An Interview With: Peter Moloney Cummins

Who are you and what do you do?

My full name is Peter Moloney Cummins and I’m an architecture student in the University of Limerick. When I’m not in college I work in a family business, saddling horses, I love working with my hands. I sometimes do event photography, its different from my urban work but I love the energy of the crowd.

How did you get into what you do?

I always loved to draw and had an appreciation for art but my girlfriend is the main reason I got into photography. She's a keen photographer herself and whenmet her I couldn't help but try it and I got to love it. Apart from that I’ve always loved industrial buildings and there aesthetic. Their already muted colours and exposed structure make them the ideal candidate for black and white photographs. 

How do you work?

Im a complete night owl. I love to work late. Also, I’ve always liked to work with my hands. In college that means drafting, sketching and model making where as when it comes to photography I like to go to places that are cool and I think are worth taking pictures of and then its just click click click till something triggers a response. When I get an idea I don’t like to sleep until I’ve in some way reached my goal. If this is something as small as a sketch or a handful of rough photographs which will lead me on to the bigger picture so be it. Apart from that I work hard, I’ve had a steady job since I was 12 and rarely take more than a few days off.

How would you describe your work?

Dark. Some of the places I’ve photographed have scared me, but thats the point? 

What is your background?

I grew up in rural Ireland playing in old farm buildings and hay sheds. I also love street art. I believe graffiti affects the mood of a space and can influence how people engage with a place and I love that.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I love decay. Slow breakdowns. So thats what I try and find and when I do I try capture it.

Why photography?

The fact that a place, a mood, a feeling can be captured always leaves me wondering how. The fact that it keeps me guessing. The thrill of a good picture and the chase for the next one.

What are you goals after University?

Im hoping to join an Architecture firm. A commercial level firm if possible as I want to work on a bigger scale than projects like houses throw up. I also like the idea of designing public buildings as well as designing with an industrial eye. But I’m under no allusions, you have to start small to get big.

Is there any specific equipment you use?

Im a newbie to at the moment I'm using a canon 1200d and a standard 18-55mm lens. Basic but its helped a lot with learning the basics. I usually change my settings so that I shoot in monochrome instead of editing pictures afterwards as I like to continually check how my photographs are turning out and altering my settings to suit the monochromes. I think I’d like to branch out into film soon also.

Whats the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?

Luck can get you places, but hard work will keep you there.


All images copyright of Peter Cummins


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