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Jonathan Blaustein: You’re from Ireland. Is that right?
Andrew Hetherington: Correct. Yes.
JB: How far does a good accent take you?
AH: Good question. It certainly helped get my foot in the door and I have certainly laid it on thick at times to break the ice. Then sprinkle some irony, sarcasm and charm on top for the full Irish effect.
One has to use what one has. You know?
JB: Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. Right?
AH: We wouldn’t say that in Ireland. But…I guess, yeah.
JB: (laughing) There’s the sarcasm. I guess. Whatever.
AH: Let’s face it. It is partly a game, and how you choose to play it. I think you’ve got to use all the tools in the arsenal. Do you need to take good photographs? Absolutely, but what else sets you apart from the pack?
I recently photographed Conor McGregor the mixed martial arts fighter aka The Notorious AKA from Dublin here in New York for Esquire magazine. We hadn’t met before but he knew where I was from as soon as I spoke my first word. I said off the bat that I was a shite photographer and the only reason I was on the shoot was that I was Irish. Ice broken.
Doesn’t matter to me whether I am photographing a celebrity, a person in the street or a slice of bread I try to be as genuine and sincere as possible.
JB: You could not have set me up more perfectly for the next question. You used the word arsenal, I’m curious as to whether you’d agree that Arsenal Football Club are likely to beat the pants off of Liverpool this upcoming Saturday?
AH: I have a funny feeling they will, yes. They are the form team and we
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