Continuing the conversation with the lovely Julie, as we delve deeper into her love for furries and photography…
7. What was your most exciting location to shoot and why ?
Some of my favourite shoots have not necessarily been in exciting locations. I recently shot a piece at an animal welfare society in Penang, Malaysia, where 250 stray and rescued dogs live in a fixer upper house on the outskirts of the city, cared for by a retired German expat, Barbara Janssen, and a couple of helpers. The dogs live alone or in packs in one the many rooms, each looking for a small space to call their own: the front of house, half open to the elements, and with access to the outdoors; the main enclosed living area, complete with giant flat screen TV, antique furniture, and sofas destroyed by chewing and digging; the back open kitchen, with washing machine, pots and pans, dining tables, and food prep area, usually all sat upon by dozens of dogs. Not one space is left unclaimed by canines. This shoot was challenging emotionally, physically and mentally but at the same time, exciting, and the results were so much more than I could ever have expected from when I first arrived there.
8. Who or what would be your dream shoot be?
Living in India, every day is like a dream shoot. Just stepping out onto the streets provides a myriad of opportunities to capture life in all its gritty detail. I’m soon heading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar which I know will be stunning to shoot, but I’m also looking forward to general street shooting there. That said, if a very fancy chain of hotels was to ask me to shoot their global locations over the next year or so, I’d be very happy to accept!
9. What’s the most favourite photo you have taken and why?
I’ve taken literally thousands of photos and my favorites change constantly. I’m currently in love with one of the majestic hounds I shot at the shelter in Penang: he was posed perfectly and the light streaming in just made him look so regal. He really was the king of the house and in my view the photo portrays that perfectly.
10. How do you want people to respond to your work?
I want my photographs to provoke a response of some kind from people. Whether they love it or hate it, that’s fine, as long as it’s given them something to think about and generated a reaction.
11. You have done a few shoots with Betty & betts on location. What is it about Betty and betts that made you decide to work with them?
I love the philosophy of the Betties and their commitment to ethically produced products. Plus it’s always going to be a fun shoot, whether we’re in a Bangalore slum or a palace in Rajasthan. The colorful products and patterns make them a joy to shoot wherever you are.
12. What is your most favourite betty product and why?
I have many Betty notebooks that always travel with me when I’m shooting. Next to my camera, a notebook is the most important thing for jotting down ideas, inspirations, and, as I’m getting older, things I need to remember!
13. You met Sausage in India, fulfilled some puppy sitting duties for her where she got very spoiled with gourmet food. Do you have any dogs?
We have three wonderful dachshunds: A female Mitzie, who’s turning six this December, Monty, an easy going five year old wire haired male, and Minnie, our latest addition who’s around 18 months old and trying to take the spot of alpha female! They are a joy to have and provide hours of happiness to us. We may need to get a bigger bed though as all three like to snuggle up at night like the part of the family that they are.
Find more of Julie’s amazing photographs at: http://www.juliemcguire.com
In the thick of it – SS13 photo shoot in Bangalore Flower Market!
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