D A R R A N G O U G H
Darran is a local lad born in Reading and brought up in Shiplake. He studied photography at King James College, Henley before moving to Berkshire College of Art & Design After leaving college Darran became a photographer/assistant producer on a film about Venice. Working in the city he produced "The Venice Experience". Returning to the UK he worked for an audio visual company near Pinewood Studios. It was during this time that Darran began to freelance for local newspapers following fire crews to incidents. Watching the firemen at work he realised "I could do that job!" He joined the retained fire service in Henley on Thames. After training Darran realised that he was becoming disillusioned with working in the professional photographic world and turned his back on it making a career change which is now in its 30th year. Finally, they say that there is a book inside everyone. Darran has started his. 30 years in the fire service results in many experiences. some sad some happy but all memorable
LIFE IN THE TRIPLE 9s
Darran’s photographs portray the quieter side of life in the emergency services rather than the headline grabbing emergency calls. As part of his firefighter duties Darran also provides fire cover for air shows, air displays and for aircraft carrying out parachute training for the MOD. These events add an exciting facet to his career and provide many photographic opportunities.
For this exhibition Darran has created a montage based on bringing a project Richard did at Berkshire College of Art & Design 30 years ago up to date. Richard explored people's personalities by photographing the inside of their glove compartments in their cars. Darran has brought the original idea to the fire crews' locker room where he has photographed the insides of his fire crews locker doors! Each one unique and fascinating to compare.