BreckCreate: Local photographer Liam Doran exhibits work in Arts District
Meet the artist
Breckenridge photographer Liam Doran is leasing studio space in the Fuqua Livery Stable on the Breckenridge Arts District campus and will soon be moving next door to the Randall Barn. Doran typically holds office hours Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where he discusses his art, answers questions for aspiring and experienced photographers and reviews photo portfolios. For more information or to view his work, visit www.liamdoranphotography.com.
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of features related to the new Breckenridge Arts District campus. The town’s campus preview event runs through Sunday, Sept. 28. Learn more at http://www.breckcreate.org.
Local photographer Liam Doran will exhibit his photography at the Breckenridge Theatre through the weekend as part of the Breckenridge Arts District campus preview event. The exhibit, which shares the space with Eagle artist Ben Pond’s drawings of Breckenridge, opened Thursday, Sept. 25, and will run through Sunday, Sept. 28.
Doran describes himself as an outdoor sports and lifestyle photographer. His current exhibit features many local athletes and local scenes and is very much tied to the community, the photographer said.
“My style or my aesthetic is, I would describe it as single-frame, well-crafted, non HDR (high-dynamic range), natural-light photography,” Doran said. “My work should not make you say, ‘Wow, how did you do that?’ It should make you think, ‘Wow, I want to be the person in that picture.’”
KEEPING IT LOCAL
Doran said he started tinkering with photography about 12 years ago, mostly because he didn’t want to move to Denver and get a “real job.”
“Back then, I was managing a ski shop and I would cut out all the photos from all the different photographers and plaster them all over the ski shop,” he said. “I think even back then, I knew that somehow I wanted to try to do that. I had no grasp of how to make that happen, how to go from a ski shop guy to shooting covers and features and galleries. Somehow, through trial and error — a lot more error — it’s happened.”
Rather than stacking photos or using digital effects or filters, Doran said he wants his work to be as true to life as he can possibly make it.
“The main core of my work, at least now, almost 80 percent of my work is editorial and 20 percent commercial,” he said. “Mostly, I work with magazines. I do a lot of magazine work. I was counting the other day; the last four weeks, I have images running 13 or 14 different places. It’s a huge amount of work to do editorial photography; the pay is low, so you have to get it out there.”
Many action photographers, such as those who shoot professional sporting events, are on the outside looking in, but Doran is inspired by doing and is able to share his own experiences through his photos.
“Almost everything that you see, like in the gallery show coming up, almost everything in there is just — I can’t say it’s all spontaneous photography, a lot of it is all set up and well-thought-out, but at the same time, it’s what myself and my friends are doing,” Doran said. “It’s from the perspective of an active participant in the sport. … I’m shooting it from the inside out.
“I shoot what I do. I am a biker, skier, hiker, fly-fisherman; it’s all right here. Sitting in this very desk I am moments from singletrack and moments form the ski area, with a river in between. I can’t think of a better place to be located for what I do.”
IN THE ARTS DISTRICT
Doran is currently leasing studio space in the Fuqua Livery Stable on the Breckenridge Arts District campus and will soon be moving next door to the Randall Barn.
“It’s really fun being in the middle of campus here because the energy and vibe, especially right now with the opening beginning to happen, is buzzing,” the photographer said. “Everyone’s running around, getting so much work done. We’re in a construction phase, but it will be great when that construction buzz shifts to artistic buzz because I know that energy is going to be here. I think it’s going to be a fantastic place.”
In addition to Doran’s exhibit at the theater, he also will be doing two photography workshops for the preview event. The first, which takes place Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., will center on editorial photography, how to take professional photos and what it takes to get published.
“Essentially, it’s going to be a little presentation about how editorial photography works in general, both as far as taking the photos and working with editors and basically the whole nine yards,” Doran said. “Sunday, I’m doing a much more casual piece, and it’s all about photographing your kids.”
Much of Doran’s non-professional photography focuses on his two children, Bergen, 3, and Elsa, 1, and on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, he’ll be sharing those experiences.
“I turn my lens on them a ton, and people have enjoyed the kids and liked the kid photography, so I’m going to do another little presentation, much more casual, about how to shoot your kids and why you are your kids’ best photographer,” he said.
Doran said he’s excited to see the whole Arts District finally come together.
“I’ve been in this office since April, and I’ve seen it go from a rag-tag pile of wood and construction and slowly watched it come together,” he said. “I’m exited for Jenn (Cram, manager of the Arts District) and Robb (Woulfe, CEO) and the whole team watching it come together. They’ve done such an incredible job; it’s so impressive.”
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