Saturday, October 18, 2008

My 15 Minutes of Fame**

Not long after hearing about interview fatigue from a famous photographer, I was invited to be interviewed on video by students on a Media Studies course at Limerick Senior College. I'm actually hoping that it will the first of many such experiences, because I think that the first-hand experience of a new phenomenon far outweighs simply being told about it.

Anyway, I had a very pleasant "15 minutes" in the company of my young interviewer, Thomas Keane and his sound and vision crew, over at the college's recording studio. I was told we would make two takes of the questions - Tom explained that this was in case HE made any mistakes, and they could cut the better take into the recording. I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that the real reason was to allow for MY mistakes, because when we finished the first take, no one seemed interested in doing take 2, and I insisted on it (well, no, I asked nicely - because I had enjoyed the first one so much).

Interestingly, I had watched the excellent movie "Factory Girl", only a few days before, and when they sat me on a chair with a powerful light aimed straight at me, and the crew all stood up behind the camera, with Tom talking, I was instantly reminded of the scenes of Andy Warhol filming Edie Sedgwick in his "Factory" studio. So much so, in fact that I asked Tom to interview me sitting down.

That said, everyone was extremely polite and I felt very welcomed. It's a long time since I have been treated with such deference, to be honest. Well, that was until I handed out an 8"x6" comp card of one of my award winning shots, and the camera guy asked if I would sign it. I was very flattered, and said I would when I got back from the loo.

On my return, still flushed with my own self-importance, I hunted for a pen, and offered to sign the card. "Oh,", he grinned "I was only joking!" "Well, I'll sign it anyway" I offered - which I did, and he put it in his bag without reading it. As he's only a slip of a lad, when he does get round to looking at it, he might wonder who the hell David Bailey is!

**"In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes" Andy Warhol

Photo shows interviewer Thomas Keane (right, seated) and his crew at Limerick Senior College, Media Studies Course.

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