John Molloy

Photographer, wannabe fisherman, worrier

Photos by John Molloy

John grew up in Tramore, County Waterford in Ireland and has a degree in construction management.  He worked in construction for 8 years in Seattle and got into fine art photography in his spare time.  After 9/11 he was laid off, so drove across the country ending up in New York.  It was here he started photo-assisting in fashion and became a digital technician. He still “digital-techs” and shoots stock images for several agencies.  He also photographs look-books and still-life shoots for local designers and is looking to photograph more kids, as he reckons there’s “a market for good pictures of peoples kids”. He’s right, most kids’ photography is mega cheese-ball and John is the polar opposite of that, as he pictures and interview prove.

Meet John, you’ll like him.

 

I met my wife on a shoot in New York...

I was photo-assisting and she was assisting the stylist. I asked her for her number near the end of the two-day shoot and we went out a few weeks later (because I'd been away on a job). She told me later she didn’t think I was going to call. We had been going out for some time when the rent on her apartment was raised sharply, so i told her to move in with me. (She was surprised but pleased).

We were married at city hall, which was just a short walk from our apartment. The ceremony literally took 3 minutes in this large bare room with my sister as a witness. We went to a diner for lunch in union square, my sister went back to work and we went home afterwards. My wife is very beautiful and I think she is aging well (that might be bad to say) - but she always complains about how she is ageing!

She left fashion styling and started a business called BDB which has evolved over time to what it is now, which is basically hand made ceramics. She has a studio right next to my studio in Greenpoint. She doesn't miss fashion.

I moved from one of New York's hippest neighbourhoods to the burbs...

We were living in a Little Italy / Chinatown in a loft space in Manhattan, sharing with my sister and a revolving roommate. Although my wife wanted us to get our own place, I always knew that that apartment was our ‘new york experience’. It was a large raw space, and I just knew when we left it that it was the end of a chapter in my life, a way of moving towards domesticity I guess.

Moving to Williamsburg isn't like moving to the suburbs, but you are leaving the intensity of Manhattan. The streets are quiet in the morning, you can see more of the sky as the buildings are lower than Manhattan. But there is an intensity in Manhattan that you get used to, which is only noticeable once you leave. We moved in July 2011 and our first son Mark came along in May 2012, so you could say we were ready for the move when our second son Sam came along 18 months later.

We stayed in Williamsburg for almost 4 years and finally moved because the neighbourhood, which was quite gentrified already, exploded in popularity. We'd lived on the outskirts of Soho for many years and Williamsburg was starting to look not to dissimilar at the weekend. Street parking (we got a car) became just an ordeal. In the end we didn’t renew our lease and ended up living in the north tip of Greenpoint. It’s much quieter here.

Originally we (I) wanted a multi-family home...

...basically a brownstone type building with several units. Originally we (I) wanted a multi-family home - basically a brownstone type building with several units. The idea was to have the ground floor and basement and the garden for ourselves and rent out the remaining units to pay the mortgage. But it’s depressing to see what little you get for your money in New York. I am sure london is much the same, but our problem is we need work space for both of us.

Now we are thinking of getting out of the city entirely. Neither of us need to commute Monday to Friday. So we've been driving out to different towns on Sundays (that’s when realtors have open houses). We have been to about 6 towns now and seen a few dozen houses. We have seen a few things we liked (I had picked them all), but nothing is quite right yet. Plus we’re trying to get used to the idea of being farther from the city than we planned.

I love watching weird YouTube videos about stoner chefs...

And Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets". Oh and anything with people consuming ‘ghost chillies’. I could watch ‘Russian Dash Cams’ (mad car crash videos) all day. Oh, and ‘Jesus Christ In Richmond Park’.

I enjoy simple things like watching my boys interact...

Well, when they’re being nice to one another and when they protect each other from bullies in the playground. I almost never correct their English, it’s my way of trying to slow down their growing up.

I’m a worrier...

And I don't know how I prevent that from being passed on to my boys. When I was growing up, I looked up to my parents as if they were something more than human, they were everything - protector, provider - they were superhuman to me (as opposed to the regular people they actually were). Now that I’m a parent, I see all my shortcomings and insecurities as a person are all still inside me, as I raise these two boys. Things like that scare me...

When the chips are down...

My first reaction is to worry, then I get just on with it.

I did a crazy thing once...

I left Seattle with all my belongings in the car and drove to New York with the vague plan to work in photography. I had no contacts or leads. That was crazy, terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

My father died in March...

So I've been thinking a lot about him and what he meant to me and also what I want my boys to see in me. I'd spoken to my wife about how my parents were old and how I'd like to have children so they could have some memories of them...

There was no intense fatherly feeling in the hospital with the first one. Honestly my relationship with both my boys only really started to deepen for me when they were closer to 2. They were old enough that we were able to interact more. That’s when it became more intense for me. Now my second son sam has turned 2, his individuality has come to the fore and I find him very funny.

When I dream I...

Picture a place with a few acres of land with a second building / barn for our work place, a nice town with good schools to raise the kids. I’d like to take up some outside pastimes that I can share with the boys, like fishing.

Most people don't know...

I cry at sad parts on tv way more than my wife.

Tell us a joke...

I have the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban from the Toronto zoo.

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