Way before I started this blog, I knew I wanted to do a Liam and Noel Gallagher photoshoot. In early March, I headed to Columbus to celebrate my best friend’s birthday. She chose to go to a bar with live music, one that she had never been to, even though she’s lived in the city for years. It was rather loud, as live bands usually are in a small room, so she ended up herding me and the rest of the gang into another bar. Somehow we wound up throwing darts next to two guys who seemed to be having a great time.
After a liquid badge of courage, I asked a bartender for a piece of paper, scribbled down my story, took a deep breath and walked up to the guy sporting a poof of dark brown hair and a red plaid shirt. I introduced myself, said something like “You guys seem like you could be brothers and you should totally model as the Oasis brothers for my blog!” and then ran off. He seemed bewildered.
A few moments went by, and then the blond one came up out of nowhere and spoke to me. LO AND BEHOLD, THESE TWO WERE ACTUALLY BROTHERS. LIKE, BLOOD BROTHERS. I kept laughing and seriously couldn’t believe it. We then played darts together and my team lost terribly, no thanks to me. When I got home the next day, I had an email from this blog, saying it was well put together and that we should meet up for a shoot.
So, we set up a shoot. About a week before the planned date, I got a text asking if it was alright if they got haircuts. It made me chuckle; I failed to mention that my favorite thing about the real Noel and Liam is the hair. But of course, who am I to dictate hair length on people I don’t even know?
The day of, Roger, Bryon and I spent over 5 hours running around Columbus, photographing and exploring their favorite parks, homes, places and eats. All the while these two brothers fed me memories and insight about the city they adore. I discovered their preferred bubble tea smoothies, the vegetables they despise, and their distaste for Canadian geese. I learned about their different senses of adventure, about the pets and animals they grew up with, and cracked up at crazy funny stories about their dad. I grimaced when I was told that they had to look up who Oasis was (and that a scary amount of 90s kids have never heard of them). And I learned that I am the luckiest to have had the opportunity to photograph them.
This was the first shoot I have ever had where strangers modeled for me. I have a lot of experience in the photojournalism side of photography, where I’m just there to record the actions of others. I’m almost scarily good at being a fly on the wall. That part of me definitely came to light a lot more than I had wanted; I found myself observing, taking it all into my introverted self, more than talking and interacting with these two fantastic people who had allowed me, a complete stranger, to enter their lives.
I had an absolute blast on this photoshoot. Seeing the two interact the way they did – I imagine it’s just like how the real Liam and Noel interacted when they were our age. It made me appreciate having an older sister.
A long time ago, my Oasis obsession cruised in on a hot summer day. I was at Cedar Point with my friend Sarah, eating jumbo pretzels before going on the Witches’ Wheel. I overheard some song playing near an Employees Only door. I knew I had heard it before, and managed to keep the chorus in my head the rest of the day. When I got home, I poured through my mom and sister’s CD collection, and finally found it. I remember skipping around my living room as Supersonic filled the air. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Regarding the photos, I had Bryon and Roger present a fresh take on my favorite Gallagher photos that I found online and in magazines. We even went to Roger’s church where his friend and roommate let us borrow a microphone, stage and spotlight. Nicest people ever.
In a way, Roger and Bryon were the inspiration I didn’t even know I needed. This shoot sparked a fire in my will to create, and it has earned a place in my top three favorite photoshoots of all time.
I really hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do.