Introducing Parker Fitzgerald

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 02 Feb, 2017
Parker Fitzgerald is a Photographer and owner at Ransom Limited. Parker recently married his now wife Melissa, in the US, wearing a bespoke Stewart Christie & Co. suit, commissioned from a distance, for his wedding
Q Name?
A Parker Fitzgerald


Q Occupation?
A Photographer, Creative Director


Q You recently chose Stewart Christie & Co as tailors for you wedding suit. We were very proud to make it for you and to have styled the rest of your outfit. Did your wife, Melissa know you had commissioned something special? What were her thoughts on your finished design and look?
A Well to be honest, I think it was Melissa's idea to approach Stewart Christie's in the first place. I had been having a very hard time finding a suit that I didn't hate, and although I had met Dan back in March, commissioning a tailor all the way in Scotland didn't seem very practical. Melissa convinced me to reach out anyway and the rest is history!
Melissa could not have been more happy with the results. Needless to say, it's the most meaningful outfit I've ever worn and will probably ever own.
Q We were delighted to work with you on your last visit to the highlands. This shoot was shot predominantly on film. Is this your prepared stock every time?
A I do my absolute best to shoot with film for each and every one of my commissioned jobs, yes. There are a few instances where digital is absolutely necessary usually because of time constraints. For everything else, I use film. The process is much more enjoyable for me when the instant gratification aspect is removed - getting a set of rolls back from the lab is often like Christmas!

Q The colour and compositions that you achieve in your shots are very powerful. Can you describe the difference it makes you feel between using digital or Kodak film?
A To me, film images feel more tactile and imperfect and relatable. Digital can feel clinical, too polished and a little dead - unless you go to great lengths to processes the images in post production. Shooting a film camera also does more to keep the photographer focused on the subjects, which I think translates into the final images. I shoot with Kodak because the colors tend to be warmer - also because of a little nostalgia.


Q You have many loyal and likeminded followers who are continually impressed by your work. What has been the most challenging shoot to date?
A What a tough question! I suppose it depends on which way one looks at things. In terms of production issues, I once shot a set of images for a Honda commercial that was the most work-intensive project I'd done to date. We're talking a week of 20+ hour work days. On a personal level, I think my most challenging shoot ever was with sushi master Jiro Ono. Technically, the location was difficult because it was very dark and they would not allow strobes or lights brought into the restaurant (which was located underground in a subway station). Personally, it was challenging because I have a great respect for Ono-san and I wanted to do as good of a job as possible. That one still gives me a tight stomach when I think of it, haha.


Q You work closely with one of your brother's at Ransom Limited. How long have you both been working together? And what separates your skill set?
A My brother and I have been working together since early 2010. He's the brains of the operation and takes care of a lot of the ins-and-outs of the business. Over the years, though, he's developed into a very skilled shooter in his own right. We often work together, switching rolls back and forth between principle and assistant depending on the client. It's so rewarding to work that closely with family.


Q How was Ransom created?
A Initially, when my brother moved to Portland and we started working together, we did everything under my name. As we progressed, that became restricting and so we founded Ransom as a way to undertake a wider number of projects, working with a wider network of professionals. It seemed like a very natural progression.


Q Stewart Christie & Co., a long established company who is beginning to define itself as a brand. Combining classical craftsmanship with modern ideas, this draws certain parallels with the way you work. Do you prefer a directional modern edge or reinventing more classical ideas in your work?
A I have always been drawn towards the past and traditions - it's part of why I gravitate towards older techniques and equipment. Here now in the post-internet age, I think it's vitally important that brands like Stewart Christie grow and bring the traditions they represent into the future along with them. I can't overstate how much I respect you and Dan for what you're working to accomplish.


Q You've explored Scotland both for work and personal projects, and more recently for your honeymoon! What are the top three places you have visited over all your trips?
A So so tough! I think everyone would list Skye. I know it's were all the tourists go, but it's because it is just plain gorgeous. I love that island. Another favorite is the area around Aberfeldy. There are so many great places to go walking in Perthshire. On a more personal level, the Rannoch Moor holds a very special place in my heart. I trekked across it in freezing rain during a personal walking holiday a few years back and I will never forget that experience. That was the first day I saw the Buachaille Etive Mòr, too, peaking through the fog and clouds ahead of me like some sort of Tolkienesque pyramid.


"Daniel, who fitted my suit, is a gentleman and consummate master, the whole team were extremely helpful. I will treasure this suit the rest of my days."


Q Last but not least. Any Scottish words that you didn't understand on your trip?
A I've gotten a bit more competent picking through the thicker brogues in my travels, but gaelic is still impenetrable to me. We listened to the gaelic BBC stations while driving around on our honeymoon just because the language sounds like someone telling you secrets. So relaxing.

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Very interested to know what you are currently working on that we may look forward to?
This is a sabbatical year. I am tinkering and pottering, but not doing a novel. A few short stories, meetings about film and TV. Travelling to festivals far and wide to promote Inspector Rebus' 30th anniversary.

It’s incredible that Rebus has been translated into 22 different languages, have you ever read them in other languages? We understand you resided in France for a while. It must be quite a strange feeling to see them in French, not that you would read it, but is there anything that would make you read any of your novels again once you've written them?

Translated into 35 languages - I need to update the information available online! I lived in France for six years but it wasn't translated into French until after I'd moved back to the UK, which was a bit annoying. I only ever reread my novels when asked by my publisher to provide the introduction to some new edition. 

Where do you find your inspiration in Edinburgh for such crime stories? Do you have a few "favourite haunts" you like to go to and write, or are you one of those writers who is constantly inspired throughout the day, like Alexander McCall Smith, who is forever writing?

I write seldom. I'm certainly no McCall Smith. The man is a machine. I hang out in pubs, especially the Oxford Bar. I eavesdrop on conversations. I go for drinks with retired cops. I am also a news junkie, and often get ideas from newspaper reports and such like.

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Like most crime writers, I am a frustrated rock star. Putting so much music in my books has led me to form friendships with a host of musicians, which is a lovely bonus. I will be interviewing at least one musician at this year's festival - but it's under wraps at the moment.



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