridge photo, which ran in SLAP going on 13 years ago, was the first glimpse of an extraordinary flash of talent which has since developed into a career.

Resident in Dublin and having shot for more magazines than anyone now cares to remember, he is leaving with his young family to start a new life in New York. Before he went, we asked him to talk us through some of his choice cuts from the wonder years.

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Graham Hislop, Nosegrind, Dublin
Graham Hislop, Nosegrind, Dublin

Graham Hislop, Nosegrind, Dublin

In order to get this angle I climbed up the bridge and almost had a panic attack once I reached the top. I could feel the whole bridge move under me and I considered jumping straight down into the River Liffey at one point!

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John Flynn, Frontside Noseslide
John Flynn Frontside Noseslide

John Flynn, Frontside Noseslide

John is one of the most stylish skaters I’ve ever shot with. This was shot late one night in the freezing cold. I can remember printing this and being really proud of the shadow on the wall. Happy accidents are always the best.

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Carl Wilson, Frontside Ollie, Israel
Carl Wilson, Frontisde Ollie, Israel

Carl Wilson, Frontside Ollie, Israel

The heat inside this metal fullpipe was almost unbearable. It felt like you were stuck inside an oven but it didn’t seem to phase Carl in the slightest. I kept thinking of that iconic Alan Petersen Thrasher cover and prayed that my flashes went off. Thankfully they did.

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Keith Walsh, 50-50
Keith Walsh 50-50

Keith Walsh, 50-50

Keith had been talking about this rail for a while and when we finally went to shoot it I remember being unsure if he could do it. Twenty minutes later Keith proved me wrong and rolled away from this perfect.

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Max Schaaf, Frontside Grind, Liverpool
Max Schaaf, Frontside Grind

Max Schaaf, Frontside Grind, Liverpool

This was shot at The Night of the Living Dead jam in Rampworx skatepark during the deathmatch, where it was every man for himself. Nothing beats the feeling of a fast frontside grind when you are hanging on for life.

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Paul McKean, 360 Flip, Waterford
Paul McKean, Waterford

Paul McKean, 360 Flip, Waterford

As a kid I had always looked at this spot in the hope of someday skating it but it remained untouched until Paul stepped up to it and landed this 360 flip seconds before the local police turned up and gave him the boot.

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Sean Murphy, Boneless
Sean Murphy Boneless

Sean Murphy, Boneless

This was taken on an industrial estate right in front of the G1 warehouse and Sean was visiting from Kerry for a few days. We shot this as a bit of a joke because of the Murphy logo, but the photo ended up a keeper.

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Stu Bentley, Frontside Rock, London
Stu Bentley, Frontside Rock

Stu Bentley, Frontside Rock, London

Stu was helping me out with locations on this fashion job I was doing and brought his board along. I shot this from the window of this crack den right beside this wasteland while we waited for the model and stylist to show up. Stu is also an amazing cinematographer and director.

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Conhuir Lynn, Beanplant
Conhuir Lynn Beanplant

Conhuir Lynn, Beanplant

Van City was this weird amazing road trip that a bunch of Irish skaters made happen at a time when our first concrete parks began to pop up. Ireland felt like it could contend with Oregon during these sessions. Magic times indeed.

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Jay Dords, Feeble Grind, LA
Jay Dords, Feeble Grind LA

Jay Dords, Feeble Grind, LA

Jay brought me to this abandoned mansion that collapsed from a hill slide overlooking Santa Monica and did this stylish feeble grind with the ease of a wanted man in a foreign land.

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Bruce Kelliher, Drop In, Kerry, Ireland
Bruce Kelliher, Drop In, Kerry, Ireland

Bruce Kelliher, Drop In, Kerry, Ireland

This was the first photograph I ever had published. It ran in the Gallery section of the March 2001 issue of the late, great SLAP Magazine from San Francisco. I can still remember that feeling of seeing my work in print for the first time.

© Rich Gilligan
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