Steve Gourlay started out travelling the world on the competitive skate scene. (That's Steve below, shot by Omeally) It was during this time he developed a passion for photography, shooting his peers, who happened to be among the world’s best skateboarders.
In recent years Steve has found a use for the skills gained during his plumbing apprenticeship, furniture design and construction. Steve custom built most of the furniture that sits proudly in Doomsday store.HOW DID YOU START YOUR CAREER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Through Skateboarding, I always had a little film point and shoot as a kid skating so I would always shoot overviews of skate spots. Then over the years thru shitty injuries I kept shooting and did the odd b/w course along the way. I always had a knock up darkroom where I lived. It kinda just progressed into shooting skate shots, this was around 1991 a close mate at the time who was a photog mentored me and helped me get a foot into the mag world by introducing me to a couple of editors. In between shooting skate shots and travelling a hell of a lot I did a diploma in commercial photography in 97 for two years. I guess it just was plain hard work from there on.
THE WORLD TURNS TO SHIT AND YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOME BEHIND. WHAT DO YOU TAKE?
My wife and child (who’s not quite born yet ha) some nappies, a Leatherman and a bottle of whisky. Hang on where are we going and whats happened?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN MELBOURNE?
What drew me to Melbourne was the fact that there is a large creative community, which can offer great opportunities if you want them. Its a friendly city with something to do at any time of day, Its a an all round great city. Obviously it has its downfalls like all big cities i.e. traffic etc but you just have to deal with it. I do miss rad beaches and slightly warmer ocean temps.
IS IT TRUE YOU LOVE THE SMELL OF FRESH WOOD IN THE MORNING?
Shit yeah! Its great opening up the workshop or my shed at home with a nice cuppa and smelling native timbers thinking about what I can make.
WHY IS ONE CREATIVE PROFESSION NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? IS IT BECAUSE YOUR ARE GREEDY?
Ha ha no not at all. I like to think there is so much out there to learn, so why not learn as much as you can and expose yourself to a few extra challenges. I love photography because of its cleanliness and procedures but I also love furniture making because its dirty and you can kinda do what you want. There is a fine balance between sanity and insanity!
BEST MUSIC TO GRIND TO?
Well I like JJ Cale to bump and grind then I like Slayer for actually grinding. It all depends on the mood really I like a lot of varied music.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TRIBAL TATTOO’S?
What is that question, are you setting me up? Ha nah no actual tribals mate but I do have a Celtic inspired pattern due to my scottish heritage – its not tribal ok…
WHO ARE THE MOST MEMORABLE PEOPLE YOU HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED?
Shit, that in itself is a crazy question, if you mean well known that makes it even harder to answer. Hmmm well I’ve shot with a lot of skateboarders over the 20 odd years from Tony Hawk, to Gonz to Shane Oneill, there are a hell of a lot of em. Shooting with Andy Irons was awesome, someone who’s so far removed from that world was Cherie Blair, now that was an odd one to shoot.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST MAGAZINE COVER?
A Slam mag with a young Adelaide kid call nugget [not Shane Oneill] I think it was around 94.
WHAT PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS HAVE INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY?
I like Jeffery Smart’s paintings and Gabermans photos are always a pleasure to look at.